Welcome To Pilgrims and Pioneers!

After many years of researching my family geneaology I have been lucky enough to discover actual information about my relatives that lived in the Pilgrim Era and the Pioneer Era- while many people also have realtives from those eras- many do not know their names or where they lived- actually seeing the proof in print makes you much more aware of who they really were.
After discovering these relatives it of course made me curious to learn more about the eras that they lived in and what their lives were like as, the history I learned in grade school had long since been forgotten.
I decided to start this blog for others who are also interested in these eras.
Some of the information here will be actual facts about my realtives and some will be information about the eras in general that I have found on the web.
I hope you will enjoy traveling back in time with me!

Monday, March 3, 2008

Recipe from the Pilgrim days- Stewed Pompion ( Pumpkin)

The Ancient New England standing dish.But the Housewives manner is to slice them when ripe, and cut them into dice, and so fill a pot with them of two or three Gallons, and stew them upon a gentle fire a whole day, and as they sink, they fill again with fresh Pompions, not putting any liquor to them; and when it is stew'd enough, it will look like bak'd Apples; this they Dish, putting Butter to it, and a little Vinegar, (with some Spice, as Ginger, &c.) which makes it tart like an Apple, and so serve it up to be eaten with Fish or Flesh: It provokes Urine extreamly and is very windy.Notes about the recipe:The English people in the 1600's called all pumpkins and squash “pompions.”Back in John Josselyn's time there was no such thing as a spelling test! People who could write spelled words any way they liked.
Just like today, in the 1600's English people knew that that some foods had an effect on the human body. John Josselyn says at the end of this recipe that this food provokes urine and causes gas (windy)!This is the same recipe written in a modern style to try at home. Adults will need to help with this recipe.A Dish of Stewed Pompion
4 cups of cooked squash, roughly mashed
3 tablespoons butter
2 to 3 teaspoons cider vinegar
1 or 2 teaspoons ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt-In a saucepan over medium heat, stir and heat all the ingredients together. Adjust seasonings to taste, and serve hot.
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