Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Still on the topic of Mount Vernon.....

once you got to the kitchens we were allowed to take photos, and this was on the table.  It is some kind of savory pie and it looks real enough but I don't think so. 


As I was interested in what George Washington may have eaten I did a bit of surfing on line and read that Hoe Cakes were a favorite breakfast food of his.  If you go here you will find a recipe.   On this page you will see recipes for String Beans with Almonds, Steak and Kidney Pie, and Fish Muddle. Favorite desserts were Tipsy Cake (we know it as Trifle), Martha Washington's Tipsy Whiskey Cake and Cherry Pie (something he has in common with Gregg).  According to what I also read on this page, he enjoyed Porter which was a dark ale.  Also Madera and Wine.  He liked pickles and other condiments.

Martha Washington's cookbook can be found if you click on this link.

A very detailed article on what George Washington ate can be found here.

While we are on the subject of food, today I made a Navy Bean Soup which I have posted before. You can find that here.

26 comments:

The Elephant's Child said...

That pie looks like a Christmas version of the infamous pork pie. Infamous because it is served cold and, even while I was a dedicated meat eater, it ranked along side liver, kidney and offal in any form. That is - inedible.

eileeninmd said...

Wow, that is a big pie. Great info and post from your visit to Mount Vernon! Great shot, Denise. Have a happy day!

imac said...

looks like one of our famous Pork-Pies.

Valerie said...

When I saw your header picture I thought I was looking at some of your baking. Aw shucks, and you said it wasn't real.

Tanya said...

i'm always interested in what people ate in the past...heck, i'm interested in what people are eating right now,lol...have you eaten at the tavern in williamsburg where old george ate? we didn't get a chance to eat there, it was closed but we ate at king's arm tavern (or something like that)...neat atmosphere!

gigihawaii said...

Very interesting. But how would anyone know what he ate? Were they there? Lol.

Kerri said...

Oh it does look good enough to eat!

diane b said...

It looks like a big pork pie. My mum used to love English pork pies. Do you?

TexWisGirl said...

i think i'll stay with what i eat. :)

Rajesh said...

This pie looks to be very real.

Marie said...

Thanks for this awesome post!

katerchen said...

er hat es also deftig gemocht,das was er gegessen hat.

LG vom katerchen

Rose ~ from Oz said...

Oh my look at that pie, real or not - I wonder if it would just collapse if one was to cut it!
Haha, I too at very first thought the header was your culinary delights!
Have a lovely day Denise and (thank you for your kind words and of course I'll take the hug!)
R.

Sara said...

Those hoe cakes sound mighty good. My mom used to make something called corn dodgers...just cornmeal and water, shaped into patties and fried in a little butter, eaten with butter and honey. Soooooo good. I could never master them, sadly. Or maybe that's a good thing, cause I'd be tempted to eat way too many.

I went to the book link. Love the front cover of that book - someone has a sense of humor.

Craver Vii said...

I like the light, colors and textures in that pic. It does make a nice header, too. :-)

Carletta said...

Cake for breakfast - George and I would have been great friends! :)
I scrolled down to see your other posts on Mount Vernon - lovely Denise!

George said...

The tipsy cake sounds interesting. That is not something we would ordinarily associate with George Washington.

Cloudia said...

Navy (or Yankee) beans ARE good!

So they didn't, even jokingly in light of the election, show you the great man's "Hemp" field?


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Gill - That British Woman said...

I thought pork pie as well!!

Gill

Betsy Adams said...

Mmmmmmmm... Your navy bean soup sounds great... And--I've enjoyed seeing all of your photos from Mt. Vernon. Interesting to know what food our first President enjoyed!!!!!

Hugs,
Betsy

Kay said...

George Washington was such a great president but he sounds almost like an American myth. Learning what he liked to eat makes him sound more human.

lina@happy family said...

The cake looks so real for me :)
Thanks for dropping by, Denise.
Enjoying your shots too.

EG CameraGirl said...

Isn't it amazing that we actually know what George Washington liked to eat? I think that's fascinating. :))

HOOTIN ANNI said...

How wonderful!!! And the post below with all the Christmas ornaments [I would love to have the glass ornament of Mount Vernon]...awesome Denise. I toured the home and property of this beauty years ago...like nearly 50 years ago...geez has it been that long? yep, I believe it was 1967. Wow. I'm nearly as ancient at Mt. Vernon it seems like.

I loved this, the history and your terrific commentary.

Roy Norris said...

The Savoury Pie looks good, are you sure Gregg didn't try a bit Denise.{:))

Kathie Brown said...

Denise, how very interesting! You now know more about him than I do and I was born on his birthday!