Ration Recipes: Part One

For our recent WWII Ration Dinner I tried to recreate recipes of the period as accurately as possible. For most dishes it was easy to find original recipes online thanks to The Ministry of Food’s many handy household guides and recipes for making the most of your rations (as well as the produce from your Victory…

WWII Ration Dinner

Mock Apricot, Faux Coffee and Spam may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but when Sara requested a WWII Ration Dinner for her birthday I happily obliged. We wanted to treat the period sensitively; obviously we didn’t want to trivialise the war or the losses that were suffered, but we did want to celebrate the…

Le Banquet des Victims

Let’s step back in time, to Halloween. And from there even further back…to 19th century France. To put us in the mood for a spooky evening we hit the books and were inspired by a very particular time in history – just after the bloody period known as The Terror after the French Revolution. As the…

Historical Kitchen: Apple Fritters A La Bavarre (1759)

I love cookbooks, I have shelves laden with cookbooks covering every cuisine from the classic Art of Cooking to the kitsch Coca Cola Cookbook. But my favourites are my collection of vintage and historical cookbooks. For example, my copy of William Verrall’s Cookery Book 1759 which I purchased whilst on holiday in London.  It’s full of Georgian Era French and…