06.29.20 – 07.02.20
Colonial Meat Pies
Pork & vegetable meat pies
based on a historic recipe
*plant-based option: mushroom pies
tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots
& grated cheese atop leafy greens
with an apple-cider vinaigrette
Boston Brown Bread
traditional bread made with whole-wheat & cornmeal, sweetened with molasses
Early Summer Compote
strawberries & rhubarb macerated
and thickened with its juices
Next Week’s Meal:
Fish tacos with mango, avocado &
seaside salsa with a tres leches cake
*plant-based option: tofu tacos
alternative meat option: chicken
This week’s meal is based on what the colonialists might have been eating in Boston, Massachusetts, on July 4, 1776 at a time when the nation was in a Revolution, but food ingredients were not all that revolutionary!
With limited agricultural land in New England, residents were highly dependent on trade routes to supply them with molasses, rum, spices, and tea. During the Revolution, they were over-taxed as a way to force British supply chains which did not go over well with British Colonies. This caused a strong shift in what they cooked and ate, not only shifting from British tea to French-style coffee but turning to corn-based whiskey and using molasses for cooking rather than rum. More than ever, they relied on seafood, wild game, and locally grown produce for food.
Key to healthy eating in New England during this time was the preservation of meats and produce. Since food was always cooked at the hearth with a fire, dishes were typically stewed, slow-roasted, and baked. Because local water was unsafe, the most common cooking method was boiling meats and vegetables together, which would kill anything that might be lurking on the food. Apple-cider vinegar and sea salt were used to preserve and make food safe, especially with fresh garden vegetables. Dairy cows were still rare at the time, so most foods were cooked with lard rather than butter. Milk was only to make cheese.
Curious Table serves you a colonial-inspired meal seasoned and preserved just as a Revolutionary patriot would have enjoyed.
From our table to yours…
Eat well, be well!