Sunday, December 29, 2013

Sleuthing My Way Into the New Year and Chicken Rudyard Kipling

Just in case you've been wondering where I have been the last few days, let's just say I've been home sitting on the floor scouring through back issues of the many American Cookery Magazines I have in my collection. You know what that means, right? Pens, pencils, notebooks, erasers (yes I still use erasers:) magazines, books, and lots of coffee cups strewn all over the place! Notice I didn't say computer:)

It may seem like a strange time of year to be tackling such a project. There's a reason. You see, this is my busiest time of the year also. As the new year approaches, there are lots of things I need to "note" in order to share another tidbit filled year of "edible" goodness with you. That entails date checking, fact verifying, and lots of lists. For instance, did you know that on April 30, 1789 George Washington took his oath of office as the first President of the United States?

On April 30, 1789, George Washington took the oath as the first president of the United States. The oath was administered by Robert R. Livingston, the Chancellor of New York, on a second floor balcony of Federal Hall, above a crowd assembled in the streets to witness this historic event. President Washington and the members of Congress then retired to the Senate Chamber, where Washington delivered the first inaugural address to a joint session of Congress. Washington humbly noted the power of the nations' call for him to serve as president and the shared responsibility of the president and Congress to preserve "the sacred fire of liberty" and a republican form of government.

That's 225 years ago folks. Well, almost...Do you think that calls for a celebration? I sure do. I just haven't decided whether "we" should celebrate in February for his birthday or in April. We'll see...How about this? In 1939, (75 years ago,) the New York World's Fair officially opened. Although it wasn't touted as the first World's Fair, the opening date was chosen to coincide with the 150th anniversary of George Washington’s Inauguration. The slogan of the 1939-1940 New York World’s Fair was "Building the World of Tomorrow." Now, you know we must delve into the history of Foods at the Fair!

Okay, just one more smackle to brighten your day. I haven't verified this nibble yet, but, I am almost positively sure about it. Here goes. There's a very good chance you chocolate lovers' will be baking up lots and lots of Chocolate Chip cookies in the coming year. Why? Well, according to my notes, Nestle's Semi-Sweet Morsels will be celebrating 75 years in 2014. (further research in the works:)

So what does all of this have to do with me being sprawled out on the living room floor paging through years and years of American Cookery Magazines? Lots actually. You see, not only are there peeks into times past in the kitchen, they are just brimming with tidbits of surprises.

Today, I would like to share just one of those surprises with you. It's a recipe for Chicken Sauté Rudyard Kipling as found in the April 1936 edition of American Cookery Magazine. Oh by the way, American Cookery was originally called The Boston Cooking School Magazine. The name was changed to American Cookery Magazine in 1914, 100 years ago in 2014!!!

Chicken Saute Recipe Rudyard Kipling | Mahogany Chocolate Cake
Notice that I have included the entire page for this recipe. Not only is tomorrow Kipling's "birth date," it is also National Bicarbonate of Soda Day (Baking Soda Day) You just might find that query on Mahogany Chocolate Cake interesting and if you're looking for a recipe, I celebrated Baking Soda Day in the past and included a recipe straight from Arm & Hammer!

I'm not quite sure why there is a recipe for Rudyard Kipling's Chicken Sauté in this particular issue. The only reason that comes to mind is that perhaps it is meant as a morsel of tribute to Mr. Kipling who passed away in January of the same year as this issue was published. Rudyard Kipling was awarded The Nobel Prize in Literature in 1907. At the age of 42, Rudyard Kipling was the youngest Nobel Laureate of his day.

Rudyard Kipling was born on December 30, 1865 in Bombay, but educated in England at the United Services College, Westward Ho, Bideford. In 1882 he returned to India, where he worked for Anglo-Indian newspapers. His literary career began with Departmental Ditties (1886), but subsequently he became chiefly known as a writer of short stories. A prolific writer, he achieved fame quickly. Kipling was the poet of the British Empire and its yeoman, the common soldier, whom he glorified in many of his works, in particular Plain Tales from the Hills (1888) and Soldiers Three (1888), collections of short stories with roughly and affectionately drawn soldier portraits. His Barrack Room Ballads (1892) were written for, as much as about, the common soldier. In 1894 appeared his Jungle Book, which became a children's classic all over the world.

Rudyard Kipling's early stories and poems about life in colonial India made him a great favorite with readers in Great Britain. However, we often forget that Rudyard Kipling Was a Great American. It was in Vermont that he wrote The Jungle Books, and Captains Courageous.
Beyond the very furthest range, where the pines turn to a faint blue haze against the one solitary peak—a real mountain and not a hill—showed like a gigantic thumbnail pointing heavenward. "And that's Monadnock," said the man from the West; "all the hills have Indian names. You left Wantastiquet on your right coming out of town."

