Friday, April 10, 2009


I’m on the road and am short on time this morning but I had to post this excerpt I read last night. I’ve been reading James Trager’s FoodBook , a wonderful history of food and came across this delightful description of Flummery, an early American “treat”. I thought it was apropos to yesterday’s post.

“A flummery was a molded dessert made of gelatin, milk, wine or fruit, juice and sugar. The gelatin could be isinglass, made from the air bladders of certain fish, or it could be a jelly made from boiling calves’ feet, straining the liquid, allowing it to set, skimming off the fat the next day, letting the rest liquefy, sweetening and flavoring it, and then letting it set again in molds.”

Anyone hungry for flummery?