I had a prompt 'Foes' to find and read about … there was a poem by William Blake 'A Poison Tree' – but I came across the Oyster guzzler – which amused me … Dando punished and savag'd the oysters ... as a foe might do ...
|Dando as perceived by Thackeray in his|
short story 'The Professor' ... here is Dando
declaring his name and quality ...
… especially as I'd never heard of Dando (1802 - 1832), nor the publisher and printer James Catnach (1792 - 1841), who had published this ballad …
… live and learn I say – and if there's a chance in this day and age – enjoy a few oysters, so be it … also I had found a fun poem for you and the blog.
|Speciality Oyster Bar for the rich|
"The Life and Death of Dando, the Celebrated Oyster Glutton”
One day he walk'd up to an oyster stall.
To punish the natives, large and small;
Just thirty dozen he managed to bite,
With ten penny loaves—what an appetite!
But when he had done, without saying good day,
He bolted off, scot free, away;
He savag'd the oysters, and left the shell—
Dando, the bouncing, seedy swell.
|Street food for the poor man|
The prompt Write Edit Publish 'Chocolat' is coming up on the 17th – so in the run up … I thought I'd write about recipes I'd made back in the day – 50+ years ago … but we start with this ballad – which amused me …
|Dishes with Oysters, Fruit and Wine -|
1620s painting by Osias Beert (1580 - 1623)
... my father used to love oysters when six were exorbitant – I tried one in the early 1960s … the next time I had them was years later in South Africa – when I had many.
|Foods from plant sources|
… the next posts during August were dishes I served, after my parents separated, at a party my father put on to celebrate his new home. I was in my very early twenties … as I need some easy posts: August is food month …
My post from 2013 on Oysters:
Edward Dando – c/o Wikipedia ...
There are other links in the James Catnach entry – which might be of interest …
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