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Just thought I'd share - re: wow-wow sauce

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Just thought I'd share - re: wow-wow sauce

Post by RathDarkblade » Thu Oct 06, 2016 10:31 am

As we all know, when Ridcully eats, he loves nothing better than wow-wow sauce on his food. ;) Up until now, I thought this was just a throw-away joke and a funny name - but it turns out that apparently, wow-wow sauce is real.

The short article also says that there's a recipe in the book "Enquire Within Upon Everything" (88th edition, 1894). I am not sure, but I think I may have a copy of that book! ;) I'll be glad to share the recipe, if anyone's curious. ;)

Anyway, I just thought someone here may be interested. It's always fun to learn something new. :)
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Re: Just thought I'd share - re: wow-wow sauce

Post by RathDarkblade » Sun Oct 09, 2016 1:22 am

And here's the recipe! :) As it turns out, my edition is even slightly earlier. At any rate, the recipe follows.... I am not quoting it verbatim, since the book doesn't have instruction numbers. I simply added them for convenience.

"1. Chop parsley leaves fine;
2. Take two or three pickled cucumbers, or walnuts, and divide into small squares, and set them by in readiness;
3. Put into a saucepan a piece of butter as big as an egg;
4. When it is melted, stir into it a tablespoonful of fine flour, and half a pint of the broth of the beef;
5. add a tablespoonful of vinegar, one of mushroom ketchup, or port wine, or both, and a tablespoonful of made mustard;
6. simmer together till it is as thick as you wish, put in the parsley and pickles to get warm, and pour it over the beef, or send it up in a sauce-tureen.

This is excellent for stewed or boiled beef."
(from Enquire Within Upon Everything. 84th edition, London, Paternoster Square, 1891).

The book itself is a Victorian guide about how to do anything - a guide to etiquette, setting flowers, holding a dinner party, curing a headache, making a will, burying a relative, etc. It's a fascinating look into the late Victorian era.

Enjoy the recipe! ;) Obviously there will a bit of experimentation involved as regards quantities etc. and what the author meant by "take three pickled cucumbers, or walnuts..." Which one - pickles or walnuts? Or maybe both? :twisted:
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Re: Just thought I'd share - re: wow-wow sauce

Post by Who's Wee Dug » Sun Oct 09, 2016 2:00 pm

I've always thought of wow wow sauce as a hotter version of the Japanese wasabi sauce and the real stuff is hot, not what is passed as wasabi outside of Japan.
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Re: Just thought I'd share - re: wow-wow sauce

Post by The Mad Collector » Mon Oct 10, 2016 7:22 am

Pretty well the same recipe is in Nanny Oggs Cookbook :D

butter, a lump about the size of an egg
1 tablespoon of plain flour
300ml of beef stock
1 teaspoon English mustard
1 dessertspoon white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon port
1 tablespoon mushroom concentrate
salt and black pepper
1 heaped tablespoon freeze-dried parsley
4 pickled walnuts - chopped
One of those? Oh I'm sure I have one somewhere..

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Re: Just thought I'd share - re: wow-wow sauce

Post by RathDarkblade » Mon Oct 10, 2016 9:57 am

Why in the name of sanity would anyone want to pickle a walnut? I'm confused. :?
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Re: Just thought I'd share - re: wow-wow sauce

Post by Mixa » Mon Oct 10, 2016 10:49 am

Wow guys, you certainly never stop surprising me! :D Well, if you ever try to cook the recipe let us know!

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Re: Just thought I'd share - re: wow-wow sauce

Post by Tonyblack » Mon Oct 10, 2016 1:37 pm

It's absolutely pants. There's nothing in it with any heat apart from mustard. It needs some super hot chillies.
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Re: Just thought I'd share - re: wow-wow sauce

Post by janet » Tue Apr 18, 2017 9:07 am

RathDarkblade wrote:Why in the name of sanity would anyone want to pickle a walnut? I'm confused. :?

We Brits pickle ANYTHING!
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