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An Xmas Ball in Bachelor's Hall - HBCA N-41

An Xmas Ball in Bachelor's Hall
HBCA N-41

Here's a sample of a monthly menu for the officers at the Hudson's Bay Company York Factory, along the coast of Hudson Bay, December 1-31, 1838. It was reported that the food was varied and substantial. Beef, potatoes and pork were raised locally. Country provisions, venison, fish, geese, rabbits and partridges appear to have been plentiful. The menu for breakfast and dinner reads as follows:

Date Breakfast Dinner
Dec. 1 Fried fish Soup, stewed partridge, pork chops, potatoes, cheese
Dec. 2 Beef steak Soup, roast beef, potatoes, pudding, cheese
Dec. 3 Fried fish Soup, stewed rabbit, boiled partridge, potatoes
Dec. 4 Fried fish Soup, venison pie. broiled partridge, potatoes, tart
Dec. 5 Fried fish Soup, roast beef, potatoes, cheese
Dec. 6 Fried fish Soup, roast pork, curried partridge, potatoes
Dec. 7 Fried fish Soup, salt beef, potatoes, pudding, cheese
Dec. 8 Fried fish Soup, roast venison, beef steak, potatoes, cheese
Dec. 9 Beef steak Soup, roast beef, pudding, cheese
Dec. 10 Fried fish Soup, stewed rabbits, partridges, potatoes
Dec. 11 Fried fish Soup, venison pie, venison steak, potatoes, tart
Dec. 12 Fried fish Soup, roast beef, potatoes, cheese
Dec. 13 Fried fish Soup, roast pork and partridge, potatoes
Dec. 14 Fried fish Soup, salt geese, ducks, potatoes, pudding
Dec. 15 Fried fish Soup, roast venison, curried partridge, potatoes
Dec. 16 Beef steak Soup, roast beef, potatoes, pudding, cheese
Dec. 17 Fried fish Soup, roast partridge, stewed rabbits, potatoes
Dec. 18 Fried fish Soup, venison pie and steaks, potatoes, tart
Dec. 19 Fried fish Soup, roast beef, potatoes, cheese
Dec. 20 Fried fish Soup, roast pork, potatoes, cheese
Dec. 21 Fried fish Soup, salt geese, curried fish, potatoes, pudding
Dec. 22 Fried fish Soup, roast partridge, stewed rabbits, potatoes
Dec. 23 Beef steak Soup, roast beef, potatoes, pudding, cheese
Dec. 24 Fried fish Soup, roast venison, potatoes, cheese
Dec. 25 Fried fish Soup, roast beef, geese, potatoes, mince pies, beef steak pudding
Dec. 26 Fried fish Soup, roast beef, potatoes, cheese
Dec. 27 Fried fish Soup, roast beef, potatoes, boiled ham and tongues, mince pies
Dec. 28 Fried fish Soup, boiled pork, potatoes, peas, suet pudding
Dec. 29 Fried fish Soup, roast venison, potatoes, cheese
Dec. 30 Fried fish Soup, roast beef, potatoes, pudding, cheese
Dec. 31 Fried fish Soup, curried rabbit, roast partridge, potatoes
On Sundays only, wines, madeira and port were served. Porter and spruce beer were supplied during the week.