Rhyming recipes used to be common in England, they date back to the days when few cooks could read or write. The rhyming recipe that everyone knows comes from Shakespeare’s Macbeth: Eye of newt and toe of frog, Wool of …
Spotted Dick, Jam Roly Poly, Bakewell Pudding, Summer Pudding, Queen of Puddings
Next to me, on my desk, is a dark, metal pastry cutter shaped like a heart.
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.
Are you interested in food AND history? Do you want to start cooking historic recipes but find it difficult to start?
Food can take you to other places. But wouldn’t it be more fun to travel in time?
Recipes are like small detective stories. They can give historical clues.
An autumn afternoon called for gingerbread so I consulted my recipe books
Hunter’s pudding is a variation of plum pudding, and so good autumn
A quick history of the Hot Cross bun and a wonderful historic recipe
Want to do something different for Pancake Day but don’t know what?
If you have carved out a pumpkin for Halloween this recipe is ideal to use up the flesh
96 mince pies are made for a discerning audience. None remain
The damp fug of a pudding gently boiling in a old kitchen, the rattling of a saucer in the pot
This was the first ever historical recipe that I tried, one cold February in 2017