Yes, I said, and I do not believe that there were any such diseases in the days of Asclepius; and this I infer from the circumstance that the hero Eurypylus, after he has been wounded in Homer, drinks a posset of Pramnian wine well besprinkled with barley-meal and grated cheese, which are certainly inflammatory, and yet the sons of Asclepius who were at the Trojan war do not blame the damsel who gives him the drink, or rebuke Patroclus, who is treating his case.
Sucked the blood out of the wound, and sprinkled soothing remedies, but they never prescribed what the patient was afterwards to eat or drink in the case of Menelaus, any more than in the case of Eurypylus; the remedies, as they conceived, were enough to heal any man who before he was wounded was healthy and regular in habits; and even though he did happen to drink a posset of Pramnian wine, he might get well all the same.
There's no comfort for me no more," she went on, the tears coming when she began to speak, "now thy poor feyther's gone, as I'n washed for and mended, an' got's victual for him for thirty 'ear, an' him allays so pleased wi' iverything I done for him, an' used to be so handy an' do the jobs for me when I war ill an' cumbered wi' th' babby, an' made me the posset
an' brought it upstairs as proud as could be, an' carried the lad as war as heavy as two children for five mile an' ne'er grumbled, all the way to Warson Wake, 'cause I wanted to go an' see my sister, as war dead an' gone the very next Christmas as e'er come.
But I was by this time so weary that I could have slept twelve hours at a stretch; I had the taste of sleep in my throat; my joints slept even when my mind was waking; the hot smell of the heather, and the drone of the wild bees, were like possets
to me; and every now and again I would give a jump and find I had been dozing.
The name aside, there's a widely held belief that the drink is based on a medieval drink called a Posset
which featured hot milk curdled with wine or ale.
In the castle's historic kitchen, Mary prepares a Devon cream tea, before making a delicate peach posset
for a Midsummer Eve woodland party the family are throwing to celebrate their second anniversary at the castle.
Despite being full, we even had the dessert of the day, a wonderfully light lemon posset
, and a sticky toffee pudding with Luca's ice cream.
Later, completely stuffed, we managed one lemon posset
and a coffee between us.
Present the posset
on a dessert plate, spiked with a couple of caramel shards and accompanied by the blueberries and you can also add shortbread fingers.
I have many favourites but the one I enjoy most at this time of the year has to be a zingy, refreshing lemon posset
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, adding not only visual embellishment but insights into serving using eye-catching dishes and presentations.
Serve each posset
with a spoonful of compote and a palmier or two.