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A Soul Cake for All Hallows’ Eve

Posted on: 31/10/2013 with tags: All Hallows' Eve, An Appetite for Violets, food, Food Historian, Food History, halloween, historical fiction, history, Martine Bailey, Soul Cakes

It is the end of October, the fields are bare, the leaves have been blown from the trees, and the nights are growing longer. The darkness is coming. At this time of year we celebrate the end of summer and the cycle of death and rebirth. From as far back as anyone can remember, on one special night we gather together to share food and drink, play tricks and games. It is a time to connect with our ancestors, and honor the dead. In my home county of Cheshire this gathering has long had a unique nam…

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I Love Thee Like Pudding (in honour of Episode 7 of The Great British Bake Off)

Posted on: 01/10/2013 with tags: An Appetite for Violets, Biddy Leigh, food, Food History, georgian england, Martine Bailey, plum pudding, pudding, recipes, The Great British Bake Off

Nostalgia and puddings go together so perfectly – like hot pudding and custard you could say. The highlight of my school dinners had to be the steamed puddings – chocolate, syrup or a lovely pink one with jam and coconut. The Georgians also delighted in a huge variety of hot puddings. One surprise is that their famed roast beef and plum pudding were sometimes cooked and served together, the pudding absorbing the gravy from the roast, just as we might cook a Yorkshire pudding beneath a beef joint…

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