- Selection of retro food I created for my photoshoot with Good Living magazine. Issue February 2016.
It has been a while since I last blogged on here and am thrilled to be back (did you miss me?). I haven’t been slacking in the blogosphere, honest, in fact quite the opposite, I have been incredibly busy. I was recently appointed History Editor of a new global on-line magazine for bloggers, Bloggeration (Twitter: @Bloggeration_ ). Since launching in March, Bloggeration has been extremely successful, attracting thousands of daily views and at one point the magazine’s weekly #BloggerationChat (Sundays 9.30-10.30 am GMT) began trending on Twitter!
I will be hosting a history-themed #BloggerationChat soon, so keep an eye on @Bloggeration_ for details of my forthcoming slot. If you have ever wanted to start writing a history blog, then check-out my first article for Bloggeration on how to do it. There are lots of tips and hints, as well as plenty of resources and sources to inspire you to begin your blogging journey.
Over on my history blog, Come Step Back In Time, there are also lots of new articles which may be of interest (see below), many different topics, particularly if you are looking for something to read in a lunch hour, at bedtime, on a lazy Sunday afternoon or indeed all three:
- Book blogging and vlogging with Penguin Books UK;
- An Egyptology exhibition;
- Shakespeare critic, Blue Stocking and Arts Patron, Elizabeth Montagu (c.1718-1800);
- Meet Joan Ellis and her Ab Fab career in 1980s’ advertising;
- Exciting new metallurgical research into a cooking pot in the collection of Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust;
- Meet businesswoman, Gloria Holloway, about her career as a hairdresser in the 1960s;
- Making a short film with That’s Solent TV about the incredible story of Victorian heroine, Mary Anne Rogers;
- Meet author Kerrie Logan Hollihan and her research into extraordinary young men and women who ‘did their bit’ on the frontline during World War One;
- Making a short film with That’s Solent TV about the 80th Anniversary of Spitfires and glamourous age of the flying boat;
- Southampton and the Basque Refugee children of 1937;
- Meet author John Broom and his research into stories of faith in World War One;
- The Sultan and The Showgirl – A 1930s Tragic Love Story. A drama-documentary that I took part in for BBC One, which aired Autumn, 2015. The programme is no longer available on iPlayer but you can watch it below.
I have also been really busy completing a number of national (BBC TV and radio) and local press, television and radio engagements too. Since April 2015, I have been a regular contributor on That’s Solent TV (Freeview Ch7 and Virgin Ch159). I present short films on local history stories from around the Solent region as well as appearing as a regular live studio guest on That’s Solent News. I love my news slot, I am a modern-day make-do and mender who offers lots of tips and hints about re-using store cupboard items around the home. I will post some of my advice from those segments on here, very soon. I have also demonstrated easy vintage crafts and talked about a variety of food history topics from Brussels sprouts to Sugar Tax!
One of the many recent media opportunities I am particularly thrilled to share with you here, is a feature article about my adventures in retro food, I hope you find it a fun read! The article appeared in the February 2016 issue of recently re-launched Good Living magazine for Asda, now published by Hearst Magazines UK .
It was great fun having a large team of creatives descend upon the kitchen. Brilliant top bods were despatched from the Hearst magazine’s HQ, including a top make-up artist, hairstylist, photographer (the incredible Katie Hyams!) and a food stylist. I spent several days, prior to the shoot, making a retro feast that Fanny Cradock herself would have been proud of (see pics at the top of this post). Luckily, no blancmange disasters this time around, although after a day under the heat of the lights, some of the wobble had all but disappeared.
I currently have 15 (no, that is not a typo!) draft articles for Viva Blancmange, awaiting my editorial touch so please do ‘bear with’, lots of great posts coming over next few weeks. I will then be posting on a regular basis (once a week) now that all of my other writing is up to date. I also have some exciting food history projects coming-up but I cannot spill the beans on those just yet due to the usual media ‘Secret Squirrel’ code but watch this space:)