An Unusual Wassail Ingredient: Roasted Crabs

The Family Oracle of Health: Economy, Medicine, and Good Living : "THE CHRISTMAS WASSAIL BOWL BY A FELLOW OF THE ANTIQUARIAN SOCIETY The oldest of our British writers Gildas Nennius and Alcuin contain allusions to this glorious relique of antiquity and our own darling Shakespeare or as Mr Henry Neale most originally designates him the sweet swan of Avon shows his intimate acquaintance with the Saxon Chronicle Matthew of Westminster Geoffery of Monmouth and William of Malms bury by alluding to this ancient Christmas enjoyment in the song When roasted crabs hiss in the bowl Then nightly sings the staring owl Te whit te whoo Twelfth Night "



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Jonquil said…
They're crabapples, aren't they?

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