Thursday, December 22, 2005
Christmas Moggy and Cowheel Soup!
There’s not much sign of a white Christmas around here at the moment and I’m hoping for even a little sprinkling of frost to transform the autumnal greens and browns of the garden into something a more wintry white. Maybe it’s something to do with my Viking ancestry, but it doesn’t really feel like Christmas to me without the cold!
At this time of year I do tend to become obsessed with food as well as with the weather. My grandmother always makes Yorkshire Moggy, which is traditionally served at breakfast on Christmas Eve. Since it mainly consists of ingredients such as lard, sugar and golden syrup I can’t really recommend it as a healthy eating option. It does, however, seem equally as edible or inedible as the cowheel soup that was apparently taken at Christmas country balls during the Georgian and Regency period! Given that you would be wearing your flimsy muslin gown and travelling in a draughty carriage, I suppose you needed something warming to greet you on arrival. A soup containing shin of beef, onions, mushroom ketchup, eggs and walnuts plus half a pint of Madeira wine sounds just the job.
A very happy festive season to everyone!