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.”

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)”

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”

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 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 … Continue reading “How to convert an historical recipe”