A fascinating history of Tudor food and drink, from swan-neck soup to roasted-alive goose. Continue reading
During the Second World War millions of men left their homes and families to fight for their country. Meanwhile, those waving a tearful goodbye had to carry on. They dug their allotments, measured out their bath water, and presented their ration coupons… Continue reading
Whilst doing some research on the Elizabethan period I came upon a wonderful book called ‘The English Housewife’, written by Gervase Markham (1568?-1637). The book is full of advice for the more affluent housewife such as, ‘Of Physical Surgery’; ‘Of distillations and their virtues, and of perfuming’; ‘Of Wines’; ‘Of Wool, Hemp, Flax and Cloth’, and many more. Although this book was published in the very early 17th Century (around 1615) it would have been relevant in the Elizabethan era.
The chapter which I found interesting was ‘Of Cookery’. Markham sets out what an English housewife should know about cookery and how she should go about it.
‘To speak then of the outward and active knowledges which belong to our English housewife, I hold the first and most principal to be a perfect skill and knowledge in cookery, together with all the secrets belonging to the same, because it…
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A review about How To Run Your Home Without Help published by Persephone Books Continue reading
If you really enjoyed watching Secrets of the Castle, then you’ll be pleased to know that the DVD will be released on 26th January. Continue reading