More Vintage Recipes for Tongue

Illustration from 1882 cookbook Handbook of domestic cookery

From an 1897 Good Housekeeping. I don’t feel like these are good recipes for a beginning cook, but if you have a bit of experience cooking tongue, you could manage these.  Tongue is delicious, incredibly tender, and both of these look tasty to me. Another recipe from the same article here.


Tongue with Sauce Tartare

For this a corned tongue is preferable. It should be cooked as directed for tongue with mushrooms, except that, being salt, it must be put down in cold, not boiling, water, and need not be skewered. When done, cut off downwards about three inches of the tip of the tongue. Chop this fine, and mix with it a cupful of mayonnaise, or any rich salad dressing to which has been added two stoned and chopped olives, two chopped gherkins, one minced slice of onion, and a dessertspoonful of capers. In a salad dish make a flat rosette of crisp lettuce leaves, and in the center of this make a little mound of the sauce Tartare. Slice downward very thinly the balance of the tongue, and surround the rosette with these, arranged in overlapping slices.  Half peel a dozen small red radishes, and turn back the rind till they look like half-open rosebuds. Place each on a small lettuce leaf, set around the broad edge of the platter, and set on the ice till ready to serve.


Moulded Tongue

This may be either fresh or salt beef tongue.Simmer as directed, until quite tender, and put a package of ‘Cox’s’ gelatine to soak for a couple of hours, in just enough water to cover: then pour over one teacupful of boiling water, and stir; add four teacupfuls of bouillon or strong stock, and bring to the boiling point. Clarify by stirring into it the white of one egg, which has been eaten with a tablespoonful of cold water. Skim, and strain through a cloth or jelly bag, and season this to suit individual tastes, with Worcestershire sauce, mushroom catsup, salt, and pepper. Pour a little into a mould- any shape desired. Of course good taste will prevent you using one figured with fruit or flowers, which are designed expressly for sweets.  Put the mould on ice till the jelly is firm and then cover with a thick layer of the tongue cut in small dice-like blocks.  Over this put a layer of finely chopped parsley, and over that a layer of hard-boiled eggs, sliced.  Over these pour more of the jelly, which has been kept in a warm place, and when quite firm, repeat the previous operation until the materials are used up. When firm, and required for use, dip the mould for a moment in hot water, and reverse on a bed of water cress.  Pour mayonnaise dressing around the base, garnish with stars of beet root and sliced lemon and serve.  A delightful supper dish.


I love the ‘of course, good taste will prevent you from using a flower or fruit mould’ bit.   And the small, dice-like blocks.  Don’t they just mean cubed?

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Arachnophobics, Skip This Post

I’m visiting the U.S. from the Philippines for a few weeks, and I’ve been staying at my mother’s house as she fractured her knee just a couple days before I got here.
Almost every day I go for a walk in the woods and almost every day I see something new or different. The woods right now (and the deck, and the meadow, and everywhere) are full of the insect most of us call grand-daddy long legs, but which are more properly called harvestman. Turns out that in some areas, daddy long legs is the common name for crane flies or
cellar spiders or something else.

I was told that they are extremely venomous but safe for humans because their mouths are too small to bite us at all, however, according to this site, they have neither venom nor a delivery system for it. I wonder where these myths come from?
They do not make webs, and unlike other arachnids, they are able to eat food directly, without liquifying it. They eat many different things, including other small insects. They lay eggs, and in some of the species, the male guards the nest and cleans the eggs until they hatch.

Unlike other arachnids, they often hang out together, and without eating each other. The idea is that a group of them together can protect each other from drying out in a dry, hot climate, or possibly, the small scent they emit when disturbed is a better protection against predators when a group of Harvestmen together are emitting that scent.

So, we have seen a lot of them in the woods and elsewhere on the property. Mostly, they are nondescript colours, brown mainly. But one day last week or so, The HG (now a mother of five children 7 and under, btw), noticed some very red varieties, and then we noticed more, and then we noticed more again. As the HG’s current four year old sagely observed on a nature walk, ‘If you see two of something, then you are sure to see more.” And quite right she was.

I took a few pictures of the red harvestman or Opiliones- the harvestman is a member of the species Opiliones, an arachnid but not a spider. There are several thousand different kinds, at the thought of which the mind boggles and the skin may feel a bit itchy. I used a free magnifying app I had downloaded on my camera. When I looked at the pictures I was astonished to see that the creatures were not red at all- they were apparently being colonized by something else that is red:

According to the experts, these red things are most likely to be phoretic mites. And that led to even more interesting information.

According to Wikipedia, the term phoretic refers to ‘a form of symbiosis where the symbiont, termed the phoront, is mechanically transported by its host.” Neither of the two organisms in this symbiotic relationship depends much on the other- they can survive independently.

So basically, these red mites were using the Harvestmen as a taxi service, all over the woods on the same day. Was there a special at Macy’s or something?

The mites probably are part of the decomposition squad in the forest, and they will drop off the harvestman when they get to something good to eat. They look like tiny seeds in my picture, but my magnification isn’t good enough to show their tiny, thread like legs.

And this was highly interesting:

“Many phoretic mites travel on scavenger insects and are highly specific; they will arrive on a particular species of host and no other. Because of this, they may be useful as trace indicators of their carriers even when their carriers are absent.”

(PDF) Phoretic mites associated with animal and human decomposition. Available from: [accessed Jul 07 2018].”

So they use the harvestman as a public transportation service, and they are picky about it.

Now, my experts could be wrong and these could be some more problematic form of mite, something parasitic, perhaps, but a day or two later and we didn’t see the red harvestmen any more- they were back to their usual nondescript brown.

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tidbits of news

ICE agents break up child trafficking ring- while actively being protested by ill advised leftist protesters in their way.

Democratic party now openly supporting Marxism, socialism.  Ten years ago, maybe even 5, they used to pretend they didn’t.  Now they don’t even remember denying it.

30 year old member of the non-violent Green party assaults 16 y.o. kid minding his own business at a restaurant, steals his MAGA hat and calls him the ‘n’ word because he’s such a woke leftist.  He leaves, laughing and mocking the kid (did I mention he also threw a drink in his face)- but he’s now been identified, fired, kicked out of the Green party and arrested.  Meanwhile… lest you dismiss this as some random crazy dude (which, yes, he is, but)… it seems being crazy is becoming pretty main stream for the left.

CNN commentator Marc Lamont Hill condoned the attack, TMZ guy justified, and so did a whole lot of other people.

DNC loses Russia lawsuit against Trump.


Interesting read on the limitations of civility– it’s basically a social contract and when one side quits playing the other side is no longer obligated to keep it up, and, in fact, is kind if an idiot for trying in many cases.



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Yes. Obama separated families.

From 2012:

“A new report authored by Seth Freed Wessler, an investigative reporter and researcher at and the Applied Research Center, points out in the first six months of 2011 the federal government deported more than 46,000 parents of children who are U.S. citizens.

The report, called “Shattered Families,”estimates as many as 5,100 children are now living in foster care in the U.S. as a result of parents being detained or deported.”

Trump already stopped. The thousands more kids Obama separated from their families years ago… where are they now? Why doesn’t media care?

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6 of the rescued Boko Haram girls were brought to U.S. and exploited

Read it all and consider just how often our easy, feel good, social media approach to charity is not helping.


He is wrong about the donated clothes, though.

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