Friday, January 02, 2009
CARRY ON JEEVES and the Famous Hangover Cure
Time magazine notes that P.G. Wodehouse assigned a hangover cure to his most famous fictional creation, Jeeves, the estimable butler famous for his bracer of Worcestershire sauce, raw egg, and pepper. "Gentlemen have told me they find it extremely invigorating after a late evening," he explained to a red-eyed Bertie Wooster in the 1916 short story, Jeeves Takes Charge, which appears in the Carry On Jeeves volume of the Collector's Wodehouse. And the foodie website, Serious Eats, also comments on the cure: "Jeeves confronts Bertie's wretching hangover with his magic potion: raw egg, Worcestshire sauce, and red pepper. As Jeeves puts it: It is the Worcester sauce that gives it its colour. The raw egg makes it nutritious. The red pepper gives it its bite. Gentlemen have told me they have found it extremely invigorating after a late evening."