Monthly Archives: June 2010

Dining at Beauport……..Finally! A new episode of Inspired Cooking…

view from the brick terrace at the back of the house

Hi Friends.

There will be a brand new episode of Inspired Cooking airing on Cape Ann TV tonight at 8:30. Last week I had the good fortune to tour the summer home of Henry Davis Sleeper, Beauport, on Eastern Point in Gloucester. Not only did I get a wonderful tour from the delightful and every knowledgeable site manager Pillar Garro but we recreated one of the recipe Mr. Sleeper is said to have served his guests.

It is a simple cold salad, easy to prepare and would likely have been served for lunch.
I am going to give you the recipe at is originally appeared in Elise De Wolfe’s book “Recipes for Successful Dining” that was published in 1934. Both Pilar and I were stumped as to how crayfish might have made it on to a menu in Gloucester back in those days so if anyone has any clue on that, please respond with a comment below.

Crayfish Gloucester

Cook crayfish in boiling salted water for 5 minutes. Cook small lobsters in a court bouillon for 12 to 15 minutes or a large one for 25 minutes. When cold cut the lobster meat into pieces and mix with the meat of the crayfish and a mayonnaise dressing to which have been added a teaspoonful of chili sauce and a dash of paprika. Serve in crystal cups garnishing with a circle of lettuce leaves. Decorate the top with the red portions of the crayfish. Serve very cold.

I stuck pretty much to the recipe, using equal parts of lobster to crayfish and I made the dressing separately and folded it in to the seafood, using just a small amount of the chili sauce as not to obscure the taste of the seafood.

I am sure that Mr. Sleepers cook and housekeeper Mary Wonson would have made her own mayonnaise and chili sauce but I took the prepared route on this one.  I seasoned the dish with salt and pepper and place it in iced shrimp cocktail glasses on a bed of gorgeous native lettuce that I bought here in Essex–gorgeous!

The Ice Cream Store, Bearskin Neck

At five in the morning Bearskin Neck is a great place for a walk.

Nice and quiet. The next afternoon walking out on the Lumber Wharf with our ice cream from The Ice Cream Store (daughter is in love with Purple Cow) and a Latte from Bean and Leaf I started to wonder what if.

What if the Large Family who really liked ice cream showed up. Say, six really large ice cream lovers, ordered Banana Splits then went to the back table of The Ice Cream Store and all sat down to eat. If I was at the counter ordering my one scoop of Purple Cow Cone and heard some wood creaking I think I would run for the door.

The green building to the right is the Bean and Leaf. Great Latte’s cookies, chowder, (that’s all I get, I bet the other stuff is good too.) Free WiFi. I’ve been in the back window of Bean and Leaf for a high tide with a Nor’ Easter pushing swells into Old Harbor and the waves would occasionally slap up against the building.

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