george cooke

Headconon that Fred Weasley is a Really Fantastic cook!!! This is so important, okay?

- For years he watched Molly cook dinner by herself, even on days when someone else should do it, like Mothers Day and her Birthday. 

- One Mothers Day he decides that she shouldn’t cook dinner, so fifteen minutes before Molly usually starts cooking, Fred sneaks into the kitchen and begins preping the meal Molly always makes on Mothers Day, Beef Stroganoff. 

- Molly walks in as he is slicing the beef into little pieces, meticulously, making sure each piece is exactly the same size. He has her old cook book sitting next to him and everything he will need for the dish already out. 

- Molly is surprised that he can even read the recipe, because she has had that book since her mother gave it to her years ago, and the pages are very faded and caked in spilled food. She could barely read it herself, but she didn’t need to having memorized most of the recipes anyway.

- Coming out of her thoughts Molly asks her trouble making son what he’s doing.

- “It’s Mum’s Day. You shouldn’t have to cook Mum. Go sit down or tell little Ronnie to clean his room or whatever Mums do for fun.” Molly smiled at her son and turned around to leave the kitchen. She expects she will have to whip something up later when Fred messed something up or burned it, as he had never cooked before.

- Fred is in the kitchen for a few hours, going slow and making sure everything is perfect. He may like to pull pranks, but he also knew his mum put up with a lot and he wanted to do something nice for her and he did nothing halfway. 

- The stroganoff is ready when Arthur walks through the door. The kitchen smells wonderful, as it always does when Molly cooks, but when he turns to see Fred stirring dinner he is shocked. Fred turns around and just smiles at him.

- Fred tells his mother that dinner is ready and she calls the rest of the children, they all sit down together and begin eating after each child has said Happy Mothers Day to Molly.

- The entire family gets silent as they dig in, it was absolutely wonderful, everyone makes a content noise as their tummies are filled with yummy food. 

- Ron looks over to his mum and says “It’s really really good mum, one of the best batches ever!”

- Molly smiles across the table at Fred, “Ronnie, I would love to take credit, but I didn’t make this. Fred did.”

- All jaws around the table drop. No one could believe Fred had made this. Except Arthur and Molly, the just beamed at their son. 

- For a moment all the Weasley children are nervous to eat anymore, for fear of a prank, but then they realized Fred would never do that to their mother, no one messed with mum. She was scary when she wanted to be. So they continued stuffing their faces after telling Fred how good it was.

- From then on, Fred made dinner once a week. 

- After a few weeks of this, Ginny started watching Fred when he cooked, as he was her favorite brother, though don’t tell that to anyone else, especially George. 

- One day Fred asked Ginny if she wanted to help him, and she agreed excitedly and they cooked together. 

- The day Fred got to cook quickly became Ginny’s favorite day of the week because she got to help her older brother cook and was finally able to spend quality time with someone she looked up to. Cooking also meant you didn’t have to do dishes, so that was a great perk too, both Fred and Ginny HATED dishes.

- Fred’s cooking skills later came in handy when developing the trick candies for their shop, Ginny also helped with the development, while George came up with more candy ideas. 


Did Victorian-Era Gay Men Think Sherlock Holmes Was Gay?

Something I’ve often wondered about is whether or not there is any documentation that any contemporaries of the Sherlock Holmes stories in any way thought them to be gay. What I mean is: did any homosexual men read the stories and understand the characterisation/subtext to imply, if not johnlock vibes, at least homosexuality, not least for the character of Sherlock Holmes himself?

I have come to the end of the book London and the Culture of the Homosexuality, 1885-1914 by Matt Cook and it seems he’s saved a lovely bit for last.

My new fave George Ives (I’ve written about him in other posts) kept meticulous journals, much of which informed Cook’s work. Ives routinely engaged in self-examination against the stereotypes of homosexuals newly outlined by sexologists and found himself similar in some ways and different in others, both of which he carefully recorded in his diaries. He noted his “keen aesthetic sense” and “lack of taut muscle”, among other things.

In March 1901, Ives records in his diary that he considers himself to be:

 “the Sherlock Holmes of a 1000 little peculiarities”

Here we have a man who identified as homosexual relating to a character who he may have recognised to be homosexual as well. Ives definitely doesn’t write “yeah I’m gay and I know Holmes is gay too” but I think it’s interesting that he would have included this little comparison in alongside his descriptions of whether or not he matches the “gay profile”.

(Previous posts in my series on London and the Culture of Homosexuality, 1885-1914 by Matt Cook can be found here.)

Recipe: Spicy Eel

Description: It’s really spicy! Be careful. 

Game ingredients: Eel, Hot Pepper

This recipe restores 115 energy and 46 health. It gives a +1 Speed and +1 Luck bonus. The recipe can be obtained from George after reaching 7 hearts and sells for 175g. 

Difficulty: Easy, 30 minutes. Makes 2 servings. 

I’ve never had eel. I’d be lying if I said I was excited to try this recipe. 

