“Macaroni” – A Recipe From 1784

“Macaroni” – A Recipe From 1784

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65 Responses

  1. Paul Mckenzie says:

    Could you please do some squirrel and deer cooking?

  2. The Man Wh0 S0ld The W0rld says:

    I love your vids!

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  4. SubArcticWolf Tools & Outdoors says:

    Macaroni & Nutmeg ?

  5. soulassassin0g says:

    Going to cook this tonight ?

    • Brissy Girl says:

      soulassassin0g i think I will too! It’s been raining here so it would be perfect for a cooler evening even if it is summer here atm.

    • soulassassin0g says:

      Brissy Girl where are you from?

    • Mr Danforth 374 says:

      I made it, and served with steamed broccoli on the side. I think that this was the original dish from which they developed Kraft Dinner. Had mine with a spoonful of salsa on top, I know it’s not authentic but it really made it good.

  6. MrWalnut4 says:

    Good ol’ Thomas Jefferson’s recipe is still a go-to for classic home-style mac and cheese in my house

    • Geoff Pecar says:

      MrWalnut4 always thought there was a US president famous for something with macaroni and cheese. Couldn’t remember whoch

  7. Tina Gallagher says:

    So they make a white sauce with the cheese on top? How quick and easy. “…..Stuck a feather in his cap and called it macaroni!…” I understand now where that line comes from. Makes Yankee Doodle more of a twit.

    • Kevin Springer says:

      No nutmeg?

    • Natasha S. says:

      Kevin Springer – this makes me want to try it with nutmeg… lol

    • Mr Danforth 374 says:

      I think the song was meant to satirize the Yankees lack of sophistication. They looked at the English Macaronis with their costly fashions and decided if they stuck a feather in their cap they would be just as fancy lol.

    • vishnu79 says:

      Especially when you consider that “dandy” meant something more along the lines of a “limp-wristed fashion boi” and not a real man. The song basically satirizes “yankees” as poor, uncouth, girly-bois with bad taste in fashion and delusions of grandeur with regard to their place in society. The word “doodle” is thought to originate from Low German and means “idiot” or “foolish”.

      “Yankee Doodle came to town, riding on a pony” Real men/wealthy men/men of substance ride horses, not ponies, the poor idiot.
      “Stuck a feather in his hat, and called it macaroni” Poor ignorant yokel/bumpkin thinks he’s fancy just because he put a feather in his hat.
      “Yankee Doodle keep it up, Yankee Doodle dandy” Basically ridiculing the idea that a redneck, pig-ignorant, yokel could aspire to be a high-society fem-boi.

      You get the idea.

    • ChrisC says:

      “Especially when you consider that “dandy” meant something more along the lines of a “limp-wristed fashion boi” and not a real man.”

      An 18th century metrosexual, essentially.

      But in terms of the song, it was mocking Americans for being so uncouth and uncivilized that the height of cutting-edge fashion was to stick a feather in your cap. It’s like complimenting a guy on his formal style when all he’s done is put on a clean t-shirt.

  8. LootableCorpse says:

    grate flavors hehehehe

  9. Miranda Mom says:

    “…stuck a feather in his cap and called it macaroni!”

  10. Alexander Sunderland-Bragg says:

    What no nutmeg! How is this even authentic

  11. Downeastwaves says:

    That looks yummy!

  12. Nick Bloom says:

    Where is Nicole for a “macaroni daddy” comment…

  13. Amanda Christian says:

    Always wondered about Yankee Doodle and the whole macaroni thing. Hehe! I guess he was looking macaroni with that feather in his hat.

    • stamasd says:

      Amanda Christian yes this is exactly what the song meant originally. It was supposed to be insulting to Yankees by inferring that thet were simple minded and thought that a feather in the hat means they’ re as well dressed as a macaroni. That backfired though. 🙂

    • Hobbes84 says:

      yooooooo you just blew my mind, baby girl!

    • MorgansRaiders23 says:

      I just heard the history on “Yankee Doodle” last week…the continental militiamen that fought with the British regulars during the French and Indian War were considered backward, and uncivilized. The snooty British called them Yankee Doodles and even wrote a the song taunting them. The Continentals sung that song at Bunker Hill in defiance, and sang it loudly at Yorktown when Cornwallis surrendered so the British would know that these uncivilized soldiers just beat their professional army.

    • Loxodon says:

      You can learn more from watching Youtube than in grade school.

    • MJDHX says:

      Yes, it’s supposed to imply that we’re stupid. I learned that from the show QI: Quite Interesting.

  14. Guillaume Breton says:

    Would their pasta be “whole wheat” during that period ? was the white bread / white flour fenomenon a later invention ? Victorian maybe ?

    • Rob says:

      White flour from ancient times is NOT the same as white flour as considered today. Ancient white flour was a result of fine sifting and/or different varieties of wheat.

    • mikerankin27 says:

      Macaroni is still a common term in Italian cooking, it means a style of dry pasta made of durum wheat and can be cut/ shaped in many different ways. Italians will even call what we call in America spaghetti, macaroni because that is the type of pasta it actually is.

      I imagine England in the late 18th century would have access to dried Italian macaroni, though it would be a luxury item for those dandies back from their travels!

    • KRB52 says:

      A couple of season ago, Jon did a series on breads and flour and covered this a bit.  The white flour was the finest ground and in each run in the mill, there was not that much of it.  As a result, it was more expensive and only the wealthy could afford it.  It began to become a “status symbol” and the not-so-rich began to demand it as well.  There was less fiber and other stuff in the flour, so it made a better loaf.  Now-a-days, it’s more from bleaching and refinement than just a grind.

    • arachnonixon says:

      somewhat related, but I know white bread was eaten in France during the Napoleonic wars. when Napoleon’s army was in Russia, the men were issued locally obtained “whole wheat” bread. they had never encountered it before & refused to eat it, because they thought the brown color was due to it being made in filthy conditions

    • Kevin Henry says:

      the Romans are referring to different strains of wheat. they didn’t have refined flour where the bran & germ are split from the endosperm and ground separately. the bran could be removed which makes it “lighter,” and to them, white but its not what we call “white,” bread. that’s a modern invention starting in the late 19th century.
      *learned at Culinary school – Le Cordon Bleu

  15. Forgotten Roots says:

    Thank you for your effort to prepare this video. Much appreciated. Looks like a very delicious meal!

  16. Angelika Ichticola says:

    So macaroni were the hipsters of the time?

    • Garret LeBuis says:

      Angelika Ichticola

      More like the fashion forward folks who try to keep on the cutting edge of what’s in this season. Think people who watch The Hunger Games for tips from the Capital.

    • Bruce Tidwell says:

      Less hipster and more Vogue/ GQ fashion victims. Doesn’t matter how ridiculous it is if it’s “In.”

  17. Natasha S. says:

    Without fail, I get hungry when watching your videos!! How fantastic this looked! Love the little history of the Macaroni’s. Yankee Doodle finally makes sense!

  18. Clair B. says:

    Super easy. I like it

  19. James Lagnese says:

    +Townsends How are you doing?

  20. Findergordianus says:

    Once again John makes something over an open fire that looks like it came from a Michelin starred restaurant in Paris.

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