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Oysters

Fish - Shellfish

Known by this name in England at least since the 'Leechbook of Bald' of about 890.


The Walrus and the Carpenter contemplate the Oysters
Illustration by John Tenniel

"A loaf of bread," the Walrus said,
"Is what we chiefly need:
Pepper and vinegar besides
Are very good indeed--
Now if you're ready, Oysters dear,
We can begin to feed."

"But not on us!" the Oysters cried,
Turning a little blue.
"After such kindness, that would be
A dismal thing to do!"
"The night is fine," the Walrus said.
"Do you admire the view?

"It was so kind of you to come!
And you are very nice!"
The Carpenter said nothing but
"Cut us another slice:
I wish you were not quite so deaf--
I've had to ask you twice!"


For some dishes in The Foods of England including oysters, see:

Angels on Horseback
Barberries
Bastard Gravy
Battaglia Pie
Beef Pudding
Boiled Fowl with Oysters
Bolton Hotpot
Capon with Orange or Oysters
Cockle Soup
Cod's Head (and shoulders)
Colchester Oysters
Dredgerman's Breakfast
Essex Oyster Loaves
Exeter Scalloped Oysters
Fish and Oyster Pie
Fish Soup
Fried Oysters
Fried Oysters in Batter
Hen with Oysters
John Bull's Pudding
Lamb with Anchovies
Ling Pie
Meat and Oyster Pie
Mrs Mary Gordon's Carp Pye
Mutton with Cockles
Ox Cheek
Oyster Forcemeat
Oyster Loaves
Oyster Mouth Soup
Oyster Pie
Oyster Sauce
Oyster Sausages
Oyster Soup
Oyster Stuffing
Oysters
Oysters in Bastard Gravy
Palpatoon or Pompetone
Parson's Venison
Pickled Mussels
Pickled Oysters
Pigs-in-a-Blanket
Plain Cookery for the Working Classes, 1852
Potato Table Pasty
Roast Leg of Lamb
Salmon
Scalloped Potato
Shropshire Pie
Skuett
Solomon Gundy
St Edmundsbury Mutton
Steak and Kidney Pudding
Steak and Oyster Pie
Stout
Sturgeon
Sweetbreads
Turkey Sauce
Veal and Ham Pie
Veal and Oysters
Whitstable Oysters



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