Yesterday hubby, me and the boys visited the Colne Valley Museum where several friends of ours were involved in some historical re-enactment. Si is a soldier in ‘The 33rd Regiment of Foot’, aka ‘The Havercake Lads’. They re-create the life of this Yorkshire regiment in the period of the Battle of Waterloo, which is incidentally the period when George Walker created his illustrated book ‘Costume of Yorkshire’. The same book that contains the infamous ‘Wensleydale Knitters’ image also contains a painting of ‘The Havercake Lads’ and a picture of a woman making havercakes in a cottage kitchen. These pictures are all reference materials for the re-enactment group.
At the museum I spent most of my time in the living kitchen where my friend Jules (Si’s wife) and others were making havercakes on the original iron kitchen range (the museum is formed from a row of 19th century cottages), while Dave and the boys watched the soldiers doing some drill.
The havercakes were delicious, served with a choice of beef dripping, black treacle (molasses), or golden syrup. My favourite spread was the black treacle.