Kipling wrote The Jungle Books, Captains Courageous, and many of his most familiar poems on the crest of a hillside overlooking the Connecticut River, with a view across the river valley of Mount Monadnock 'like a gigantic thumbnail," Kipling wrote, "pointing heavenward." [His house there, named by him Naulakha, afforded spectacular views of Mount Monadnock.] It is startling to learn that Kipling, who was born in Bombay and married a young woman from Brattleboro, hoped to remain in the United States. Over the years, he would presumably have become more and more of an American writer—English friends marveled at his American accent—just as the Polish writer Joseph Conrad and the American writer Henry James (who gave the bride away at Kipling’s wedding) became increasingly English in their own adopted country.

...To Kipling, Naulakha came to symbolize all the positive qualities of rural Vermont, with its peacefulness and solitude, which have attracted writers and artists to the state for years....Naulakha, his estate in Dummerston, Vermont, is the only house ever built by Kipling and remains today much as it was when he left it. As a relatively small but intact late 19th century estate, the property would be significant for its architecture alone, even without the literary association. Kipling, however, as an architect's client, added his personal style to the design, based on his experiences in India. It is thus a dramatic cross-cultural expression, spanning two continents stylistically...

Kipling's verses are quoted almost as often as Shakespeare and the Bible. Most people are especially familiar with The Ballad of East and West, If— and Gunga Din, (a personal favorite of mine:) all of which are included in Songs for Youth. They also appear, along with all the other poems he has written, in the Collected Verse of Rudyard Kipling.

DIY: Rudyard Kipling immortalized Pisco Punch in his 1889 epic From Sea to Sea

Often credited to barman Duncan Nicol at the Bank Exchange, located where the Transamerica Pyramid now stands, Pisco Punch had a dramatic reputation: in 1889, Rudyard Kipling wrote that it was "compounded of the shavings of cherub's wings, the glory of a tropical dawn, the red clouds of sunset and the fragments of lost epics by dead masters," while others wrote that "it tastes like lemonade but comes back with the kick of a roped steer, and that "it makes a gnat fight an elephant."(Serious Eats)

While reading the Letters of Rudyard Kipling, published by the University of Iowa Press, I stumbled upon another interesting drink of note, "The Kipling." A brief check into the history or even the existence of such a drink has eluded me so far. However, I did find a recipe for the Pegu Club Cocktail which makes reference Kipling.

As you can see, you just never know what you may happen upon in the pages of an old book, or magazine for that matter. My goal is to share some of my findings with you throughout the year. While we're at it, we may as well share a few timely celebrations as well! Perhaps this 75 year old issue of American Cookery Magazine will pave the road!

American Cookery | Boston Cooking School Magazine | January 1939

Do you like "my" magnifying glass? Confession, it isn't "actually" mine. It was a freebie I picked up at a delightful blog called Lucky In Learning. Holly is a second grade teacher living in North Carolina. If you have little ones, you might want to pop by her creative teacher's blog.

The "Five Ws" (and one H) were memorialized by Rudyard Kipling in his Just So Stories; The Elephant's Child published in 1902.

I Keep six honest serving-men:
(They taught me all I knew)
Their names are What and Where and When
And How and Why and Who.
I send them over land and sea,
I send them east and west;
But after they have worked for me,
I give them all a rest.
I let them rest from nine till five.
For I am busy then,
As well as breakfast, lunch, and tea,
For they are hungry men:
But different folk have different views:
I know a person small--
She keeps ten million serving-men,
Who get no rest at all!
She sends 'em abroad on her own affairs,
From the second she opens her eyes--
One million Hows, two million Wheres,
And seven million Whys!
Rudyard Kipling Just So Stories; The Elephant's Child
*A Note About Links: when verifying online information, I try my darndest to avoid commercial websites when possible. Any reference to titles or notes will not lead you to an online bookstore or commercial venue. If for some reason it should, please let me know. I want you to be comfortable going off on your merry way to explore further, Louise

1.The Baldwin Online Children's Project: Rudyard Kipling
2.Letters of Rudyard Kipling (limited availability @ Google books)
3.The Glory of the Garden by Rudyard Kipling
4.Brochette of Prawns Rudyard Kipling
5.‘If’ Rudyard Kipling were a foodie….Kitchen Butterfly


  1. Wow you have been busy! what a great post - I love the Kipling stories in particular :)
    Happy New Year to you!
    Mary x

    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed this post, Mary. It sure was fun to do!

  2. National Bicarbonate of Soda Day is absolutely my favorite food day of the year! Mainly because it seems so odd. Although of course we all use baking soda all of the time. Anyway, great recipe, and looking forward to the fruits of your research this coming year. Happy New Year!

    1. It does seem strange at first but when you think about it, why not? We sure do use it a lot and it's everyday uses are pretty cool too!!! Happy New Year!

  3. Hi Louise , This post is just wonderful and lets us know there is more to come . I had to laugh when I started reading , thank goodness you didn't have your eye to the floor :D . I would love to post my recipes on Chaya's Meatless Monday , I will have to fine out how . Keep an eye out for an email . Now I will hope over to Lucky in Learning and tell Holly you sent me , thanks for sharing :)

    1. Hi Nee!

      I was wondering whether anyone would remember that eye to the floor day Nee. I should have realized you would, lol...Got that email of yours and you should be all set up with Chaya!

