Esoteric London

No. 224: New North Road, N1

Posted in Food, Graffiti by esotericlondon on January 6, 2011

New North Road, Hoxton, London, N1. Photo © Roger Dean 2011

Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Household Management – Isabella Beeton, 1861:

To make dry toast properly, a great deal of attention is required; much more, indeed, than people generally suppose. Never use new bread for making any kind of toast, as it eats heavy, and, besides, is very extravagant. Procure a loaf of household bread about two days old; cut off as many slices as may be required, not quite 1/4 inch in thickness; trim off the crusts and ragged edges, put the bread on a toasting-fork, and hold it before a very clear fire. Move it backwards and forwards until the bread is nicely coloured; then turn it and toast the other side, and do not place it so near the fire that it blackens. Dry toast should be more gradually made than buttered toast, as its great beauty consists in its crispness, and this cannot be attained unless the process is slow and the bread is allowed gradually to colour. It should never be made long before it is wanted, as it soon becomes tough, unless placed on the fender in front of the fire. As soon as each piece is ready, it should be put into a rack, or stood upon its edges, and sent quickly to table.

[ The above graffiti is by an artist going by the unsurprising moniker ‘Toaster’ R.D.]

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