Note.—The quantity of game, &c., recommended to be used in the preparation of the foregoing pie may appear extravagant enough, but it is to be remembered that these very large pies are mostly in request at Christmas time. Beat four eggs in pint of milk, sweeten to taste with caster sugar, and pour it over the contents of the pudding-basin.
Their substantial aspect renders them worthy of appearing on the side-table of those wealthy epicures who are wont to keep up the good old English style, at this season of hospitality and good cheer. Let the pudding soak for half-an-hour, then cover the basin with a sheet of paper; put a plate over it, stand it in a saucepan with boiling water to three-parts its height, and steaiii the pudding for an-hour-and-a-half.
Popular modern customs of the holiday include gift giving, completing an Advent calendar or Advent wreath, Christmas music and caroling, lighting a Christingle, viewing a Nativity play, an exchange of Christmas cards, church services, a special meal, and the display of various Christmas decorations, including Christmas trees, Christmas lights, nativity scenes, garlands, wreaths, mistletoe, and holly.
While the foregoing is in progress, prepare some highly-seasoned aspic-jelly with the carcasses of the game and poultry, to which add six calves’-feet, and the usual complement of vegetables, &c., and when done, let it be clarified: one-half should be reduced previously to its being poured into the pie when it is baked.
Make about sixteen pounds of hot-water-paste, and use it to raise a pie of sufficient dimensions to admit of its holding the game and poultry prepared for the purpose, for making which follow the directions contained in the foregomg article.
In the last few decades of the nineteenth century, the kitchens at Harewood were run by an important French chef called Louis Lecompte.
We know very little about the origins of this man, but it is recorded that he won a number of important awards for his culinary achievements, including a gold medal at the in 1887.
With its strong associations with Harewood, this book is the best place to go to find the kind of recipes that would have been used in the kitchens of this great house.