Well, Karim and I, made up a group of 14 people that embarked on this unique experience of cooking dinner as early New Englanders did back in the 19th century. We can thank his friend Gabe for the evening spent making a country dinner at Old Sturbridge Village, in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. Gabe and his wife Sabrina participated before and invited us and some others to join them.
Our small group meet with Joanna, one of our hosts for the evening. She was dressed in traditional clothing that reflected the time period of the 1830s. Her hair was covered with a simple white bonnet and she wore a long dark cape that covered her long skirt and other layers of clothing. Before we headed to the Parsonege house where we would make dinner, we received instructions and safety protocols. The important things to remember was that the only light we had came from candles, so it would be fairly dark and that when we were removing items from the fire that we should always use pot holders, otherwise we were sure to get a burn.
|Game table in the center of the room.|
- Pounded Cheese
- Mulled Cider
- Gourd Soup
- Roasted Stuffed Chicken (stuffed with mashed potatoes)
- Beef Olives (thinly sliced beef with bread stuffing)
- Roasted Vegetables
- Pink Pears
- Dried Apple Cranberry Pie with Raisins
- Butter Biscuits
|Buttered biscuits rising by the fire.|
I enjoyed the process so much that I wasn't phased by the fact that we were cooking without modern technology. We had a pan of warmed soap water and a pan of warmed water to wash and rinse the dishes as we went along. Don't get me wrong, it was a lot of work, but the experience itself makes the work enjoyable. I really understand why families had so many kids back then. I would have not wanted to handle all these duties by myself. Even if you had a husband, the work was a lot for just two people.
The best part of the night was when we sat down to eat dinner. It was amazing to see all the food that we prepared by hand. It was fabulous, absolutely delicious! Just thinking about the beef olives makes my mouth water.
|Two people from our group working at their station.|
For more information or to make reservations, click here Old Sturbridge Village.
It was fun to share this excursion with you. I look forward to my next one. Take care til' then.