How to make Piccalilli – Regency Style!

One of the earliest pickles to become popular in England was piccalilli.  A recipe of 1694 states: ‘To pickle lila, an Indian Pickle’ describes a vinegar and brine sauce which was flavoured with ginger, garlic, pepper, turmeric and mustard seeds. In the sauce was cabbage, cauliflower and other vegetables. The recipe is the rather wonderful … Continue reading “How to make Piccalilli – Regency Style!”

How to Pickle a Peach

The Regency Town house was full of Italian artists when I made this recipe for the first time. It was a warm summer’s evening and the kitchen window was wide open. There was an Anglo-Italian exhibition launch in the drawing room two floors above. Although the basement kitchen is far away from the rest of … Continue reading “How to Pickle a Peach”

How to restore a Kitchen Dresser

Long, slow but worth it… It’s been a long slow process but the original dresser at 13 Brunswick Square is finally restored. It’s back in the same place it was when the house was constructed in 1829. But it’s not been easy. Teams of volunteers have worked, under supervision of curator Nick Tyson, for years.  … Continue reading “How to restore a Kitchen Dresser”

How did it manage to stay untouched for so long?

As a volunteer I often get asked the question how the Town House’s basement managed to stay untouched for so long. An elderly lady in history I tell people who asked the true story of an elderly lady living in layers of history. It’s also a story of a young curator who discovered that she … Continue reading “How did it manage to stay untouched for so long?”

How to make Seed cake (Elizabeth Raffald’s way)

Devoted to Hannah I have been devoted to Hannah Glasse.  She’s helped me through all the fundraising events Dine Like A Servant and Lunch with the Curator at the Regency Town House.  I owe her a great deal.  But this week I decided I had enough of Hanna.  I wanted to try out Elizabeth.  That’s … Continue reading “How to make Seed cake (Elizabeth Raffald’s way)”

What is Lunch with the Curator?

It’s another way to experience The Regency Town House.  It’s a tour with a lunch.  Not just any tour, it’s a tour of the Upstairs and Downstairs life in an 1830s house.  Not just any lunch, it’s a lunch held in the basement kitchen of the Town House, with dishes based on authentic recipes of … Continue reading “What is Lunch with the Curator?”

How do you Dine Like A Servant?

There is a restoration project in Hove, UK where guests are invited to a fundraising dinner where they will Dine Like Servants. In February 2018 we were even featured in the local newspaper, the Argus. It’s at the Regency Town House in Brunswick Square, Hove. Hove is part of Brighton and Hove. Brighton and Hove … Continue reading “How do you Dine Like A Servant?”

How do you make Fanchonettes (and what are they?)

Imagine a pastry case filled with almond and lemon custard, topped with meringue. That’s what these delicious tarts are.  They were made famous by the first celebrity chef Antonin Carême, who, cooked for the royalty of Europe in the early nineteenth century.  He even cooked an incredible feast for Brighton and Hove’s own Prince Regent … Continue reading “How do you make Fanchonettes (and what are they?)”

Fennel Pickle and Pickled Grapes

The first thing visitor notice, as they enter the housekeeper’s room at 10 Brunswick Square are the cupboards.  Cupboards everywhere and all of them have locks. Locked away in the housekeeper’s room were many things that servants could steal and sell.  Porcelain, the finest table napkins, china and candles. And there were pickles.  Hannah Glasse, … Continue reading “Fennel Pickle and Pickled Grapes”

Five compelling reasons why you should volunteer at the Regency Town House

Are you fascinated by food and history? But the combination is so quirky.  Where can you do both? It’s fun practising at home, by yourself, but you want to try out recipes with other people. You want the challenge of cooking for a large group of people, just like you were cooking in a restaurant. … Continue reading “Five compelling reasons why you should volunteer at the Regency Town House”