The Menu of Our Forefathers.
Goodwin says: "Tea and coffee were unknown to our Forefathers. Beer was a common beverage. The potato was unknown to them. Neither potatoes (white Irish potatoes), tea or coffee were used for more than a century after the Pilgrims landed." "The breakfast of our Forefathers in Marshfield, and throughout the Colony generally, among the common classes, was milk and hasty pudding, or rye pudding and bread, with pea or bean soup or stew, flavored with pork, stewed peas, squash, turnips, parsnips and onions. Fresh fish was common, but beef and mutton were very seldom seen. There was plenty of poultry and pork. Butter and cheese, after the first few years, were plenty, except among the very poor. Children usually had milk, while the youths drank water or the beer of the elders. At no time after the famine of 1623 was there a lack of good food among the Colonists." "As tea and coffee were unknown to the Forefathers, the many Delft ware tea and coffee pots preserved by collectors of Pilgrim relics are to be regarded an anachronisms, and especially so at the time of the Mayflower voyage; earthen tableware was not in common use." "It seems pretty certain that the first comers brought no earthen tableware, and required very little in after years, although they had earthen bowls, jugs, pots and pans. For elegant ware, pewter was much employed, and is frequently mentioned in the wills and schedules of both of the Colonies. Stout wooden plates called 'trenchers' were used, as also wooden bowls." "Table forks were also unknown to the English tables in the Mayflower's day, though large forks were used in cooking." "Tom Coryat had about
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