History in the Winter

February tends to be one of the slower winter months as the farmer at Wyck, which usually gives me an ideal opportunity to do some reading into the plethora of historical documents relating to the families that lived at and owned Wyck for hundreds of years. One of my favorite parts of this is reading through the old recipe (or receipt) books. The recipes range from the frankly unappealing (like boiled meat) to the surprising, like the soy milk recipe I posted a year ago at wyckhomefarm.wordpress.com. My favorite recipes tend to be those from Caspar Wistar Haines’ 1927 receipt book. As an extensive traveler, especially in Mexico, his recipes tend to have an unusually modern flair. For instance, the Pickled Watermelon Rind recipe below reminds me of something that could easily be found in a foodie-themed magazine today!

Pickled Watermelon Rind Recipe
Pickled Watermelon Rind Recipe