(Eep! Merry belated Christmas! And happy New Year!)
This is something I'd been wanting to do the entire time we were in Michigan. So even though our last weekend in Ann Arbor was dreary and rainy, we packed ourselves up and drove to Greenfield Village to see us some history, Henry Ford style!
Greenfield Village is a large complex just outside the Henry Ford museum, made up of buildings Mr. Ford bought and dragged back from all over the world. Some of these are homes of famous writers (Noah Webster, Robert Frost), some are working shops (a mill, a printing press) and you can even see examples of working farms through the last 400 or so years.
It's a huge complex, and there's a lot to see. But first things first - the Eagle Tavern, an 1850's style public house!
Hey, we were hungry.
We ordered a cider and a "malt beverage", namely a Greenfield Village Steam Station brewed locally by Motor City Brewing Works.
Our lunch came with a generous spread of rolls and muffins, which were surprisingly moist and well-made, as well as a selection of chutneys and jams.
For the main meal, we split a pork and apple pie, which arrived as a hearty, flavorful stew topped with a dense flaky crust.
We also ordered the salmagundi, which is a great word and usually means a large plated salad of disparate ingredients, but here meant more of a ploughman's lunch with dried sausage, cheese, a hard-boiled egg, and whole grain mustard. The baked cauliflower we had as a side was a satisfying blend of cheese and soft cauliflower, a dish I could definitely enjoy during the cold months.
Bellies filled for the time being, we headed off into the grey and cold Michigan October day to explore the rest of the enormous complex.
Food preservation, corncobs in outhouses, and escaping turkeys after the jump!