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Category: Recipe of the Month

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Recipe of the month: Pease soup

January 1st, 2011 at 08:01

Before it was possible to freeze or refrigerate food, people had to rely on seasonal produce, or on food that had been dried or preserved during the bountiful summer months. A staple of many people’s winter diet would have been dried peas, in the form of pea soup, ‘pease pudding’ or ‘pease pottage’. You may [...]

Recipe of the month: Plum Cake

December 1st, 2010 at 08:12

A fruit cake is a traditional Christmas treat. This ‘plum cake’ recipe is for an alcoholic sponge cake with added currants, and has been tried and tested by Manuscripts and Special Collections staff! It comes from a recipe book associated with Margaret Willoughby, and was probably written down in the mid to late 18th century. [...]

Recipe of the Month: ‘A Catholic dish’

November 1st, 2010 at 08:11

This recipe comes from a book associated with the Willoughby family of Aspley. The family were Catholics at a time when Catholics were barred from full participation in civic society.  Until 1829, Catholics could vote in parliamentary elections but could not stand as M.P.s, unless they were willing to subscribe to the Protestant oaths taken [...]

Recipe of the Month: Apple pudding

October 1st, 2010 at 08:10

Welcome to the first in a monthly series of recipes taken from 18th century recipe books in our collections. ‘Apple days’ are taking place all over the country this month to celebrate the harvest of this quintessentially English fruit. This recipe for a simple pudding is taken from an 18th-century book which seems to have [...]