Skip to content

Search by tag: historical recipes

The Great Plum Pudding ‘Bake’-Off

Four more sleeps till Christmas. The mental background burble of the culinary checklist is getting louder. Make pastry. Bake biscuits for gingerbread house. Make mince pies. Prove stollen. Decorate Christmas cake. Raised pie, bread sauce, chestnutstuffingbrandybutterturkey … In the legendary Book of Household Management, first published in book form in 1861, Isabella Beeton identified ‘the…

21 December 2017How-To's Manuscript Collection Rare Book Collection

Shortbread for New Year: the Evolution of a Recipe

This week, Elizabeth writes about New Year’s baking. Tartan tins of shortbread, optionally adorned with romantic depictions of Eilean Donan castle, Scottie dogs, or Bonnie Prince Charlie, are the clichéd epitome of a present from Scotland, perhaps especially at New Year. I was therefore struck when leafing through Catherine Brown’s excellent Scottish Cookery (3rd edition,…

10 January 2017Activities Rare Book Collection

Christmas feasting in St Andrews

With various Christmas dinners looming, I was wondering what students might have been eating for their Christmas dinners in times past, if they were not lucky enough to be going home. From the foundation of the university in 1410, until the 19th century, students had been able to live in college accommodation and attended common…

15 December 2016Manuscript Collection Rare Book Collection

52 Weeks of Historical How-To’s, Week 18: Pancakes Pancakes Pancakes!

This year Shrove Tuesday falls on Tuesday, 4th March. Naturally, there is only one thing I should cover in this week’s blog post…Pancakes, Pancakes, Pancakes! Shrove Tuesday, the religious celebration marking the start of Lent, is traditionally and perhaps more commonly known in the UK as Pancake Day. Historically, during the season of Lent those…

27 February 2014Archives How-To's Manuscript Collection Rare Book Collection

52 Weeks of Historical How-To’s, Week 8: The Great Mince Pie Bake Off

When we first started talking about cooking our way through the collections, one of the early ideas was to make mincemeat for Christmas following an historic recipe that contained meat. Once we started looking for mincemeat and mince pie recipes in cookery books and collections of recipes, we were surprised at how many different recipes…

19 December 2013Archives How-To's Manuscript Collection Rare Book Collection

52 Weeks of Historical How-To’s, Week 2: Mrs Edwards’s cook book

We bought this recipe book at auction recently, and it arrived with no provenance information. However, from the names and places mentioned, I have worked out that it belonged to Mrs Elizabeth Edwards, wife of George Edwards of Henlow Warden in Bedfordshire. The family tree includes several relatives’ names who contributed recipes – Cousin Talman,…

7 November 2013Archives How-To's Manuscript Collection

Introducing this year’s blog theme: 52 weeks of Historical How-To’s!

Over the past couple of years we’ve had themes for weekly blog posts throughout the year, beginning with the very popular 52 Weeks of Fantastic Bindings, and followed by 52 Weeks of Inspiring Illustrations. While we were musing about what theme to choose for the next series, our Manuscript Archivist Maia Sheridan was cataloguing a…

30 October 2013Archives collections highlights How-To's Manuscript Collection Muniments Collection Rare Book Collection