“At Mary Ellen’s Hot Pot Party
The lads & lasses all were gay and hearty”
How wonderful that Una in Charlottesville, Virginia had a go at Gracie’s Lancashire Hot Pot! At the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains a traditional Lancashire recipe got a good going over and the results were rich but very tasty – especially the leftovers next day. Una made a few subsitutions for ingredients not as readily available as they would have been in the North of England in the 1930s and we may suggest these in the book.We may also suggest that like Mary Ellen in one of Gracie’s best loved songs, everyone have a Hot Pot Party. You can invite your guests to rattle up wearing clogs and evening dress, fill up the wash-hand jug with ale and find a “gormless” conjuror to entertain!

If you are unfamiliar with “Our Gracie” you can listen to the jolly ditty here. I warn you though, it’s an ear-worm and you’ll be humming it all day!

Ee by gum!

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