Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The Proof of the Pudding: Road to Avonlea ideas

There is an episode I absolutely love from Road to Avonlea called The Proof of the Pudding. It’s episode 6 in season 1.

In the episode, Felicity King, the eldest of the King children is given full responsibility for her siblings and cousins. With full confidence, Felicity thinks she can manage the children. However, she makes some pretty nasty mistakes and some very costly ones. In the end, Felicity learns that she is not ready to manage a household yet. And that she has a lot to learn.

At the beginning of the episode Felicity pulls out a book called “The Family Guide” Which I think is a basic guide to running a house hold. These were very popular in the Edwardian and Victorian time period. Every household would have had at least one guide or etiquette book. It took me a little while but I managed to buy one of these books off Ebay.

In Felicity’s Gamily Guide book, she states that bad behavior must be nipped in the bud and she has every intention of nipping her brother’s bad behavior in the two days that her mother and father are away.

Curiosity got the better of me and I decided to look up what the Victorians thought about child behavior in the Four Deportments Etiquette book that I own.

According to the Four Deportments under the Home Culture section on page 230, on obedience;

If you would not have all your instructions and counsels ineffectual, teach your children to obey. Government in a family is the great safeguard of religious and morals, the support of order and the source of prosperity. Nothing has a greater tendency to bring a curse upon a family than the insubordination and disobedience of children, and there is no more painful and disgusting sight than an ungoverned child.

At the beginning of the episode, Felicity and her mother are also making items for the children to eat during the two days that the adults are gone. There is a ham on the table and other items. Felicity goes on to say that the ham will make wonderful sandwiches.

Here is an idea on how to make your own ham sandwiches.

First bake a ham for dinner one night, (smoked ham with mashed potatoes is a pretty good combination's) Then slice the ham off into deli size slicing.

Next make homemade bread. The Victorians and Edwardian's did not have store bought bread the way do today. Here are some helpful hints on baking bread from Mary Jane Butters.


Once the bread is done, put the sandwiches together. The sandwiches will make wonderful lunches.

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