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To eat or not to eat…

First published Feb 2015 Like many of us, my relationship with food has fluctuated over my lifetime. After a struggle with breastfeeding I was, so I am reliably informed, fed with carnation milk. My toddler self was extremely fussy but this thankfully morphed in to a constant hunger and willingness to eat anything once. Growing … Continue reading To eat or not to eat…

Leek, broad bean and dill soup

First published September 2015 in York Food Festival magazine One of the things that I love about autumn and winter are the endless opportunities for nourishing, warming soup. Dried pulses, root vegetables and alliums are readily available and seem to exist purely for this ages old form of cookery. It is the cooking pots of … Continue reading Leek, broad bean and dill soup

An apple dish fit for a king

I love finding ancient recipes and trying to cook them at home. Living in York certainly means that I can find plenty of historic inspiration right on my doorstep. As a small nod to local royal celebrity Richard III - and in celebration of Bramley Apple week - I thought I would share one of … Continue reading An apple dish fit for a king

Medieval Spiced Gingerbread

First published Nov 2015 on The History Girls Gingerbread was one of my first introductions to the medieval era. Early gingerbread delicacies were made from breadcrumbs (hence the name), honey and some spices, though not necessarily ginger. The ingredients would be boiled and then poured/pressed into elaborate moulds dusted with even more spices. These moulds … Continue reading Medieval Spiced Gingerbread