A Traveler and his Cat exploring America.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

The 1500's pt.3

People cooked in the kitchen in a big kettle that always hung over the fire.  They mostly ate vegetables and did not get much meat.  They would eat the stew for dinner leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight then start over the next day.  Sometimes the stew had food in it that had been in there for quite a while, hence the rhyme "peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old". 

(had to borrow this image from the Internet as with the two up above)

Sometimes they could obtain pork which made them feel quite special.  When visitors came over they would hang up their bacon to show off.  It was a sign of wealth and that a man "could bring home the bacon".  They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and "chew the fat". 

Two more to go.  Good stuff too.


  1. ... and to think that we have the nerve to use the term "good old days!" It was a rough life.

  2. We always butchered four hogs each year...mom salt cured the bacon.

  3. It makes me laugh when I see where my everyday lingo has come from . . .like Chew the Fat.



  4. Ii'm glad things have changed a lot!
    Very interesting (and funny) post, I'll probably think about it next time I see a piece of bacon! ;-)

  5. Nice to know where these sayings came from.


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