Supersizers Go Regency: Would You Like Some Gout With That?

Supersizers Go Regency: The Dandy and the Spinster

 

Late at night, I often find myself watching the Cooking Channel; luckily for me I found this gem of a show Supersizers Go on one of those late night cooking show binges . This series originally appeared on the BBC in 2009 and follows Giles Coren a food critic and journalist and comedian Sue Perkins on their journey through the history of British cuisine. Of course being the Regency geek that I am I couldn’t wait to chance upon it one night at 1:00 am so I scoured the interwebs or rather YouTube and got my Regency Era food fix.

In this episode Giles and Sue are brother and sister, landed gentry. Giles has an inheritance of  £50,000, equivalent to £2.5 million today, is a dandy and on his way to both debtor’s prison and gout (The disease of Kings). Sue, on the other hand is on her way to a much more dire fate: becoming an Ape Leader… Oh, the woes of a poor relation and spinster sister! I have to say that Giles is very dashing as a Regency Era dandy.

Just Hungry wrote a great review on this episode including the list of food below; 5000 calories worth of food a day (so much food, at the very least scroll down and take a gander of Giles in hot pink rollers):

List of food and drink consumed in this episode

Breakfast

  • Toasted Bread
  • Turtalong (bread rolls looking like mini-bagels)
  • Seed cake
  • Marmelade
  • Jam
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Tea (they were complaining about the weakness of the tea…it seems Sue Perkins prefers “builder’s strength” dark tea)

Dinner

Taken any time between 11AM and 2PM

First Course:

  • Mackerel broiled with Herbs
  • Roast Beef (very very well cooked)
  • Yorkshire Pudding
  • Spinach
  • Wow-wow Sauce (sauce made with gherkins, onions and port)
  • Port
  • Sherry

Second Course:

  • Jugged Hare (cut up bunny mixed with herbs and steam-cooked in a jug for three hours)
  • Potted Venison
  • Beetroot Pancakes
  • Asparagus
  • Trifle
  • German Wines
  • Port

Supper

By fashionable candlelight, around 10PM

  • Cold roast beef
  • Sweetbreads
  • Apple Pie
  • English Rarebit (cheese on port-soaked toast)
  • Stewed Celery
  • Port
  • Sherry

Giles’ breakfast in bed, as the Prince Regent ate

Hot pink rollers. The trials of being a dandy.

  • A big Meat Pie with 2-3 pigeons and beef
  • Champagne
  • Port
  • Moselle
  • Claret
  • Laudanum to kill the pain

(The Prince Regent suffered from gout and became morbidly obese. His nickname in the press was the Prince of Whales.)

Taking the waters at Bath

  • Spring water to treat whatever ails you
  • Ice cream (flavors include brown bread, parmesan, cinnamon, pumpkin, cardamon, nutmeg, tea)

Luncheon at the Inn

On the way to London (Luncheon, also called Noonshine, was the precursor to lunch)

  • Stilton Cheese with optional maggots
  • Cheddar Cheese with cheese mites
  • Cold Meats
  • Cucumber Salad
  • Lobster
  • Asparagus
  • Bread
  • Cider

A Patriotic Beef Steak Supper with members of the Sublime Society of Beefsteaks

  • Beef Steaks
  • Shallots
  • Beetroot
  • Baked Potato
  • Cheese on Toast
  • Mustard
  • Port
  • Stout

Dinner a la Marie-Antoine Carême

First Course:

  • Potage de Bisque à la Régence
  • Pain de Volaille
  • Champagne
  • Sherry

Second Course:

  • Bure de Sanglier en Galatine (a stuffed and dressed boar’s head, with jellies and deep fried cockscombs)
  • Bâtelets à la Royale
  • Saumon à la Rothschild (salmon poached in champagne with truffles)
  • Chartreuse
  • More Champagne

Dessert:

  • Pièce Montée (an elaborate sugary centerpiece)
  • Strawberry Soufflé
  • Meringues
  • Marzipan Fruit
  • Vol-au-Vents à la Neslé (a savory puff pastry pie, with a surprise inside of cockerel’s testicles, an aphrodesiac)
  • Even more Champagne

Byron’s Breakfast before a duel

Apparently Byron was a bullemic and anorexic obsessed with this weight.

  • Tea mixed with a raw egg

Gambling snack

Where Giles gambles away his family fortune

  • Sandwiches (meat in between slices of bread, invented by hardened gambler Lord Sandwich)

Giles in Debtors’ Prison

  • A Cheshire Pork Pie, brought in by Sue (to last for several days)
  • Port

Ball to celebrate the Coronation (1821)

Desperately seeking Sue or Sue seeking Desperately

Preliminaries:

  • Sue massages her head with raw eggs and gives herself a brandy-milk-lemon facial, then rinses her hair with rum

Ball Supper:

To start:

  • Brandy and claret punch
  • White Soup (soup with mutton, veal, bacon, almonds, macaroni)

Main:

  • Hare Cake in Jelly
  • Chicken Hogs Tongues
  • Petit Pasties of Veal
  • Collared Beef
  • Pyramids of Crayfish (in jelly)
  • Asparagus
  • Sandwiches
  • Artichoke Bottoms
  • Trifles
  • Sweetmeats
  • Champagne
  • Claret
  • Sherry
  • Hock
  • Port

Dessert:

  • Selection of ices