Yeah, I was going to just do one 1894 post a day, but then I wanted to share some more, and I was all, WAIT, I’m SELF-INDULGENT, I’m not just lazy, you know? So, suck it!
One would assume the following recipes were meant to overcome the GREAT SHELLFISH SHORTAGE OF 1894, but, apparently, these chicks just couldn’t cook for shit.
Mock Crab - A quarter of a pound of cheese, grated, a yolk of one hard-boiled egg, a little cayenne pepper, a little salt, half a mustard-spoonful of mustard, a little vinegar, and a tablespoon of salad oil; mix to a paste well, then spread between brown biscuits.
Shrimp Sandwich - Mix to a paste as many hard-boiled egg yolks as you require, with their weight in butter, add shrimp essence to taste, a little mustard, pepper and cayenne to taste, and put between slices of fried bread.
Anchovy Toasts are simply thin slices of fried toast spread with a thin layer of anchovy paste, sprinkled with grated yolk of hard-boiled egg, and are delicious.
WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED?:
1. Honestly? If you’re using something called “shrimp essence,” I would want more exacting measurements for ingredients than “to taste.” Clearly, your taste is not to be trusted.
2. What is a mustard-spoonful of mustard? ARE YOU LEWIS CARROLL?
3. I do miss recipes that call for “their weight in butter.”
4. Here’s an 1894 recipe for you: fried bread, butter, cheese, hard-boiled eggs, vague fishy flavor. COMBINE, SERVE, FIND HUSBAND.