Omelettes ~1855

Recipes for Omelettes. Just in time for Sunday brunch, the omelette round-up. "Where is the man or woman cook but says they know how to make an omelette, and that to perfection? But this is rarely the case..." Simple Omelette Recipe. Note: Adding milk makes the omelette puffy, and lighter. Giving it more bulk as…

National Galette and Social Class ~1855

National French Cake Recipe. Today's excerpt is slightly longer, but offers us a glimpse into Parisian night-life in 1855. I love how Alexis uses extended preambles as a lead in to the actual recipes. You see this in celebrity cookbooks today. For readers who are theater-goers, this post is a special treat! Oh! The imagery…

Eggs ~1855

Background on Eggs. Historical footnote on Orpheus, Pythagoras and their eggs, which you may or may not have known already: And then we find this footnote about Egyptians slinging their eggs around.  Is this true?!? Any other interesting tidbits on eggs out there?   Source: Soyer's Shilling Cookery for the People, 1855. More Fun Discoveries…

Spring Nettles ~1855

Recipe for Nettles. Nettles? Anyone? The health benefits of nettles are well known - something of a cure all and immune booster. I had them for the first time about a month ago at a local winery's celebrity chef cook-off. It was sautéed in yummy goodness and smothered in five spice dressing. Not what typically comes…

Maypole Tea

Compliments of my mum, touring England at the moment.  Prints are from Blists Victorian Town, part of the Ironbridge Gorge area. The area played a very big role in the Industrial Revolution. The tile mural is from nearby Jackfield Tile Museum. Enjoy!     More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Raw Food Diet ~1900 Domestic…

How to Choose a Potato ~1855

Selecting Potatoes. If, on the contrary.... Wow. This is way more than I ever knew about selecting potatoes. I don't think that I realized there were gradients of flavor or texture. Huh. Learn something every day. Source: Soyer's Shilling Cookery for the People, 1855. More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Ice Cream ~1866 Potato Puff…

Cottage Cooking ~1855

Victorian Domestic Economy.   For those readers who enjoy peeking into the past, this excerpt offers a wonderful view of family life in a English cottage circa 1850. You have a multi-generational home, picky eaters, and a glimpse at food prices. Fascinating. Enjoy! Have a wonderful day! Source: Soyer's Shilling Cookery for the People, 1855.…

Bubble and Squeak ~1855

Corned Beef and Cabbage. Being of Irish surname name, I have had many (many) conversations over the course of my life about St. Patrick's Day traditions. Specifically, several people have shared (repeatedly) how corned beef and cabbage isn't actually an Irish 'thing'. Well, all of those people were right. Insofar as it was not called…

Curious Effects of Imagination ~1855

On Imagination and Food. Check on these next two stories from Soyer's Shilling Cookery for the People, circa 1855. Alexis was a formidable woman expressing self-confidence, wit, and irreverence. Enjoy! She actually has a point on that last part. Now we turn to politics, however... Source: Soyer's Shilling Cookery for the People, 1855. More Fun Discoveries from…

Garlic ~1885

On Garlic In honor of National Garlic Day, a fine tribute to our bulbous friend. Note that according to this excerpt, garlic was not as popular with Americans as it was with Europeans (makes sense) and that cooks are urged to use garlic in moderation as it causes bad breath. To garlic! Source: The Physiology…