I am not a huge fan of this modern obsession of shopping for Christmas gifts ridiculously early. Before the clocks have even been put back in October, people start stockpiling cards, biscuits, Quality Street, crackers and rolls of festive wrap! Actually, I don’t blame the shopper, after all some of the best seasonal bargains can be found on…… Continue reading Edwardian Christmas Pudding Recipe
I love quizzes, everything from University Challenge to pub quizzes, always have done. I am a total geek for general knowledge. Whenever I see a interactive quiz posted anywhere on social media, I am straight in there like a rat up a drainpipe! It is clickbait that I totally approve of. I have never created…… Continue reading How Much Do You Really Know About 20th Century Food Culture?
It feels good to be blogging again after a short break. Mini life update. Earlier this Summer I had a serious accident*, nearly lost my foot (yikes!) after suffering multiple closed fractures and joint dislocation in my right ankle. There followed a rather dramatic dash to one hospital then another, a short spell in Resus so many drugs I swear I…… Continue reading Life Update & Blog Name Change…..
Last year, I planted a broad leaf sorrel clipping in my herb and vegetable garden. I will be honest, I had never eaten sorrel before neither did I know much about its culinary history. I had seen it as an ingredient in numerous historical recipes so I thought it would be a good addition to my heritage herb garden. This spring,…… Continue reading Sorrel – The Comeback Kid
Garden angelica or wild celery, Angelica archangelica. Handcoloured copperplate engraving after a drawing by James Sowerby for James Smith’s English Botany, 1813. (Photo by Florilegius/SSPL/Getty Images) Has anyone noticed that it is almost impossible to find candied or crystallised angelica in British supermarkets these days? Even health food shops seem to no longer stock it. Yet another…… Continue reading Make Your Own Crystallised & Candied Angelica
1959, husband about to taste his wife’s home-made hot bread and butter pudding (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images) Bread and butter pudding is as British as, well, rain on a Summer’s day. Definitely not a pudding for those on low-calorie/carb/dairy-free diets but perfect if you are on a low-budgets. It is comfort food at its very best and goodness knows…… Continue reading Bread & Butter Pudding
I should really rename this post, ‘Pimp My Blancmange’. Once I made this dessert, I went on to add lots of glitter and floral embellishments. I couldn’t resist. Not really sure Mrs Cradock would have approved of such vulgar gilding. Anyway, retro food should be fun and I certainly had a lot of fun with this…… Continue reading Fanny Cradock’s Bavarois A La Zizi