Thursday, December 27, 2012


Housewives and housekeeps used the same basic methods you and I use today: baking, frying, roasting and cooking in liquids; namely boiling, simmering and stewing. With the exception that they used very heavy cast-iron cookware, long handled fry pans and the spit with its jack for turning meat, fish and poultry.
In the house we are building I'm seriously considering having one of these:
Kitchen Fireplace Spitjack
Kitchen Fireplace Spitjack
I'd never have a cold house again!! Especially in Winter.
1700s Roasting Jack
1700s Roasting Jack
cast iron dutch oven

Heavy cast-iron dutch oven

clean and season cast iron pan
Clean/Season with oil, a cast iron pan
long handled frying pan
Long handled frying pan

Most of the French who settled Louisbourg came from the Coastal regions of Normandy, Brittany, southwest Atlantic coast and communities near Bordeaux. Bretons and Normans tended towards rich, creamy sauces and cooking with cider and calvados. While those from the west coast cooked with wine. Adaptions were made when certain foods were no longer available or were more expensive than in their native country. A replacement for wild boar in France, caribou became the option in the 1700s Cape Breton. 

A basic recipe and starter for Stocks and Sauces was Roux, what we know today as a thickener.

Combine equal portions of Flour and Butter! That's it!!

2 Tbsp Flour
2 Tbsp Butter
Mix flour into melting butter and cook over moderate heat for 2 to 3 minutes to allow it to 'brown' before adding another liquid.

Use to thicken liquids like stock, wine, milk and sauces. 

Reducing Method
Allows the meat, fish or vegetables juices to simmer uncovered until the amount of liquid has reduced. This intensifies taste and provides more body to the sauce. 

I made and used the roux with the Chicken en civet I made and it thickened wonderfully without the 'floury' taste you can sometimes get. 

Try this the next time you are making a sauce and see how it works for you.


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