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  • I've just been handed this by the Oddman.

  • I think it's a parcel from Mr Townsend. I sent him a parcel a little while ago on behalf

  • of Lady Braybrooke and I put in it things that I believe are typically British foods.

  • I am excited to see what he has sent me.

  • August, 1881, Indiana, United States of America.

  • Dear Mrs Crocombe, it was with great excitement and joy that we received your parcel in the

  • Spring. Please convey our humblest thanks to Lady Braybrooke.

  • The interesting delicacies were so thoughtful and much loved. Miss Ivy was especially fond

  • of the plum cake and has added the recipe to her collection.

  • Autumn is quickly approaching. You can feel it in the chill of the morning, hear it with

  • the sound of the cicadas, and smell it with the turning of the leaves.

  • The coming coolness is greatly wished for, as there are several hard jobs to be finished

  • that the summer heat makes most difficult.

  • Of prime importance is a log cabin that must be finished before the snow comes.

  • As the days turn cooler so the ovens at welcome warmth to the house and there are special

  • favourite recipes that come to mind.

  • While considering the appropriate dish to send back to Audley End House I considered

  • a recipe that would reflect both old world and the new.

  • An Indian Pudding. Puddings are such a traditional faire in England, yet the ingredients to make

  • this Indian Pudding originate in these United States. Namely maize, maple syrup and blueberries.

  • I hope it does not seem impertinent to send a maize recipe - being of common faire in

  • the United States I hoped you might be amused by the novelty of a maize pudding as I understand

  • the English consider maize to be a food more suited to animals. But we of the Americas

  • consume it with regularity with no ill effects.

  • Being mindful of the long transit and the nature of a pudding, I have packaged the ingredients

  • along with the recipe and trusting to your capable hands to fashion a pudding in your

  • kitchen.

  • I have not the least doubt of your interest that the recipe comes from one of the earliest

  • truly American cookbooks - 'American Cookery' by Amelia Simmons.

  • I look forward to hearing how the recipe is received.

  • Your most humble servant Jon Townsend.

  • A quart of milk - hmm, that's two pints, and I must remember that's American pints which

  • are a little smaller than ours.

  • 1 1/3 cups cornmeal - oh that's the bit that's from maize. Now I do use that but as cornflour

  • to thicken things.

  • 4 eggs - hmm, we often have quite large eggs so I might try it with three.

  • 6 ounces of dried blueberries - hmm, now I think they look like our bilberries, or where

  • I come from in Devon we call them whortleberries.

  • 3 ounces of butter - well that surely must be the same the world over.

  • Spice - hmm, I wonder if he mentions which ones.

  • Sugar - I should imagine that's to taste. And I'm used to judging how much sugar to

  • put in suitable for my employers taste.

  • Method - gently heat the milk and add the cornmeal while stirring continuously. Stir

  • until the mixture begins to thicken.

  • Let stand until cool enough to add the eggs and butter. Add spices to taste.

  • I recommend a bit of ginger and cinnamon - and don;t forget the nutmeg.

  • Add sugar to taste.

  • Add blueberries.

  • Pour into a well greased bowl or mould.

  • Bake in a middling quick oven for about an hour. Serve warm or cold with a pudding sauce

  • or maple syrup.

  • Now that the pudding is cold, I can take it out of it's mould.

  • Hmm - it doesn't look quite as good as I'd like. I think perhaps I boiled the cornmeal

  • for too long. Next time when I make it won't boil it for quite so long. It certainly does't

  • look good enough to go up to Lord Braybrooke's table.

  • But then I would never send anything up to his table without trying it first.

  • Mmmm! Oh it's very good.

  • As the upper servants always have leftovers for supper I think I might serve this, this

  • evening.

  • I must remember to send a thank you letter to Mr Townsend.

I've just been handed this by the Oddman.

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B2 US pudding maize cornmeal parcel recipe crocombe

Mrs Crocombe Receives a “Taste of America

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    ally.chang posted on 2020/03/25
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