On the 6th of July in 1869 Agoston Haraszthy de Mokcsa died. Agoston Haraszthy de Mokcsa imported 1,400 varieties of grapevines to California in 1862 and planted the first large vineyard in California in the Sonoma Valley. After the devastating phylloxera blight decimated the European vineyards, some of these same vines, now on resistant American root stock, helped rescue the European vineyards. – foodreference.com
Thank you, Mister Haraszthy de Mokcsa, and God bless you to rest in peace.
I’m sufficiently recovered from my own version of devastating phylloxera blight to venture into my kitchen again. I can’t begin to paint the scene that I faced on Monday morning, after my family had been left to fend for themselves while I languished. It appears they fed an army, without washing a dish or pan in the process. Our Alice was frightfully cross, but I think her crossness was confounded by the men in her life. It has come to pass that she has (finally) chucked over Old Moses in favour of a new bloke, who goes by the dodgy name of Shylocks. Moses, she tells me, wanted to marry her – on the proviso that she went off to his Bantustan to look after his children (5 from different mothers!) and ageing parents. Our Alice declined; she’s a fashionable gal and quite likes city life. Moses is taking the whole business with extremely bad grace and lurks at our gate, threatening to hit Shylocks with his knobkierrie* if he catches sight of him.
It all leaves one feeling quite weak, and I decided we all needed a bit of beefing up. Angus beef, to be specific. It’s all the rage here at the moment and I am not sure that it’s being flown in from Aberdeen, or if local farmers bought a healthy pair of animals who have been breeding prolifically. Anyhow, a hunk of roasted sirloin is what I did, with a creamy mushroom and pearl onion sauce (lashings of brandy). Sweet potato chips on the side and we all went to bed warm and fortified.
We’ll just have to deal with Moses day by day.
*A knobkierrie is a traditional weapon, a sort of wooden truncheon.