  4. I always love reading your posts - Thanks for all your hard work :-)

  5. THis post makes a great read during my lunch break:) Happy New Year:D

    1. So glad you liked it, Jeannie. what did "we" have for lunch, lol...Happy New Year to You and Yours also!!!

  6. Well I had no idea that Kipling was American. On the topic of George Washington, I love Federal Hall in New York. It's a great visit, and even has the Bible that was used to swear George in.

    1. I was actually surprised he spent so much time here to, T.W. The story of his time spent in the US is quite interesting. I'm hoping to bring my daughter and the kids to Federal hall when they visit this summer...We'll see...

  7. Dear Louise, What a very informative post. I always liked Rudyard Kipling stories. I once saw a PBS movie called "My Boy Jack" with Kim Cattrell and Daniel Radcliffe. The movie was all about Kilpling's son Jack in WWI. Wonderfully moving movie! I like that chicken recipe. I have learned so much from your post...It must have been a lot of work, as I know research for our blogs take time and work, but it is well worth it. Such an enjoyable story! Thanks for sharing, Blessings for a fabulous and Happy New Year for you and your family...Dottie :)

  8. How interesting. Thank you for sharing. Have a happy new year.

  9. Wishing you the very best this Holiday Season and a Happy New Year!

  10. You have been a busy bee. I look forward to reading your posts in 2014. Happy New Year!

  11. you are my number source for new and interesting information. :)
    happy new year!

  12. Dear Louise, I look forward to all the posts you are preparing for us. I appreciate the time and the effort you put into these posts. I always learn and I always like the recipes you put. They are from a time past when there was no skimping on taste and (if you want the recipe to be light you just take a smaller piece.)
    I love the glimpses you give into the past and the close feeling it gives to my youth and my mom. Thank you for that.
    I pray that you and Marion have a very Happy and a very Blessed New Year. You are always in my prayers.
    Catherine xo

  13. I love this post! A friend lent me some American Cookery to peruse through a couple of years ago. (You can check it out here: http://eliotseats.com/?p=6520). Thanks for presenting that entire page from the publication. Happy, happy New Year, Louise!!!! (So glad our paths crossed.)

  14. You are so busy and I thank you for taking the time to visit me at my place ! The last post of 2013, doesn't that seem strange? It will take me ages to get used to writing 2014.

    By the way, my cousin Kim was named for the Kipling book. Only one I know named after a character in Kipling.

  15. hi louise, i have to thank you for all your posts, some historical facts, recipes and fun posts. I know there's a lot of homework to be done before you come up with a post! thank you and wishing you all the best and cheers to a great new year 2014!

  16. Hi Louise. If you are wondering where have I been, well I've been pretty much lazing around n getting prepared for Xmas n kids going back to school tomorrow after 6 weeks of school break. Hope not too late to wish you n family and Marion too a vet merry Christmas and a much happier New Year! God bless you with good health, fortune and happiness. Looking forward to more interesting posts you have in store for us. Xoxo

  17. I am envious of all of your collections. What pure joy it must have been going through the issues of this magazine. Happy New Year, Louise. See you in 2014!

  18. What a nice way to spend a cold winter's weekend! I hope you and Marion had a nice Christmas, quieter than mine, of course. My future daughter in law had her first White Christmas ever! As her first Christmas with us, that was wonderful.

    Happy New Year, Louise; "see" you again soon.

  19. Way to go, Louise! Your posts are always great, informative and fun too. Thanks for all the work you put into them, I always enjoy them! Here's wishing you the best in 2014! Happy New Year!

  20. Hi Louise, Happy New Year to you and your loves one. Wishing you all the best in 2014. Glad to meet you online.

    I'll back later to read your posting. Have a wonderful day.

  21. A VERY Happy New Year to you and yours, Louise!!!

  22. Loved reading this post Louise, most Indian children grow up reading Rudyard Kipling, I too have many fond memories of his books which have been turned into tv series, cartons and what not. By the way did know they say that Kipling's ghost is in British library? :-)

  23. What a fun post. I am so glad you sent your six serving men out. I enjoyed learning more about Kipling and I couldn't help but notice the recipe for Mahogany Chocolate Cake calling for "sweet milk". That is what my parents called milk and so did I until I started getting that "are you some kind of relic from the past" look. Just proves I out lived my time.
    All my children must have had at least seven million "why men".
    Thanks dear friend for a lovely post.

  24. What a great project! Love the Kipling quotes.

  25. How do you feel? Are you having a important Gunga Din period of time in your life? Are you tired with your job? Are you fed up with your boss? Are psychologically, actually and psychologically tired from working so hard? Are you fed up with providing and providing and not getting enough in return? Kipling's Gunga


Through this wide opened gate,
none came too early,
none returned too late.

Thanks for dropping in...Louise