Tagged: Food

The Cult of Elizabeth David

Elizabeth David in her kitchen. Photograph: Elizabeth David Estate.
Posted:
18 May 2016
Posted By:
Sam Bilton
Categories:
History Uncovered

To mark the unveiling of a blue plaque honouring Elizabeth David, Sam Bilton, food historian and blogger, explores the impact she had on British cooking. Auberon Waugh once said that food writer Elizabeth David would get his vote as the single person most responsible for most improving British li...

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How to Drink Like a Norman

© The Art Archive / Alamy
Posted:
16 March 2016
Posted By:
Sam Bilton
Categories:
Historical How Tos

“The English are noted among foreigners for their persistent drinking.” observed John of Salisbury, Bishop of Chartres from 1176-80. But whatever they thought of the English reputation for drunkenness, the Normans appear to have had no problem with joining in our frolics... [caption id="at...

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How to dine like a Norman

Banquet hosted by the Bishop of Normandy, from the Bayeux Tapestry
Posted:
18 February 2016
Posted By:
Sam Bilton
Categories:
Historical How Tos

In the Bayeux Tapestry, William the Conqueror is depicted enjoying a fine feast soon after his invasion of England in 1066. As well as a new language and the clean-shaven look, what else did the Normans bring to the English table? Run Rabbit The Romans had apparently tried to introduce the rabbit ...

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A History of the Twelfth Night Cake

Twelfth Night an engraving by Robert Seymour published in The Book of Christmas by 'Thomas K Hervey (EC0JD5)
Posted:
4 January 2016
Posted By:
Sam Bilton
Categories:
Historical How Tos

The merriment and mayhem of the festive season historically came to a head on Twelfth Night. Historical food blogger Sam Bilton looks back at centuries of celebration, and has a go at recreating a traditional Twelfth Night cake at home. ...

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Meat to sweet: A history of the mince pie

Mince pies close up
Posted:
18 December 2015
Posted By:
Sam Bilton
Categories:
Historical How Tos

Today there’s nothing remotely savoury about the mince pie. But this wasn’t always the case. Like so many dishes, the mince pie has evolved over the centuries.   We recognise them as the quintessential Christmas confection, packed with citrussy dried fruit plumped with brandy, sp...

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