Category Archives: food and drink

January 25, Burns Suppers Celebrated Worldwide: A Salute to the Scottish Poet, Robert Burns

  A Burns supper is a celebration of the life and poetry of the poet Robert Burns (25 January 1759 – 21 July 1796), the author of many Scots poems. The suppers are normally held on or near the poet’s birthday, 25 January, occasionally known … Continue reading

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Tidbits Regarding Some of Your Favorite Christmas Traditions

Below are some facts associated with Christmas, but are rarely mentioned in common conversation. Did you know… Sir Henry Cole was the first to send out a Christmas card. The year was 1843. Cole bemoaned the number of letters he … Continue reading

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Lancashire “Hotpot,” The Red Rose Country’s Regional Dish

Have you ever eaten Lancashire Hotpot? It is a casserole dish consisting of layers of meat (beef or lamb or lamb with lamb kidney), a root vegetable (carrot, turnip, leeks, etc.), and sliced potatoes. Then you put the lid on … Continue reading

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Admiral Croft’s Gout in Austen’s “Persuasion” and How to Cure It…

In Chapter 18 of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, Mary Musgrove writes to her sister Anne Elliot of their father’s tenants, the Crofts. “I have this moment heard that the Crofts are going to Bath almost immediately: they think the Admiral gouty.” … Continue reading

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Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Household Management, a Guest Post from Gianna Thomas

This post originally appeared on Austen Authors on October 30, 2017. Enjoy!  Bless Sharon Lathan. She did a series of blogs about servants of the 18th and 19th centuries and had a reference to Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Household Management. I’m … Continue reading

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Jane Austen’s Problematic Health, a Guest Post from Kyra Kramer

This post originally appeared on Austen Authors in December 2017. Predicting the due date of a pregnancy is a matter of guesswork, even in these modern times. Babies are notorious for following their own schedule rather than the convenience of … Continue reading

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Pies and Prejudice, A Victorian Baking Musical, a Guest Post from Elaine Owen

Elaine Owen featured this post on Austen Authors in November. I wished to share it with you here. Enjoy!  Could you ever have guessed that a Pride and Prejudice variation could be set in a modern day bakery, that it … Continue reading

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