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Weevils and Toasted Cheese

Post by leonidas on Sun 28 Aug 2011, 00:23

Two pieces of the Aubrey novels that delighted me.

I'm still trying to work out what toasted cheese is. A regular supper dish in the great cabin. Has anyone cracked the mystery?


Secondly, and I won't spoil it for those of you who are reading the earliest novels, but the story of the weevil has to be one of the best !
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Re: Weevils and Toasted Cheese

Post by Joefirefighter on Sun 28 Aug 2011, 00:28

I believe toasted cheese is simply cheese on toast and placed in a toaster/broiler (not certain of the extent of cooking technology aboard early 19th century sailing vessels) and allowed to melt and brown. I make it for breakfast myself.

By the weevils story are you referring to Aubrey's joke on Maturin as to which weevil to choose?
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Re: Weevils and Toasted Cheese

Post by leonidas on Sun 28 Aug 2011, 00:32

Toasted cheese... perhaps with bread but often made when bread has run out on board ship, so there is something else about it! It was served in a silver salver with a lid to keep it hot. Cooked in the galley.

Weevils... yes
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Re: Weevils and Toasted Cheese

Post by Kade1301 on Fri 26 Sep 2014, 21:37

The book "Lobscouse and Spotted Dog" (you can look into it on Amazon) has the answer: Toasted bread (whatever is available - toast or ship's biscuit) covered by grated or thinly sliced cheese (whatever's available) and put under a grill (or another sort of heat).

The book seems to be a lot of fun, I might have to get it...

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