11 | Dec | 09

Richard Johnson

Feed The Poor

Fashions in food change. In the eighteenth century, Irish apprentices insisted on marking their indenture papers with the number of days on which their masters could feed them salmon. Salmon was deemed the food of the poor. So were oysters. In fact, oysters were so common that they were even made into sausages. In those days, a real delicacy was the tongue of a whale, or even the whole head. I’m so glad, now the wild Maldon oysters at our markets are so amazing, that the whale head is off the menu…..