Sauce for thought
Lea & Perrins
❍ The legend goes that a Lord Sandys returned from India with a recipe for a sauce containing vinegar, molasses, tamarind, garlic, sugar and salt. He took it to his local chemist, owned by a Mr Lea and a Mr Perrin, to make a batch. This they did, but the end result was foul, so they bid their adieus, put the sauce to one side and went their separate ways.
A few months later, someone (Lea or Perrin) happened across the now aged sauce, took a sip, and cried hoorah. They bought the recipe and, in 1838, the first bottle was sold to the public. There is much debate as to who exactly the nobleman was, but all that really matters is that wonderful end result—pure piquant joy.
❍ the owner, and douses it with his own sauce. ‘Well, sir, what fine relish is that?’ asks Harvey. ‘Well, my good man, it’s from my mother’s recipe. Do keep it and save some for my return.’
It was such a hit with the punters that, by the time Combers returned, it was finished. ‘Hey ho,’ said the good Captain. ‘Here’s my mother’s recipe.’ Harvey began to produce it commercially and sold to the shops as Harvey’s Sauce. He made huge amounts of cash and eventually returned a rich man, having sold the recipe for an annuity of £500 per annum. The Captain, I presume, carried on hunting.