Last week we also read A Fine Dessert: Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Treat by Emily Jenkins and Sophie Blackall and had a dynamic discussion of how things have changed in the last three centuries. In each century (1710, 1810, 1910 & 2010) we see a woman and a girl–except in the 2010 section, where we see a man and a boy, going about the business of making blackberry fool (which essentially is sweetened whipped cream with blackberry puree). We see how things have changed over the years–methods of obtaining the cream and the blackberries and whipping and keeping the cream cool. In 1810 we see a slave and her daughter preparing the dessert for their master's family. In 2010 we see family and friends of many different races enjoying the dessert together. We learned about pasteurization and organic dairy, and we discussed how the development of new and better tools decreased not only the time it took to prepare the whipped cream, but the physical effort as well. Our conversation was so rich we just HAD to make the blackberry fool ourselves. So we did. We beat the cream with a whisk by hand. It took us 16 minutes to beat it to fluffiness. We strained blackberries, added sugar and vanilla and folded it all together. Yum!
Ask your child to tell you about all the differences between the centuries.
videography and black & white photos by Luca