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Tag: Willoughby

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Recipe of the month: Cheese rolls

October 1st, 2011 at 08:10

A recipe for dinner party canapés, not from the 1970s, but from somewhere around the 1770s, this recipe for puff pastry Cheshire cheese rolls come from an undated recipe book in the collection attributed to the Willoughby family of Aspley and Cossall. Cheese Rolls (MS 87/1, p. 2) A quarter of a pound of Chesire [...]

Recipe of the Month: Strawberry wine

July 1st, 2011 at 08:07

As it’s the beginning of July, and the Wimbledon tournament is on, it seemed appropriate to find a strawberry recipe. This recipe for fortified strawberry wine comes from a recipe book started in 1737 by Mrs Margaret Willoughby, wife of Edward Willoughby of Aspley Hall.

Recipe of the month: Thin cream pancakes

June 4th, 2011 at 08:06

These very thin pancakes are somewhat richer than those we are used to eating on Pancake Day, as they contain cream (instead of milk), and added brandy or ‘sack’ (fortified wine, such as sherry or madeira). The opulent ingredients would have meant these pancakes were reserved only for the rich. The name ‘quire of paper’ [...]

A seventeenth-century game of football

May 14th, 2011 at 12:05

As England gears up for the FA cup final today, I’ve been having a trawl for records relating to football within the archives here in Nottingham. Putting ‘football’ into the AnyText box of the main catalogue page brings up a number of hits relating to the beautiful game from a very diverse array of sources. You can discover photographs [...]

Recipe of the month: Shrub

March 1st, 2011 at 08:03

Shrub is a cordial made with fruit juice and a spirit – in this case brandy, but often rum – which was very popular in the 18th and early-19th centuries. A non-alcoholic version is made with vinegar. The quantities in this recipe are enormous – 3 gallons equals 8 pints! The recipe was probably intended [...]

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. [...]

The medieval Willoughby family

April 12th, 2010 at 11:04

Biographies and family trees of five medieval members of the Willoughby family have been added to the online Family & Estate Resource relating to the Middleton family of Wollaton Hall. The Willoughby family is descended from Ralph Bugge, a Nottingham merchant, who bought lands in Willoughby-on-the-Wolds, Nottinghamshire, in the thirteenth century. The family soon changed [...]