Food History

The Joy of Fermentation:  Kombucha

The Joy of Fermentation:  Kombucha

Kombucha is the beverage the ancient Chinese called the “Immortal Health Elixir”. It’s been around for more than 2,000 years and whilst this drink comes with a long list of potential health benefits, I must confess that on first sight it is a little scary. […]

The History of the Royal Nut: the Walnut

The History of the Royal Nut: the Walnut

Dating back to 7000  BC the Walnut has a long and regal history. It is the Romans who are credited with introducing and spreading the graceful walnut tree throughout most of Europe. The name English Walnut is somewhat confusing, with its other name the Persian […]

Kitsch Contraptions and Kitchen Wizardry – A look at kitchen gadgets from the 60’s and 70’s

Kitsch Contraptions and Kitchen Wizardry – A look at kitchen gadgets from the 60’s and 70’s

  The 1960’s and 1970’s saw food transforming from a feast for the stomach into a feast for the eyes and with this came a host of unusual recipes and accompanying kitchen implements. The perfect companion for the modern housewife was a hoard of labour […]

The Jaffa Cake Crisis

The Jaffa Cake Crisis

Sadly we are not strangers to shrinking foods. Two Christmas’ ago we were disappointed at the stingy size of the new Quality Street tins or more accurately the plastic tubs as they are nowadays. Then there was Toblerone-gate matter where the Toblerone changed it’s iconic shape and […]

A Feast Fit for Dickens

A Feast Fit for Dickens

For me Christmas magic comes from the simplest things: turkey roasting in the oven, bread sauce bubbling on the stove, Christmas crooners on the radio and the smell of the Christmas tree filling the house. Today it seems that there is an increased emphasis placed […]

A Taste of History and a Tipple from the Past

A Taste of History and a Tipple from the Past

There is nothing as satisfying as indulging in a glass of wine on a cold winter’s night. Indeed I have often said that a glass of wine is the best tonic in the world and it seems that my sentiment was shared by the French […]

It’s a Bard Life Cooking with Warden Pears – but a Literary Delight!

It’s a Bard Life Cooking with Warden Pears – but a Literary Delight!

  Succulent, juicy and tender with a slightly granular flesh; pears are delicious when perfectly ripe. I love pears and for me a poached pear is an ultimate pudding indulgence. Not only are pears delicious to eat, but they also boast a long culinary and […]

Retro Dinner Party Revival

Retro Dinner Party Revival

  Food had been all about frugality and functionality for the best part of the 1940’s and 1950’s and whilst the food had been wholesome by the 60’s people were ready for a change. Bright, brash and decadent was the new trend, with different foods […]

The Five Ages of Television Dinners

The Five Ages of Television Dinners

1960’s Television Dinner Menu Soufflé potatoes with baked eggs Bean Delight Club Sandwiches Sixties Style Swedish Meat Balls Sausage Toasties Pot of Tea If I invited you to partake in an evening filled with TV Dinners and snacks no doubt it would conjure up images […]