As you know I like to look into the history of almost anything on this blog and today (over at the Word Wenches) I am talking about the not-so-humble apple, and what it has done for us. Growing wild in Neolithic times, introduced as a cultivated fruit by the Romans and the source of theft … Continue reading Apple Day!
I have no idea whether the classic Scottish recipe for Montrose cakes has any connection to James Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrose, chief of the Clan Graham and one of the great Royalist soldiers of the Civil War. I rather like the idea of him doing a King Alfred, on the run from his enemies … Continue reading Montrose Cakes
In my husband’s Scots family the tradition of afternoon tea is a well-established one and often comes with the offer of a piece of wee cake. It’s an offer I can seldom refuse. And as I’m sitting here drinking my morning tea and thinking about food, I thought that today’s Scottish-themed blog piece could be … Continue reading A Wee Cake!
Happy St George’s Day! Today is the celebration of England’s patron saint. It’s also Shakespeare’s birthday so it’s a very patriotic day. To celebrate I am making a 19th century pudding recipe, courtesy of the National Trust. This is called Rhubarb and Orange Betty. The original recipe, Brown Betty, was made with apples, breadcrumbs and … Continue reading A Recipe for St George’s Day
Today, 25th January, is the birthday of Scots poet Robert Burns. He was born in 1759 in a small cottage near the Bridge of Doon two miles from the town of Ayr. His birthday is celebrated by people of Scots descent all over the world. Tonight in this house we’ll be eating Cock-a-Leekie soup made … Continue reading Happy Burns Night!
Today on the Word Wenches blog I am talking about some of the historical recipes we tried out to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee. From Coronation Chicken to the Queen’s Gingerbread we had a wonderful time in the kitchen and our clothes are now quite a bit tighter as a result. Drop by to share your … Continue reading Recipes from the Diamond Jubilee!
A little while ago when I was blogging about the origins of some of the events in the London Season (part 2 of this series will follow soon) a commenter asked if the famous recipe Eton Mess was associated with the Eton School 4th June celebrations. The history of Eton Mess is very interesting and has … Continue reading Eton Mess – Invented by a Labrador?
Did you know that Marie Antoinette once wore a headdress woven with potato flowers for a ball? Never mind let them eat cake, let them wear potatoes! Today at the Word Wenches blog I am talking about the history of the potato and how the upper class Brits and French scorned it whilst the Americans … Continue reading A Slice of Potato History!
Happy Monday! First up, I’d like to congratulate Quilt Lady, who has won a backlist book for commenting on my weekend blog post! Quilt Lady, please get in touch at ncornick(at)madasafish.com and let me know which book you would like! Meanwhile I’m still looking for Bobby and HJ and Jennifer L to get in touch … Continue reading Prizes and Puddings!
As it’s Friday and everyone deserves a treat, I’m posting up a 16th century recipe for the most delicious Elizabethan Honey Cake. I first came across this at the National Trust house Moseley Old Hall, where it is served in the tearoom. Enjoy! Ingredients: 6oz butter or margarine, 6oz caster sugar, 60z self-raising flour, 1 … Continue reading Elizabethan Honey Cake