-Eel, fresh or frozen
-1 tablespoon chili powder
-1 teaspoon paprika
-½ teaspoon ginger powder
-½ teaspoon Chinese five spice
-½ teaspoon cumin

The only eel I could find already had a brown sugar and soy sauce mix over it, so I decided to keep it on to contribute some flavour to compliment the spiciness. I also cut the eel in half so I could use the other portion for the Fried Eel recipe. It was a bit expensive, so I didn’t want to buy two whole eels.

Thaw the eel if it’s frozen and place it in a baking pan. Preheat the oven to 350°F. 

Dust the eel with the spices, or the spices of your own choice. 

Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes, or til the flesh is soft and easily pierced with a fork. 

Eel is fairly greasy, as it turns out, so I highly recommend serving this over rice to absorb some of the grease and add some plain contrast to the rich flavours. You should also serve with fresh vegetables for a refreshing taste over the eel.

Despite the slight excess of grease, it’s quite good. The spices add lots of flavour but don’t make the dish too hot, and the eel itself is tender and tasty.



Guize Pol McCharmley is a secret chef in real lyf

Animated stereoview portrait of a group of elderly African Americans said to have been once owned as slaves by George Washington titled “Cooks, chambermaids, nurses and one hostler of Gen. Geo. Washington, found in and around St. Augustine, Florida.” Possibly a spurious claim. There are also two younger African Americans and a white woman pictured.

Source: New York Public Library.


Ships: Cannon ships (sorta?) philLIP IS ALIVE AND EVERYONE IS ALIVE NO DEATH.

Alexander and Eliza host thanksgiving.
(This probably isn’t going to end well)
who’s invited!
Eliza and Alexander (obviously)
Phillip (it’s to hard to write all the kids)
Jefferson and Madison (they just showed up)
Angelica and Peggy!
Maria came because they’re all friends
Laurens, Hercules and Lafayette.
Martha and George.
Eliza cooks with Phillip and then Lafayette GOES ALL FRENCH ON THE TURKEY AND MAKES IT SUPER FRENCH
Alexander Is in his office with the Hamilsquad + Burr and Alexander is writing and showing it off
Maria is with the sisters in Elizas room talking about crushes bc they’re like that
Once food is ready they all go sit and deaR LORD
Phillip and John become friends and they start throwing things at each other and Eliza yells at both of them.
Peggy is sitting next to Hurc lowkey flirting with him.
“Boy what the fuck happened to you” - Alexander as Phillip is blushing because Maria is bEING A FUCKING TEASE
Lafayette drank to much wine and now he’s all drunk on Peggy.
Peggy has Hercules and Lafayette wrapped around her finger and she’s gonna have fun with that.
Hercules accidentally breaks some of Eliza’s wedding China and he cries because he feels bad
Lafayette gets super drunk and he passes out and they just leave him on the floor.
When Phillip swears Eliza throws rolls at him because he’s still a child
Alexander goes on this rant about his son.
Alexander: YOU SEE THIS *points to Phillip who is sitting next to him* THIS IS MY *tries to pick Phillip up but he can’t because he’s 20" FUCKING SON!!!!!
Eliza: *throws roll* ALEXANDER SIT
Alexander: THIS IS MY SONNNNNN *drops phillip* MY PRIZED POSSESSION!! MY EVERYTHING!!!! *picks him up again* DO YOU SEE THIS B U R R???? *puts Phillips arms up* HES BETTER THEN THEODOSIA WILL EVER BE!!!!
Burr: *stands up* ILL FIGHT YOU.
Eliza *stands up and pats her dress down* *screams* ENOUGGG G GG G HHHHH H
Maria is like “what the fuck just happened I love Phillip too but damn”


While I know the title—Cooking for Friends: Bring People Together, Enjoy Good Food, and Make Happy Memories—is meant to be more an invitation for good times than a warning that some friends might start using your cooking talents and kitchen as their own personal food service. What I do know, however, is that the recipes here by Terry Edwards & George Craig are delicious so pick up a copy now from publisher Harper Design.


“Emily Prentiss…how do I even begin to describe Emily Prentiss?”


August 26th 1768: Captain Cook’s first voyage

On this day in 1768, Captain James Cook departed from Plymouth, England for his first voyage aboard the HMS Endeavour. The expedition to the south Pacific was commissioned by King George III to claim lands for Great Britain. The ship reached many Pacific islands and New Zealand, but is best known as the first time Europeans reached Australia. Cook landed at Botany Bay, in modern day Sydney, on the 29th April 1770. Botany Bay was initially called ‘Sting Ray Harbour’ by Cook due to the stingrays they caught there, but he later named it Botany Bay due to the vast quantity of plants there; it was later the site of the arrival of the First Fleet from Europe in 1788. Cook claimed the land for Great Britain, thus setting the stage for exploration and settlement of Australia - initially as a penal colony - which decimated the indigenous population. Cook returned to Britain in July 1771, and after his seminal voyage to Australia, continued his travels and undertook three voyages in total. On the third voyage, Cook landed in Hawaii where the indigenous islanders allegedly initially worshiped him as a god, as his arrival fit the story of the return of their deity Lono. However, relations soon soured, and Cook was eventually killed by native Hawaiians in 1779.