A friend recently recommended this fascinating website — Four Pounds Flour: rethinking historic cuisine. It combines two of our favorite subjects, cooking and history!
I passed the site on to Daryl and he just found this intriguing recipe for doughnuts from the 1830 cookbook The Frugal Housewife, Dedicated to Those Who Are Not Ashamed of Economy.
The part that tickled us to no end was this line:
“When you have no eggs, a gill of lively emptings will do.”
Okay, the adapted recipe sounds fine, but all I really want to know is what exactly is a gill of lively emptings????
I see a research project in someone’s future….. 🙂