Category: history

#OTD in 1709: Alexander Selkirk is rescued

Who’s Alexander Selkirk, you ask? Well, he’s Robinson Crusoe in real life. Sort of. Born in Scotland in 1676, Selkirk had joined a buccaneering expedition to the South Pacific during the War of the Spanish Succession, in 1703, and he found himself embarked on a ship called Cinque Ports, captained by Thomas Stradling. When the […]

#AdventCalendar Day 11: Tarte of Apples and Orange Peels

Another recipe from Thomas Dawson’s The Good Huswifes Handmaide for the Kitchin (1594), gives us a nice easy pie that I’ll never be able to make. Maybe you’ll have better luck. Beware: this recipe takes three days (which is why I cannot do it: I’ll do the first step and then forget all about it). […]

#AdventCalendar Day 10: Rabbit Soup à la Reine

Today I bring you an old recipe reinterpreted through a Victorian’s eyes. If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ve seen this already in one of my long articles on the Ingoldsby Legends, specifically the one on The Lay of St Cuthbert. Ingredients (for around 3 liters of soup): 3 young rabbits (approximately 200 […]

#AdventCalendar Day 7: Tudor Lovers’ knots

Ingredients: 2 medium eggs; 220 grams of white flour; two cups of honey (the clearest the better, simple acacia honey will do) 100 grams of caster sugar; clear water; a curl of butter; half a teaspoon of powdered cinnamon; a small cup of seeds (you can choose between sesame, caraway or poppy seeds). Recipe: Beat […]