Historic Recipe: Seed Cake (1938)

Source: Home Management; A Comprehensive Guide-book to the Management of the Household, containing authorative contributions by Experts, compiled and edited by Margaret Garth and Mrs Stanley Wrench (1938) This post is a mash-up of three of my favourite things, Angela Brazil, Home Management and cake. The cake is fairly self-explanatory and I’ve talked about why... Continue Reading →

Seventeenth Century Herbs

For some reason I wrote this blog post in the form of a conversation. With myself. I think I may have been on my own for too long. I was on Cramond Island last week and it was covered with Lady’s Bedstraw (a common UK native with dark green leaves and spikes of yellow flowers),... Continue Reading →

Historic Recipe: Cheesecake Wedges (1973)

Source: Make a Meal of Cheese (1973) This little tome was published by the Cheese Information Service (catchily known as the CIS) which was formed in 1973 to just generically promote cheese (yes, really). The service is also responsible for a series of five pamphlets entitled Choose Cheese. There’s Nothing Like it, which I am yet... Continue Reading →

Historic Recipe: Fish Roll (1938)

Source: Summer Cookery by Aunt Kate, presented by the People’s Journal (1938) Another from Aunt Kate - I find her peppy tone and terrible recipe ideas strangely comforting in this time of chaos. Also, I can’t make anything actually nice, like a cake, because I’d have to eat the whole thing on my own. Recipe: Take... Continue Reading →

Historic Recipe: Wafers (1776)

Source: The Professed Cook; or, The Modern Art of Cookery, Pastry, and Confectionary, made Plain and Easy by B. Clermont (1776) Another work-related recipe… Wafers were eaten as far back at the late Medieval period at the end of a meal and were thought to settle the stomach. Into the eighteenth century, they became part... Continue Reading →

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