Historical Bites

    There's something about food that brings people together. So what better way is there to get closer to our ancestors than by tucking into the very same food and drinks that were consumed throughout history?

    If you're looking to recreate the spoils of a bustling Victorian kitchen, or mix yourself a cocktail from the 1930s, we've got some tempting suggestions for authentic recipes that bring England's history alive.

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    The Roman

    Roman 'Burgers'

    We all know that the Romans left a huge mark on Britain, but you may be surprised to learn of one particular culinary invention. Broadcaster and writer Annie Gray takes us through the unlikely origins of the burger in Britain.

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    Cook like a Roman

    Cook like a Roman

    Ever wondered what the Romans used to eat? As well as being responsible for importing into England many of the flavours that we recognise today, including coriander and leeks, you might be surprised by some of the stranger delicacies enjoyed by the Romans. Stuffed womb of a virgin sow, anyone?

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    Victorian Ice Cream

    A popular frozen dessert that we might take for granted nowadays was much more time-consuming to produce for the Victorians. Join our Victorian cook as she whips up a batch of a rather unusual (but delicious) flavoured ice cream in the kitchens of Audley End House in Essex.

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    Victoria Sponge Cake

    The Queen's Cakes

    Queen Victoria had a very “sweet tooth” and the royal kitchens were kept busy catering to this particular aspect of their mistress’s appetite. Curator Michael Hunter examines three cakes closely associated with Queen Victoria – Battenburg Cake, Victoria Sponge and Osborne Pudding.

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    Victorian Pancakes

    Did you know that the Victorians were partial to pancakes? The kitchen staff at Audley End House would have had a lot of them to make in time for lent, not only for the Lord and Lady at the top table but also for the servants, and there were quite a lot of them!

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    Mrs Crocombe

    Mrs Crocombe's Cookbook

    Mrs Avis Crocombe worked in the kitchens at Audley End in the 1880s and captured many different recipes in her cookery book. It includes a range of Victorian delights, even a recipe for roasted swan!

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    Cocktails at Eltham Palace

    1930s Cocktails

    In 1933 Stephen and Virginia Courtauld transformed Eltham Palace, an important medieval royal palace, into an Art Deco masterpiece. We've recreated three cocktails that were popular in the 1930s with a video guide so you can follow along at home.

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    Brodsworth Hall kitchen

    Kitchens from History

    It is often said that the kitchen is the heart of any home, which is very much the case with many of our properties. So why not step back in time and visit these spectacular kitchens to see for yourself where food was prepared throughout history?

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    Gifts for Cooks

    Gifts for Cooks

    Get ready to bake with our range of products from the Mary Berry Collection and our award winning scrumptious curds, jams and chutneys for creating yummy cakes and savoury snacks. There are also exclusive aprons for Her Ladyship and His Lordship as well as cookery books and baking essentials from mixing bowls to cake stands. Perfect gifts for any star baker.

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