Starving Children Put In Jail For Stealing


The Man in the Moon

The Man in the Moon
Came tumbling down,
And asked his way to Norwich;
They told him south,
And he burnt his mouth
With eating cold pease-porridge.

Pease porridge is a term of British origin regarding a savory pudding dish made of boiled legumes, which mainly consists of split yellow or Carlin peas, water, salt, and spices, often cooked with bacon or ham joint. Now as we know there are many pease porridge rhymes, quite possibly as many as the population of England at the time. For many pease-porridge was all they had to eat, month in and month out.

The recipe for Norwich pease-porridge became popular when two desperate young boys, seeking something different to eat, stole sausages from an upper-class market and cooked them with their peas porridge. Eventually, the boys were caught, locked away and treated inhumanly by the local dungeon master. In protest of the classists and high meat prices, the poor of Norwich made it a point to steal meat whenever they could and ate sausages with their peas porridge from then on.

Norwich Pease-Porridge
2 pounds sausage
4 cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped
1 pound yellow split peas, soaked overnight in cold water
1 red onion, peeled and quartered,
1 carrot, peeled and quartered
2 bay leaves
2 tbsp malt vinegar
Sea salt and white pepper
2 tbs butter, cut into chunks

1. For the pease porridge: Drain the soaked peas and pour into a saucepan. Add the onion, carrot, bay leaves and cover with water. Bring to the boil and skim off any scum that rises to the surface. Lower the heat and simmer gently for an hour or until the peas are tender. Cook the sausage and add to the pease porridge before serving.

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