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This old recipe (original, not a print) is faded and a bit smudged. It was written by a Welsh immigrant to America in the late 1800s. The (cursive) penmanship is sweet and ornate and so old-fashioned, and the paper is slightly yellowed and creased. The ingredients are fascinating: barc of poudor (baking powder?) and sinsir (ginger), grains of Paradise (formerly a cheaper substitute for black pepper but now fairly pricey--Alton Brown uses it), aniseed, caraway, sweet fennel seeds, salts of tartar, triagl 4 spoon fool (very possibly 4 Tablespoons treacle?). The recipe advises the chef to add these things to a quart of gruel and a 'wainglafs fool' (wineglass full?) of gin or brandy 'bother' (maybe southern? I'm just not sure). I'm guessing this is for colds or coughs or maybe it's just a general 'tonic' or elixir sort of thing.
It's in a gold-colored frame (7.5 inches square) to hang on a wall on stand on a table or desk. A wonderful, evocative piece of Welsh-American history.

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Original Immigrant Welsh 'Mystery' Recipe from the Late 1800s -- Maybe for a Tonic/Elixir or Winter Remedy


  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Materials: curious recipe, cursive old fashioned, welsh history, Welsh heritage, gift Welsh, grains of Paradise, kitchen picture, Wales America gift, beautiful writing, gruel cure, framed old recipe, present for chef, gift from Wales
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