- Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Books"
Maybe in your Christmas reading, you have wondered about cooking a goose. You've read about the Cratchit's Christmas dinner: "There never was such a goose. Bob said he didn't believe there ever was such a goose cooked. Its tenderness and flavour, size and cheapness, were the themes of universal admiration. Eked out by apple-sauce and mashed potatoes, it was a sufficient dinner for the whole family; indeed, as Mrs Cratchit said with great delight (surveying one small atom of a bone upon the dish), they hadn't ate it all at last. Yet every one had had enough, and the youngest Cratchits in particular, were steeped in sage and onion to the eyebrows." Here, Isabella Beeton writes on how to choose and prepare this bird.
Don't forget the Smoking Bishop drink, which is not the same as the cheese Stinking Bishop. Honestly, I don't think I would like either of them.