January Weekly Menu 1860s

Bills of Fare for January: Plain Family Dinners The astounding variety in each of these dinner menus makes the reader wonder what a fancy dinner would look like! Of note, our family enjoys apple sauce. We should eat it as a side dish. Check out the cabinet pudding recipe, similar to the one included in... Continue Reading →

Modern Mode of Serving Meat Dishes ~1880

Mrs. Beeton Serving Meat Prints. These four pages are taken from Mrs. Beeton's Book of Household Management. The book includes several colored pages of illustrations throughout, which were a huge selling point. Other than the holidays, I know I really don't plate our everyday meals, it's just not practical. The thought, however, has a formal... Continue Reading →

Plain Cake for Children ~1861

Children's Victorian Cake Recipe. Procuring Dough. Curious ingredients. The cake recipe outsources the dough to the local baker, which, as a busy mom, I think is a brilliant solution. They didn't have biscuit tubes or box cake mixes, but this would have been the next best thing. A quartern of dough is about four pounds,... Continue Reading →

On Beverages ~1861

General Observations on Victorian Drinks. Beverages are innumerable in their variety... and may be divided into three classes. We will, however, forthwith treat on the most popular of our beverages beginning with the one which makes "the cup that cheers but not inebriates." Any recipe requests from the list? From Mrs. Beeton's recipe collection c. 1861.... Continue Reading →

Mrs. Beeton’s Simple Coffee ~1861

A Very Simple Method of Making Coffee. Coffee Preparation in the 1860s All I have to say is: Thank goodness for paper filters! Which leads us to some very interesting trivia. The paper coffee filter was invented by a woman, Melitta Bentz, in 1908. No surprise that a woman would have invented the paper filter.... Continue Reading →

Mrs. Beeton Cocoa Recipe ~1861

How To Make Cocoa. Who doesn't love a mug of hot cocoa in mid-winter? This particular recipe, I believe, is missing a key ingredient: sugar. I was out of instant hot chocolate the other weekend and was scouring the cupboard for a special breakfast treat for the kids. The Hershey's powdered baking cocoa has a... Continue Reading →

Mrs. Beeton Mulled Wine ~1861

How to Mull Wine Do you mull wine?  Time to ramp up the recipes for dark winter nights. As a general rule, mulled wine isn't on the top of my list: A) probably because it's bordering on hypocraphal for good wine, and B) it's a lot of work if only one or two people are... Continue Reading →

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