Imagine pushing open the heavy, creaking door of a Regency house. You feel a pang of hunger and a spark of curiosity. What can this building reveal? Let me whisk you through this historic house feeding you morsels of puddings, …
Gasp at bawdy and disorderly routs and discover the cakes that were served at them
Imagine picnic hampers filled with delicious food
One of the earliest pickles to become popular in England was piccalilli
Here is a booklet for the Jane Austen Picnic Experience course. Download the booklet (PDF)
A brewery, a vineyard, a picnic and a recipe, first broadcast 20th June 2021
Here is a booklet for the Hot Cross Buns course and a link to a 6 minute video that runs through all the steps in the recipe we’ll be making. Download the booklet (PDF) View the video
This recipes comes from Gary Rhodes – Around Britain. First published in 1996. Ingredients For the pie 175-225g sweet shortcrust pastry 400g fresh greengages, halved and stoned Icing sugar 2-3 tbsps greengage jam or lime marmalade For the sponge 50g …
From Bitter Honey: Recipes and Stories from the Island of Sardinia by Letitia Clark. For the base 1-2 blood oranges 100g sugar For the batter 200ml olive oil – any kind is good, I used virgin 200g caster sugar Pinch …
A delicious pudding that’s a poem from the days when few cooks could read or write
Spotted Dick, Jam Roly Poly, Bakewell Pudding, Summer Pudding, Queen of Puddings
Are you interested in food AND history? Do you want to start cooking historic recipes but find it difficult to start?
I used it to make Valentine’s cakes for a romantic poetry reading.
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 …
The 1830s Regency kitchen is where I work and from where I write this.
A small dark room lies behind the meat safe in the Town House’s basement annexe
“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 …
Two discovered recipes from mysterious sources and two antiquated words for being single
How do you make historical food vegan? My library of historic cookbooks offered inspiration.
My first historical cookbook had no photos but also no ingredient list.