Whether Peter Rabbit is in a stew is anyone's guess. But surely there be carrots. To say nothing of onions.
Pluck the bird carefully and singe all over with a piece of white paper; then wipe it with a clean cloth; draw in and keep the liver and gizard.
Wash the inside well and wipe it thoroughly dry with a cloth.
Cut the neck off close to the back but leave enough of the crop skin to turn over; break the leg bone close below the knee; draw out the sinews from the thighs and flatten the breast bone to make it look plump.
Fasten the neck with a skewer over to the back; run a skewer through the pinion and thigh on the other side and press the legs as much as possible between the breast and side bones.”
A turkey of ten pounds will take about 2.5 hours to cook - a larger one three hours or more.
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The Tail of Peter Rabbit? 161-year-old Beatrix Potter recipe book goes on sale
A rare collection of Beatrix Potter possessions including a never-seen-before recipe book is due to go on sale - but don't expect to find any recommendations for rabbit stew.
The children's author, whose famous creations included The Tale of Peter Rabbit, compiled the collection with her solicitor husband William Hellis.
The recipes, which are believed to have been handed down over generations, include sponge cake, roast turkey and curry.
Rare find: The Beatrix Potter family heirloom is set to go on auction in, Ludlow, Shropshire on Thursday
The 161-year-old hidden gem was discovered among a trove of Beatrix Potter ephemera which is due to go on sale at Mullock's showroom in Ludlow, Shropshire, on Thursday.
Enthusiasts are set to flock to the auction where the collection is expected to sell for several hundred pounds.
The recipe book includes hand-written entries believed to originate from Beatrix Potter herself.