52 weeks of cooking – Inspired by books
If you’ve read the About Me page than you know how I started my journey on tall ships, with inspiration from a book. Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer follows the tale of a young girl, Jacky, she disguises herself as a boy and runs away to sea on a British navy ship in the early 1800’s. She dives into all of her food with great gusto even if it is the simplest of of fairs, like hard tack, the traditional ration of the British navy. One food that comes up several times throughout the series is burgoo.
“Burgoo can be a lot of things, from simple oatmeal and molasses, to ground-up hardtack and molasses, to a stew with any number of things in it.” Under the Jolly Roger
“It’s called burgoo. It’s oatmeal boiled in water with whatever they have around to toss in with it. I think this batch has a few peas and maybe some crumbled-up biscuits in it. There’s some pork grease floating on top.” In the Belly of the Bloodhound
It’s pretty much savory oatmeal. My husband has been making savory oatmeal for years, cooking oatmeal in stock, maybe adding an egg and leftover. Over time he’s developed several flavor combinations, American breakfast with bacon, cheddar cheese and a fried egg, pesto with pine nuts, basil, parmesan and olive oil.
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