Historical How Tos

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A history of the Christmas Pudding

Delve into the history of the Christmas Pudding with food blogger Sam Bilton
Posted:
14 November 2016
Posted By:
Sam Bilton
Categories:
Historical How Tos

What would Christmas dinner be without a Christmas pudding? As Stir Up Sunday (the day that you're traditionally supposed to make your pud) approaches, Sam Bilton looks at the origins of the Christmas pudding. She's also found some historical recipes to try at home, including medieval figgy puddi...

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How to do afternoon tea like the Victorians

Mrs Beetons recipe for afternoon tea
Posted:
23 August 2016
Posted By:
Sam Bilton
Categories:
Historical How Tos

Tiny cakes and sandwiches, freshly baked scones, buttered toast and a pot of tea - what could be more English? But how, when and why did the ritual of afternoon tea evolve - and how can we recreate it today? Food blogger Sam Bilton explores the institution that is afternoon tea. Time for tea “Th...

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What to grow in a medieval herb garden

Gardens at Rievaulx Abbey
Posted:
6 May 2016
Posted By:
English Heritage
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Historical How Tos

A monastery’s infirmary herb garden grew specialist plants that were used in medieval medicine to help the body heal itself. Here are nine plants that you’d find there which you can still grow in your own herb garden today.  Gardens dedicated to medicinal herbs alone were quite rare in medi...

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