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Historical Cooking, Week 9: Almond Porridge

In our final post in this Historical Cooking series, Ines tries Almond Porridge. After being lured by my colleagues and my curiosity into the Renaissance Cooking manuscript, my attention was caught by the recipe for Mandel brey (Almond porridge). The complete manuscript is available through the Digital Collections Portal. I am an undeniable enthusiast for…

8 December 201617th Century cooking How-To's Manuscript Collection

Historical Cooking, Week 8

This week Sean attempts to make an apple-based dish from our recipe book – the complete manuscript is available for viewing on our Digital Collections Portal As temperatures have taken a tumble over the past couple of weeks, we thought it would be a good idea to attempt a winter warmer from our manuscript of…

1 December 2016Uncategorized

Historical Cooking, Week 7: Filled Pears

This week Catherine attempts to make Filled Pears using a recipe from book – the complete manuscript is available for viewing on our Digital Collections Portal After last week’s predominance of mollusc-based protein we thought we’d try to fit in one of our ‘five fruit and vegetables a day’ and try a variation on a pear…

24 November 201617th Century cooking How-To's Manuscript Collection

Historical Cooking, Week 6: Fried Snails

This week Sean is brave enough to attempt a fried snail dish from our recipe book – the complete manuscript is available for viewing on our Digital Collections Portal This week we tried fried snails – seeing as the chef hadn’t eaten escargots in any form, renaissance style or contemporary, this seemed like a good opportunity…

17 November 201617th Century cooking general information How-To's Manuscript Collection

Historical Cooking, Week 5: Soup

This week we have a guest post from Amanda Zoch in the USA who attempts to make a soup from our recipe book – the complete manuscript is available for viewing on our Digital Collections Portal  My previous attempts at renaissance cookery have been limited to desserts, and though I love baking, when approached with the…

10 November 201617th Century cooking general information How-To's Manuscript Collection

Dish Cake, Blaten Küchlin

This week Fiona Menzies has a go at ‘Dish Cake’. Ein guten theil eyer klopft wol in einer blaten, auch milch darunder, mach mit saltz vnd mäl ein zarteβ teiglin shüt heissen aucken in ein supen blaten, stell die blaten auf ein haffen voll heissen wasser, glut darunder daβ das wasser koche, vnd der teig…

27 October 201617th Century cooking Activities Manuscript Collection

Historical Cooking: Week 2 – Milk Soup and Kropffen Cakes

This is the second post in the Special Collections mini-series on our Swiss/German Renaissance cookery book (ms38990), and our first attempt at a recipe. Maia Sheridan was this week’s chef. We tried two recipes this week. Ein guten milch supen zu Machen – to make a good milk soup Nimm ganzn milch, nimm 4 oder…

20 October 201617th Century cooking Activities Manuscript Collection

Reading the Collections, Week 44: The Mackenzie Correspondence, 1685-1691

  I wonder yow writ not to mee. Like so many parents or guardians of young people at university, Sir George Mackenzie of Rosehaugh was not impressed by his nephew Simon’s epistolary abilities, much less his money management.  A bundle of 37 letters – worn, torn, and dirty – from the Fraser-Mackenzie of Allangrange manuscripts…

14 January 2016Manuscript Collection Reading the Collections

Reading the Collections, Week 14: George Herbert, The Temple (Cambridge: Thomas Buck and Roger Daniel, 1633)

Although I thought that the work of George Herbert was all new to me, I found that I already knew some of his poems almost by heart, having sung the hymns “Teach me, my God and King“, “King of Glory, King of Peace” and “Let All the World in Ev’ry Corner Sing” from a young…

6 May 2015Rare Book Collection Reading the Collections

A Tale of Two Cities: fragment of extremely rare 17th century Glasgow Catechism uncovered

A few months ago, while walking the stacks of our 17th century collections, a copy of Andrea Morosini’s folio Historia Veneta (1623) caught my eye. Normally, when trolling stacks of early printed books for something interesting you’re looking for that one shining thing in a sea of brown calf spines; an elaborately tooled pigskin spine…

11 June 2014Rare Book Collection Rare Book finds