Looking for a recipe for chicken croquettes I came across this site for recipes dating back to the 1600's but most from the late 1800's and early 1900's.
Not only is it a treasure for long forgotten foods, but it has some recipes that look tasty.
I like pumpkin a lot and there are lots of interesting pumpkin recipes such as French fried pumpkin in lard (sweet potato fries aren’t so new), Pumpkin Chips (interesting - sugar/lemon), Pumpkin Porridge (with buttermilk & nutmeg), Pumpkin "Alla Parmegiana", Dried Pumpkin (for later pie use), Pumpkin Jam,
There was even a pumpkin tip “The water in which pumpkin has been boiled, is said to be very good to mix bread with, it having a tendency to improve it in sweetness and to keep it moist”
These all sounded lovely - Conserve of Violets, Syrup of Roses, or of any other Flower, Raspberry Sugar, Frosted Holly-Leaves, for Garnishing
There’s Curds and Whey … haven’t you always wondered what that was … well, ick … though it sort of sounds like cottage cheese.
Tennis stew is, um, deep-fried mashed potato balls served with carrots carved in the shape of tennis ‘bats’.
There’s a surprising number of vegetarian recipes such as Vegetable Browned Hash, Herb Pie (the first quiche?), Dandelion with Sour Sauce,
There were non food items made mainly from food …
Vinegar of the Four Thieves (an early air freshener), whitewash/paint (unslacked lime and rice), Face Powder (wheat starch), Instantaneous Hair Dye (walnuts), Ox marrow-Pomade for the Hair, Cold cream (walnut oil, rose oil), An Agreeable Disinfectant (fresh ground coffee on a shovel of hot coals)
Even the titles of the source cookbooks are fascinating, and the actual books are online if you click the name
Foods That Will Win the War and How to Cook Them (1918)
The Suffrage Cook Book (1915)
The intro is really something else
365 Foreign Dishes - A Foreign Dish for every day in the year (1908)
This is a hoot to read
The Queen-like Closet or Rich Cabinet - Very Pleasant and Beneficial to All Ingenious Persons of the Female Sex (1672)
Some of the instructions for the older recipes are interesting. There's a recipe for homemade sweetened condensed milk or "To Preserve Milk to Use at Sea" that includes instructions such as "To every quart of new milk put a pound of loaf-sugar; let it boil very slowly in an iron pot, over clear coals,"
There are even menus ...
Diet to Reduce Weight: Dinner ... Mrs. Wilson's Cook Book (1920).
"This amount of food will not only satisfy, but also will, if persisted in, give satisfactory results in a reduction of flesh"
Dinners for Twelve ... Miss Parloa's New Cook Book.
There's Larded Grouse with Bread Sauce, Smelts à la Tartare and Royal Diplomatic Pudding (lemon gelatin with wine)
Bill of Fare for Fish Days in Great Houses and at Familiar Times
Includes drool-inducing diehs such as boiled Gurnet, Skirret Pie, Eels spitchcockt, pickled Oysters
Bill of Fare for Gentlemens Houses of Lesser Quality
By which you may also know how to order any Family beneath another, which is very requisite
Don't know ... I'm preferring this one ...while there is Calves head Pie, there is also A Sallad, the best in season, A Dish of fat Chickens rosted, A couple of lobsters, A Dish of fryed Pasties, A Dish of Tarts