Food History

Historical Mince Pie Recipe

Historical Mince Pie Recipe

If  this Christmas you want to enter into authentic festive spirit then why not make a ‘ Real ‘Mince Pie using this historical mince pie recipe? The origins of the mince pie are traceable back to the 13th century, when returning European crusaders brought with […]

Aphrodisiac Foods – Love your Food and Eat Food for Love

Aphrodisiac Foods – Love your Food and Eat Food for Love

You really can eat food for love as well as loving your food, take a quick peak at my guide to Aphrodisiac Foods that will get you in the mood for love. The cold and blustery weather might make you think of cosy nights in […]

Brussels Sprouts are for More than Just Christmas

Brussels Sprouts are for More than Just Christmas

Brussels sprouts are famed for being an essential part of the British Christmas dinner, perhaps because they are at their best around Christmas time.  They are a little like Marmite in that you either love or hate them, and there reputation for aiding flatulence has […]

The Delicious History Christmas Pudding

The Delicious History Christmas Pudding

Modern day festive celebrations are generally more commercial affairs when compared with Dickensian days. Today there is an increased emphasis placed on consumerism; with essential Christmas items spanning from expensive gifts to luxury laden merriment’s. Indeed it seems that Christmas trappings appear in the shops […]

The Story of Cakes – it’s as much about memories as recipes 

The Story of Cakes – it’s as much about memories as recipes 

Cakes are one of the most familiar and extraordinary objects of the Western world. There is nothing quite like cake – indeed no wedding or children’s party would be complete without it. Cake can come in many shapes and sizes and indeed there is heated […]

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 […]