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The Gentlewoman's Companion: or, A Guide to the Female Sex, an electronic edition

by Hannah Woolley [Woolley, Hannah, fl. 1670]

date: 1675
source publisher: Printed by A. Maxwell for Edward Thomas
collection: Early Modern through the 18th Century

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Bills of Fare for fasting days or Lent.

Out of these following Dishes, you may conse what Messes you please of several sorts and kinds. Oysters, if in Season. Pole of Ling, Greenfish and Eggs. Prawns butter'd, or Craw-fish. Pike boil'd. Carp stew'd with Oysters. Soles fried. Spitchcock Eels roasted. Fried Smelts, Salmon, Lobsters, and Sturgeon. Butter'd Eggs. Barley-broth, or Rice-pottage. Stew'd or fried Oysters. Boil'd Gurnet. Haddocks, fresh Cod, or Whitings, Eel or Carp- Pye. Soust Turbut. Potato's baked, or Oyster-Pyes. Butter'd Crabs. Fried Flounders. Joles of fresh Salmon. Fried Turbut. Fried Skirrets. Soust Conger; with what else your own judgments shall think proper for that Season.

| | 160 Thus Ladies I have given you an Essay, or small pattern of Cookery, not desiring to tye you too strictly to the observation fo those rules I havve here laid down for your imitation; but desire to give your fance all convenient liberty in correcting what you may find amiss herein. There are many excellent Books in Cookery already extant, to which I shall refer you, and your own ingenious experiments in the amending what in this you find erroneous, and that you may know (though A Woman) I am not altogether ignorant of that tongue I have advised you to learn, give me leave to quot an ancient Poet very applicable to this purpose.

Si quid novisti recius istis,
Candidu imperti, si non, his ntere mecum.

Now because I have promised to give an Essay to everything which concerns the virtuous and good Education of your Ladies and Gentlewomen, I shall endeavour their instruction in the most considerable matters of Physick and Chyrurgery; Candying, Preserving and Distilling.

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