From the pen of The Regency Cook

How to cook from a historical recipe

My first historical cookbook had no photos but also no ingredient list.

How to make Pumpkin Pie from 1796

If you have carved out a pumpkin for Halloween this recipe is ideal to use up the flesh

How to make the best Christmas Pudding in a pudding cloth

The damp fug of a pudding gently boiling in a old kitchen, the rattling of a saucer in the pot

5 classic old puddings you need to try

Spotted Dick, Jam Roly Poly, Bakewell Pudding, Summer Pudding, Queen of Puddings

Tale of a Pastry Cutter

Next to me, on my desk, is a dark, metal pastry cutter shaped like a heart.

How to save a (Regency) kitchen

Up a scaffold I hatched a plan. Looking down at an old kitchen I imagined the dresser restored and a huge kitchen table in the middle. One day I would make historic recipes in this space and bring the kitchen …

A day in the life of a Regency house

The 1830s Regency kitchen is where I work and from where I write this.

The pastry room – what was it like to work there? And a recipe for artichoke pie

A small dark room lies behind the meat safe in the Town House’s basement annexe

How to make Yorkshire Parkin

“It’s very sweet, with a distinct ginger flavour; sticky and a clinging texture” This is Yorkshire parkin as described for those who don’t know it. And if you don’t know it you should. This ginger-spiced chewy cake is certainly a …

How to make Bachelor’s and Spinster’s puddings

Two discovered recipes from mysterious sources and two antiquated words for being single

Pease pudding – how to make this vegan historical dish

How do you make historical food vegan? My library of historic cookbooks offered inspiration.

5 books that will get you passionate about food history

Are you interested in food AND history? Do you want to start cooking historic recipes but find it difficult to start?

How to make a delicious vegan Georgian poached fruit salad

Food can take you to other places. But wouldn’t it be more fun to travel in time?

How to make a spectacular plum cake from the 1820s

Recipes are like small detective stories. They can give historical clues.

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

An autumn afternoon called for gingerbread so I consulted my recipe books

How to make hunter’s pudding

Hunter’s pudding is a variation of plum pudding, and so good autumn

Dine Like a Servant goes to France

Pate de campagne, brioche, pickled pear or soup Crécy to start

How to make wonderful historic Hot Cross Buns

A quick history of the Hot Cross bun and a wonderful historic recipe

Shrove Tuesday – 3 unusual things to add to a pancake

Want to do something different for Pancake Day but don’t know what?

How to make Lemon Mince Pies from the 1830s

96 mince pies are made for a discerning audience. None remain