Ein bisschen Volkskunst – A Baroque Procession

While compiling the little slideshow of the Jubilee Cook Book I came across another slideshow I had created in 2011 after a visit to Innsbruck and it’s wonderful Museum of Folk Art. Innsbruck was a city of many surprises and treasures that it was always a joy to stop in on our way to and from Salzburg.

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Often when I am in a museum I find myself by-passing something that is a “major” attraction to focus on a more obscure work.  Last month’s visit to the Tiroler Volkskunst Museum was no exception.  They have so many wonderful pieces on display but for some reason one relatively small work caught my attention.

In 1772 in the market town of Tefls – about 40 kms from Innsbruck – the Confraternity of the Scapular celebrated the centenary of the society’s founding in the region.   Though the Vision of the Virgin to Saint Simon Stock is reputed to have happened on July 16, 1251 the laity were not granted the wearing of the miraculous garb until the 1500s. Confraternities sprang up throughout Europe as the pious vowed to faithfully pray to the Madonna and received the small pieces of brown cloth with the promise of salvation that the Virgin had pronounced…

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Valuable Recipes

Personally Tested and Vouched for by the Ladies whose names appear under the Recipes.

With that reassurance and trusting completely the good members of the Ladies Aid Society of Charlottetown’s First Methodist Church I purchased their Jubilee cookbook.

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Harper’s New Monthly Magazine,September 1877 – twenty years before they published their fine cookery book.

It was one of the many items at the Christmas Craft Fair at the Sir Andrew MacPhail Homestead. Both Laurent and I have written about this lovely heritage site near Orwell and always enjoy both the drive out there and the grounds themselves. The Christmas Fair was a fine display of Island home businesses: stolen made by a charming German couple who have recently moved here; works by an 81 year old water-colourist who was born and lived near Orwell all his life; winter wear from a nearby alpaca farm; comforting blankets and throws from a local wool mill; and a gentleman selling Christmas pudding from a recipe his grandmother used during rationing in the first world war.

After a light lunch of homemade turkey soup and cheese scones we left with one of those plum puddings, a lovely watercolour, and a facsimile copy of the ladies’ recipes for all manner of delicious cakes, cookies, salads and sundries.

Almost as much fun as the recipes (I noticed that no temperatures are given as a good housewife knows if the oven of her wood stove should be fast or slow) are the advertisements.  Everything from dentistry, to undertaker, to that stove, and possibly the coal to fire it.  Some are amusing in their (to our eyes) naivety, others could well be written by today’s advertisers.  Though I think the one that takes the cake (not Mrs G. D. Wright’s Porcupine Cake!) is the final one from Bright New Bakery and Grocery at the corner of Great George and Euston.  Proprietor L. C. Wright tells the purchaser that:

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Not exactly a roaring endorsement of the culinary artistry of the ladies of First Methodist but business is business.  I photographed (rather clumsily but I didn’t want to break the spine of the book) a few of the 72 pages – 50 of which are devoted to advertisements – and put them together as a slide show.  A left click on the cover will take you to the Flikr page and the slide show will start automatically.  Should you wish to stop it and go from page to page the controls are the bottom left (▮▮  ▶ ).

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I’ve decided that I will try Mrs. W. Weeks Jr’s recipe for lobster croquettes as indeed it would make a fine luncheon or dinner entree.

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I’ll let you know how it turned out.

On this day in 1886:  Friedrich Soennecken first developed the hole puncher, a type of office tool capable of punching small holes in paper.

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Perhaps NSFW depending on where or if you work and what country you live in.

I was surprised to see that YouTube put an “adult warning” on this but then we must remember the children! Anyway poor David – I’ve seen him on aprons, in miniature(?) on coffee tables, in bedroom niches (don’t ask!) on posters, and in the flesh, as it were. And frankly I was always aware of his short comings but it is all a matter of perspective!

On this day in 1002:  English king Æthelred II orders the killing of all Danes in England, known today as the St. Brice’s Day massacre.

The Hounds from Hell

Who knew there was a word for it?

Lately for some reason our Nicky has been seeing if he can get away with begging at the table – he can’t!  Every so often he tries to push the boundaries just in case: where food is concerned a dachshund is always willing try and push the boundaries.  When it comes to begging Nora lets Nicky make the effort and she just sits by with that look on her face.  It’s a look that both of them have perfected and that anyone who includes a dog in their family is familiar with.  It’s that silent staring at you as you eat, their eyes filled with the hope that you will share.

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“Are you planning to eat that all by yourself?”

Now until the daily post on Facebook from Grandiloquent Word of the Day showed up last Wednesday I had no idea that the act of giving someone that look has its very own verb in the English language.

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So do you think they’ve got groaking down to a fine art?
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On this day in 1912: The frozen bodies of Robert Scott and his men are found on the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica.