Oranges and Lemons, The Bells of St. Clements

Oranges and Lemons

“Various theories have been advanced to account for the rhyme, including: that it deals with child sacrifice; that it describes public executions; that it describes Henry VIII‘s marital difficulties.”

Oranges and lemons,
Say the bells of St. Clement’s.

You owe me five farthings,
Say the bells of St. Martin’s.

When will you pay me?
Say the bells of Old Bailey.

When I grow rich,
Say the bells of Shoreditch.

When will that be?
Say the bells of Stepney.

I do not know,
Says the great bell of Bow.

Here comes a candle to light you to bed,
And here comes a chopper to chop off your head!

Not sure if I’m still hungry for that pie . . .

In Apple (Custard) Pie Order

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Here is the pie I baked for you, Benjamin. I hope you like it!

It tasted delicious to me, and not least of all because of the words that were running through my mind.

There is a communion of more than our bodies when bread is broken and wine is drunk.

Written, of course by M.F.K. Fisher, who saw the effects and happenings of the WWII (a bit too close for comfort)!

Cheers! I’m glad I met you.

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There’s a party going on at Vintage Postcards today! I’m sending a piece of pie to everyone there!

A New England Apple Custard Pie for Benjamin

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Dear Benjamin,

I know I told you in yesterday’s post I’d make you a pie today, and I’ve gotten a start on it. It wasn’t all that easy, because since I don’t know you it’s hard to know what you’d like. And I’d hate to make a pie you didn’t really like.

You’re from New England, though (as I am) so I figured a New England pie would be in order, because we do tend to like things that taste like home.

The recipe I decided on is from ‘The New England Yankee Cook Book’ (published in 1939). You might have been middle-aged when this book was published, so the flavors would be familiar to you, as would the style be also!

I liked the note in the cookbook about how “This is the kind of pie to which the girls treated their ‘best fellers’ fifty years ago, when Pa was courtin’ Ma”. For all I know, you may have been the intentional ‘best feller’ of a girl who did make you this exact pie!

I’ll try to get this to you today, but it’s rainy and cold and I’ve got to go get the ingredients. If not today, then tomorrow for sure. You can wait just a bit, can’t you? I hope so!

Yours in pies,

Karen