All The Sweet Things

1942Thus, racing through Week 2, we come¬†to Week 3 covering the early Georgians, specifically George I and focusing heavily on sweet things and…chocolate. Don’t get too excited just yet – I’m saving my experiments with that for the next post ūüėÄ

Britain’s love affair with sugar was well-established by this time. From the early luxury of Persian imports in Henry VIII’s day, through Elizabeth I’s reign when sugar became much more readily available and therefore cheaper¬†via¬†Europe (pre-EU). By George I’s day, the New World had been opened up and sugar was being grown and imported from there, further increasing availability and blackening the nation’s teeth.


More Tudor Food

S√°nchez_Coello_Royal_feastAfter a busy few weeks, I’ve been playing catch up on my Historic Food and Feasting course. Last week, I wrote up my efforts at making¬†Tarte Owt Lent¬†from Week 1. This week will be a bit of a veritable treat¬†of recipes from weeks 1¬†and 2, with week 3 hot on their heels.


Off With Her Quiche!


Kenilworth Castle

A while ago I mentioned that I had signed up for a short course on Historic Food and that began a couple of weeks ago. Unfortunately, I’ve been off trading at¬†Kenilworth Castle and then the Chalke Valley History Festival, respectively, for the last two weekends and frantically trying to finish my Victorian outfit for the latter in between the two. ¬†I promised you an update once I’d started and here it is.


Royal Mail

10329296_1421073688154919_6295224645325141367_nWelcome to the Solstice Edition of the Tarot Blog Hop. Our wrangler on this occasion has given us the directive to create a Tarot card from junk mail, in other words,¬†other people’s images.
First, here are the navigation links to help you find your way around:



Fit for A King

S√°nchez_Coello_Royal_feastAs you may know, I have something of an interest in historic food. I’ve made dishes from Richard II’s cook’s book A Forme of Cury,¬†early editions¬†of¬†Mrs Beeton’s Household Management,¬†recipes from the two World Wars, Medieval Poland,¬†and a whole host of¬†others across several centuries. Some I have taken from copies of the original texts, others have been aided by the research of the likes of¬†¬†Clarissa Dickson Wright, Dorothy Hartley and a whole host of historians throughout the ages, professional and amateur. You’ll find some of my efforts on the virtual pages of this very blog.


Bean Feast

BeansIt’s been a while since I wrote about anything other than Tarot*, and since it is Vegetarian Week, I thought I’d share a veggie recipe with you. ūüėÄ

Yes, alright, it has nothing whatsoever to do with Veggie Week and everything to do with having a temperamental fridge freezer that needs to be emptied and defrosted, and no food in the house. There, I admit it! Happy? Anyway, the fact remains, I have a recipe of sorts for you. That it is born of the dregs of my freezer contents is neither here nor there.


A Bit Grimm

weblogoImagine my delight at receiving the lovely Arthur Rackham Oracle as an anniversary gift from my DH on Saturday! Rackham was a prolific illustrator and even if you aren’t familiar with his name, you’ll almost certainly have come across some of his images. The 80 cards in this deck¬†are derived from only four of the forty-two books he illustrated: Grimm’s Fairy Tales¬†(two volumes), Shakespeare’s¬†A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Ibsen’s¬†Peer Gynt, and they are absolutely lovely.


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