Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Early afternoon on the ninth day of the Crusader Battle
In the early afternoon on the ninth day of the Crusader Battle, after Robert and his companions had washed. Many of the troops decided to write home, while Robert lay on his back and relaxed. He had gotten his "valise and sleeping bag". He had to pick out the usual pieces of shrapnel, before he could use the sleeping bag. Robert's crew were discussing their lunch plans. They had boiled beef pudding, canned potatoes, "tinned pears", "condensed milk", and "hot tea". One of his crew obviously had a flare for cooking and a good deal of ingenuity. They crushed biscuits to make the dough for a "pastry". They added water and then wrapped the dough around the beef. They made a "desert oven" from sand and a tin, and placed the dish in the oven and baked. When the beef pastry was hot, they "ate it". they had an extremely enjoyable meal from simple ingredients. This is based on the account in Robert Crisp's book Brazen Chariots.