Friends, I am looking forward to taking a little holiday break. I still have a few more days of work, but after that I’ll get to spend some time with family, hole up for a few days at home with my various writing projects, and then have a few friends over for the traditional hoppin’ john and collards. This blog will probably go quiet for a few weeks, which just means that I’ll be storing up some good stories and links for the New Year.
In the meantime, I’ve enjoyed these scenes of holiday eating from around the web:
- From Ploughshares, an interview with Lynne Olver of Food Timeline. I did not know this, but the Food Timeline has been on the internet since 1999. 1999! I was graduating high school, and Lynne Olver was working as a reference librarian and building a collection of historical references about when particular foods appeared and what they might have looked like. Further on, she talks about receiving requests for help finding family recipes around this time of year, and answers a few questions for authors who wish to incorporate historically accurate food into specific scenes in their novels.
- Beth Accomando at NPR’s The Salt annually prepares a seven-course meal–with elevenses and all–to accompany a LOTR movie-watching marathon. (Which, I mean, if that’s not a holiday then what is?) It is both mouth-watering (mmmm, mulled cider) and alarming–so many starches! So much! All the same, I am very attracted to discrete munchable pastries such as cookies and biscuits, extra points for coming in an intriguing wrapper, so I can imagine trying out lembas bread at some point.
- Mental Floss’s history of eggnog notes how the making and drinking of eggnog changed slightly when it hit American shores, where eggs and cream were more easily gotten than in England, and describes a few historical scenes of eggnog tomfoolery. I’ve been sitting on a post about the history of another descendent of the dubious-sounding posset–mulled wine–and briefly entertained the idea of trying posset at home, but the thought of curdling milk on purpose with the intent to drink it seems about as dubious as Chicken Ale.
Travel safely and have a beautiful year’s end, everyone!