The name given to the tight trousers worn by some Regency gentlemen, such as the notorious Beau Brummell and his ‘dandy’ followers, as they showed off their leg muscles.
- 1 oz isinglass
- 6 large oranges
- 1 lemon
- sugar to taste
- water, ½ pint of good cream.
Squeeze the juice from the oranges and lemon; strain it and put it into a saucepan with the isinglass, and sufficient water to make in all 1 ½ pint. Rub the sugar on the orange and lemon rind, add it to the other ingredients, and boil all together for about ten minutes. Strain through a muslin bag, and, when cold, beat up with it ½ pint of thick cream. Wet a mould, or soak it in cold water; pour in the cream, and put it in a cold place to set.
JL note – if you want to be really authentic with this, isinglass is still available (but expensive) from some chemists. However, as it was the precurser to gelatine, we use powedered geliatine you can buy from any supermarket – one packet will set one pint – 6 oranges squeezed make about ½ pint.