‘Hen de la Wake’ or ‘Hen of the Wake’ – i.e. the hen to be eaten during the Fair.
This is a late version of a very old recipe. It was collected near Wigan, about 1900, in its present form. It is a feast-day dish, dating from the Middle Ages, as good to eat as it is gay to look at with its white meat, black stuffing and yellow and green trimmings. To be eaten cold.