During the Revolutionary War, it was not uncommon for women to be attached to a unit. The women of the King's Rangers may portray women from any walk of life. Some officers might bring their wives. In some cases, family members of the soldiers might be displaced from their homes and have been invited for their safety. Some women followed the army eking out a living as best they could. Some worked for the army doing washing and other tasks. Many women were refugees. It is this last group, the refugees, that sets us apart. Refugees were women of Loyalist families, often born in America, seeking protection from the rebels behind British lines, until they could make their way safely to Canada. Their assistance greatly increased the chances of survival for the wounded.
The women in our unit provide a complete picture of life in the 18th century. Many of the women in our unit find period cooking and sewing interesting and enjoyable hobbies. They often make their own outfits. There are always many other women around and many things to keep your interest. Some women just enjoy the historical experience. We are often at a restored fort, museum, tavern or historic house. There are many opportunities to learn about the style of dress, cooking, and general living conditions. This is a family friendly group, and properly chaperoned children are welcome and find plenty to do. They even learn a little history when they are not expecting it.
We owe a lot to the women who have joined our unit. They have taken on the necessary duties of cooking, attending to the fire, and managing the cook-fly. However, the men always keep the wood and water in ample supply. Truth be told, the men particiapate quite often in meal planning and preparation. The women strive to have meals authentic to the period. They will reproduce recipes from the 18th century in content and style of cooking. Some of these are listed below:
Fish Chowder is one of my favorites. But we don’t have it unless we are near water. Of course this makes sense, I just wish we were near water more often. I made it myself last time. However, I was told it was too rich. I will use less cream next time or have someone else do it.
Wild Blueberry Pie
Wild Blueberry Pie does not seem like much as it is only flour, shortening, sugar, and blueberries. But cooked in a Dutch oven over the fire, it is to die for. Some day Claire will share the recipe and how it can be cooked to perfection under seemingly hostile conditions.