tisdag 10 februari 2009

Tea is a slow poison...

So wrote Florence Daniel 1908 in her book "Food Remedies, Facts About Foods And Their Medicinal Uses" and she continued: "..and so is coffee except under exceptional conditions when it is used as a medicine, and then it should always be pale-roasted."
So I thought we should have a healthier afternoon tea today.

Raisin Tea.
To make raisin-tea, take half a pound of good raisins and wash well, but quick-ly, in lukewarm water. Cut up roughly and put into the old-fashioned beef-tea jar with a quart of distilled or boiled and filtered rain water. Cook for four hours, or until the liquid is reduced to 1 pint. Scald a fine hair sieve and press through it all except the skins and stones. If desired a little lemon juice may be added.

Bran Tea.
Nervous or anæmic persons will derive great benefit from a course of bran tea. It is made as follows:—To every cup of bran allow 2 cups distilled water. Well wash the bran in cold water; it is generally full of dust. Put in a saucepan with the cold distilled water, cover tightly, and boil for thirty minutes. Strain, and flavour with sugar and lemon juice to taste. Take a teacupful night and morning.
"Food Remedies, Facts About Foods And Their Medicinal Uses" by Florence Daniel.
I'm not so sure that Maryland Biscuits are the most wholesome thing to eat with this tea - but I figured you get some exercise when pounding the dough with the axe! And if you use butter instead of lard even the vegetarians among us can eat it.
Maryland Biscuit.
Rub half a pound of lard into three pounds of flour; put in a spoonful of salt, a tea cup of cream, and water sufficient to make it into a stiff dough; divide it into two parts, and work each well till it will break off short, and is smooth; (some pound it with an iron hammer, or axe;) cut it up in small pieces, and work them into little round cakes; give them a slight roll with the rolling-pin, and stick them, bake them in a dutch-oven, brick-oven, or dripping-pan of a stove, with a quick heat. These biscuits are very nice for tea, either hot or cold.

From "Domestic Cookery, Useful Receipts, and Hints to Young Housekeepers" by Elizabeth E. Lea.

And finally I'll give you recipe for Prune tea — don't we all know one or two persons that could benefit from a cup, or maybe a teapot full of this tea?

Prune Tea.
Prune tea is an excellent drink for irritable persons. It is made as follows: To every pint of washed prunes allow 1 quart of distilled water. Soak the prunes all night, and afterwards simmer to rags in the same water. Strain, and flavour with lemon juice if desired.

2 kommentarer:

  1. Margaretha, I have so many pleasant surprises when I come to visit your blog: wonderful pictures and poetry and delicious recipes. Today's surprise is the greatest of all - beating dough with an axe! I must sit and ponder that for a while.

  2. Quite a few of those old recipes use unorthodox methods or unusual ingredients - but pounding the dough with a hammer or axe is beyond my wildest expectations.