Fish, Mrs Beeton, Malthus and the population problem
There then followed various suggestions from the Hodmandods Major and Minor of things I had missed - the inside of our toilet and the bins at the side of the house for instance - and much merriment was had by all - well, by all of the male Hodmandods anyway. I frequently find that my contribution to posterity through this blog is little understood and appreciated.
Anyway, here, as promised, are the pictures - the before and after. It tasted quite good in my opinion albeit a bit strong but Hodmandod Minor looked as if he were being poisoned while he picked his way through each mouthful.
I came across Mrs Beeton on the internet today - the poor woman died at the age of just 28 - a week after the birth of her fourth child. She seems to have packed a lot in to her short life. Her book of 'Household Management Comprising information for the Mistress, Housekeeper, Cook, Kitchen-Maid, Butler, Footman, Coachman, Valet, Upper and Under House-Maids, Lady’s-Maid, Maid-of-all-Work, Laundry-Maid, Nurse and Nurse-Maid, Monthly Wet and Sick Nurses, etc. etc. – also Sanitary, Medical, & Legal Memoranda: with a History of the Origin, Properties, and Uses of all Things Connected with Home Life and Comfort' was 1112 pages long with over 900 pages devoted to recipes and so is often known as Mrs Beeton's Cook Book. She was the editor rather than the author since, according to this Wikipedia article, many of the passages were clearly not written in her voice. However she introduced a format that is still in use today.
Now how did I get onto that? Ah yes - from deaths of women in childbirth to the life and work of Thomas Malthus from Malthus to the the announcement in Science Reuters that this month there will be more than 300 million people in the USA - and like all the rest of us in the 'developed' world will be using far more than their share of fuel, land, water and...food.
Back to food again. Sometimes everything seems to be connected.