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Roast Beef of Old England

05/08/2012

Today is National Roast Day, as Homepaddock reminded Adam. Otherwise Adam would have been unaware of the fact.

This Sunday, Adam and his good lady are having Roast Rib of Beef, bone in, arguably one of the finest cuts of meat to be had. The fact that it is National Roast Day is a coincidence, Adam having been seduced by the sight of the joint in question in his local butchery.

Here it is, and it tasted excellent, succulent juicy rare beef, mini Yorkshire puddings, roast potatoes, kumara, carrots, peas with onions and gravy, with horseradish and some glasses of good red wine.

Roast Rib of Beef as cooked by Adam

This reminded Adam of the old patriotic song, still played today at Royal Navy mess dinners and indeed in the US Marine Corps as well.:-

When mighty Roast Beef was the Englishman’s food,

It ennobled our brains and enriched our blood.

Our soldiers were brave and our courtiers were good

Oh! the Roast Beef of old England,
And old English Roast Beef!
But since we have learnt from all-vapouring France
To eat their ragouts as well as to dance,
We’re fed up with nothing but vain complaisance

Oh! the Roast Beef of Old England,
And old English Roast Beef!
Our fathers of old were robust, stout, and strong,
And kept open house, with good cheer all day long,
Which made their plump tenants rejoice in this song–

Oh! The Roast Beef of old England,
And old English Roast Beef!
But now we are dwindled to, what shall I name?
A sneaking poor race, half-begotten and tame,
Who sully the honours that once shone in fame.

Oh! the Roast Beef of Old England,
And old English Roast Beef!
When good Queen Elizabeth sat on the throne,
Ere coffee, or tea, or such slip-slops were known,
The world was in terror if e’er she did frown.

Oh! The Roast Beef of old England,
And old English Roast Beef!
In those days, if Fleets did presume on the Main,
They seldom, or never, return’d back again,
As witness, the Vaunting Armada of Spain.

Oh! The Roast Beef of Old England,
And old English Roast Beef!

Oh then we had stomachs to eat and to fight

And when wrongs were cooking to do ourselves right.

But now we’re a . . . I could, but goodnight!

Oh! the Roast Beef of Old England,

And old English Roast Beef!

A good rendition of this traditional song, the picture is Hogarth’s famous one of Roast Beef, often called The Gates of Calais
One Comment
  1. 05/08/2012 16:02

    Yum – nearly tempted to rethink tonight’s menu on the strength of this.

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