A dish of satire was always a delicious treat to human malignity; but that dish was differently seasoned, as the manners were polished more or less.
continued Babet, turning to Daphne; "my dishes are only pewter, but there is such a flavour in my simple fare--my vegetables and fruits--I can't account for it, except it be the blessing of heaven."
Well (Hiero continued), and all these wonderfully-made dishes which are set before the tyrant, or nine-tenths of them, perhaps you have observed, are combinations of things acid to the taste, or pungent, or astringent, or akin to these? (
They consisted of three dishes; the subjects painted on them are, Pan and Apollo, Jupiter and Semele, and on the largest, Apollo surrounded by wreaths of nymphs and satyrs, and on the rim are entwined Cupids: this latter dish is about twenty inches in diameter, and bears an inscription, in Italian, purporting that it was made at Rome, in 1542, in the manufactory of Guido di Merlingho Vassaro, a native of Urbino.
At the same period, a supper-dish, when the king supped with his mistress, Lady Castlemaine, was "a chine of beef roasted."
Their soups are made most intolerably hot with spices; and their favourite dish is cous-ca-sou, which appears to me to be prepared in the following manner: The meat and vegetables are laid alternately in a large bowl, and seasoned; then the whole is covered with fine wheaten flour, made into small grains, very like the Italian pastes.
"The china dish is David's present, and these cards are from Mrs. Albright and Mrs. Bonnyman and Miss Crilly.
Now each home-cooked dish was a feast for the camp-fed to contrast with their fare at Coloma, Wood's Camp, and sundry other places, where flour, rice, ship-bread, and coffee were three dollars a pound; salt pork and white beans, two dollars a pound; jerked beef, eight dollars a pound; saleratus, sixteen dollars an ounce; and salt, sugar, and raisins were put on the scales to balance their weight in gold dust; where liquor was fifty cents a tablespoonful, and candles five dollars each.
Their principal dish, however, is rice, which is not only employed by them in the composition of their various dishes, but supplies the place of bread.
The dish is the wooden "clap-dish" on which beggars clattered to attract attention.
This dish is a very nice addition to the breakfast-table.
A dish in high repute in some parts of Germany, and which deserves to be particularly recommended, is a salad of potatoes.
The quantity of cheese employed to give a relish to this dish of boiled maccaroni, (and which was grated over it after it was put into the dish,) was one ounce, and cost two farthings.