How to make a plum cake from the 1820s

A recipe for a Plumb Cake Take four pound of fine flour well dried, four pound of fresh butter, two pound of loaf sugar pound and sift fine, quarter of an ounce of mace, the same of nutmeg, to every pound of flour put eight eggs, wash four pounds of currants pick them well & … Continue reading “How to make a plum cake from the 1820s”

How to make Elizabethan Gingerbread. An easy recipe using breadcrumbs.

An autumn afternoon called for gingerbread so I consulted my recipe books to find something suitable. The first documented trade of gingerbread biscuits was in the sixteenth century, where they were sold in pharmacies, monasteries and town square farmers’ markets. Before that gingerbread was made of honey. A medieval recipe from 1430 in Jane Grigson’s … Continue reading “How to make Elizabethan Gingerbread. An easy recipe using breadcrumbs.”

How to make hunter’s pudding

Hunter’s pudding is a variation of plum pudding. Plum refer to the raisins in the pudding. Plum puddings were often associated with special occasions, served during certain holidays but also during the harvest to sustain hungry farm labourers and their families. The costly ingredients in hunter’s pudding like brandy, nutmeg and candied peel meant that … Continue reading “How to make hunter’s pudding”

Dine Like a Servant goes to France

Bonsoir! The idea of Dine Like a Servant is to raise funds for restoration of The Regency Town House and to give people a good time. The dishes are historic, adapted where necessary for modern palates, and use original techniques where possible.  Recipes from the past are delightfully written but often short on detail; like … Continue reading “Dine Like a Servant goes to France”

The history of Hot Cross Buns (and a sourdough recipe)

Are you interested in the history behind Hot Cross Buns? Do you want to learn more about where they come from and get the ultimate Hot Cross Bun recipe? In this blog post I give a quick history of the Hot Cross bun and give you a wonderful historic recipe which uses sourdough to give … Continue reading “The history of Hot Cross Buns (and a sourdough recipe)”

Shrove Tuesday – 3 unusual things to add to a pancake.

You want to do something different for Pancake Day but don’t know what?  I’ve been searching through my cookery books and I’ve discovered some unusual historical pancake recipes. Ginger, sour cream or even snow. Pancakes with Powdered Ginger These pancakes, which have added ginger powder, make a hearty feast. Ideal, according to Jane Grigson, for … Continue reading “Shrove Tuesday – 3 unusual things to add to a pancake.”

Christmas Pudding Workshops

Are you fascinated by historical food? Would you like to recreate the Christmas flavours of the past?  Come and join a Christmas cooking workshop in a unique historic Regency kitchen in Hove. Down in the basement we will work with historic recipes recreating the tastes of Christmas’s past. In this course you will work to … Continue reading “Christmas Pudding Workshops”

How to make Pumpkin Pie

This recipe is adapted from a recipe of Amelia Simmons in the rather wonderful ‘Great Cooks and their Recipes – From Taillevent to Escoffier’ by Anne Willan. A book I’d highly recommend. It looks at 14 great cooks in 3 countries over 600 years. Amelia Simmons’s book American Cookery appeared in 1796 and it sought … Continue reading “How to make Pumpkin Pie”

How to make Lemon Mince Pies

Have you ever wanted to cook from an old recipe book? Just to find out what something from the past could taste like? I’m lucky enough to be able to use a beautiful, handwritten cookbook that was donated to The Regency Town House. On page 99 this recipe for Lemon Mince Pies appears. It is … Continue reading “How to make Lemon Mince Pies”

How to make a traditional Christmas Pudding in a pudding cloth

The damp fug of a pudding gently boiling in a old kitchen. The rattling of the saucer I put in to let me know all is still good. The air getting colder. To me these are all signs of Christmas coming up and although it might seem early to some, now is the time I … Continue reading “How to make a traditional Christmas Pudding in a pudding cloth”