The recipe for Gentleman's Relish has remained a secret since it was first invented by John Osborn in 1828, and no doubt some, whose taste buds recoil at this intensely salty blend of anchovies, butter, herbs, and spices are happy for it to remain secret. But both the dish and this book will delight culinary adventurers with the presentation of a wide range of culinary oddities—from Piccalilli and marmite through Bombay duck, Brown Windsor Soup to Sloe Gin and Samphire. Packed with histories, recipes, and anecdotes on a range of eccentric eats that delight the taste buds of the English, this essential reference is an ideal companion for anyone who relishes sampling the exotic and the unexpected.
Susan Clegg had dwelt alone ever since her father's death. She had not been unhappy in dwelling alone, although she had been a good daughter as long as she had a parent to live with. When the parent departed, and indeed some few days before his going, there had arisen a kind of a question as to the possibility of a life-companion for the daughter who must inevitably be left orphaned and lonely before long. The question had arisen in a way highly characteristic of Miss Clegg and had been disposed of in the same manner.