Month: March 2018

How to make historic Hot Cross Buns

How to make historic Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Bun Course (25th, 26th and 28th March) We could have gone out to the shops and bought them.  But where is the fun in that? I think something I found online might help to explain. “Bought, they taste so dull. Modern commerce has […]

What is a peck of flour?

What is a peck of flour?

A peck.  A peck. What could it be? ‘You must take a quarter of a peck of fine flour…’ said Hannah Glasse in her 1805 book. At this point I was cold.  It’s a wintery day in Hove and the kitchen at the Regency Town […]

How to convert an historical recipe

How to convert an historical recipe

Historical recipes aren’t easy to decipher. You may struggle with strange terms, odd ingredients and confusing spelling.  Here are some tips to get you started.

What about all these F words?

It’s the f and s.

It really helps to remember to read the f as an s.  It can be odd, it can even look a little rude sometimes, but it’s that simple. Swap around the s and f and you won’t have any more difficulties. The reason why they wrote an f instead of an s? Well, it’s not f, but actually a long s. It was a different way of writing s. It was always pronounced as an s is pronounced; it was never pronounced as an f.

Strange Terms

Wet and moist sugar.  This really confused me.  To put it simply these terms have to do with the way sugar used to be transported.  It came as barrels of sugar molasses which were refined later.  Sugar is wet first, dark brown molasses sugar to you and me, moist next which is the light brown stuff or dry, refined white sugar.  It should be added that sugar used to come in cones too. My aim to recreate some for the Town House’s kitchen.

Confused Spelling

Spelling in English was not standardised until the 18th century. But even after then words were often spelt phonetically (as they sounded) and in local dialects. Vowel sounds in particular could be written in a variety of different ways. It all depended on how the writer said the word.

Cross bun recipe pt 1
Cross bun recipe pt 2
What is Dine Like a Servant at the Regency Town House?

What is Dine Like a Servant at the Regency Town House?

“I cannot praise tonight highly enough. It was absolutely fantastic. We had an amazing time. Simply glorious food and met some fabulous people too. In fact we decided we should say it was all terrible as we really don’t want to make it more popular […]