Category Archives: Food & Drink

International Pickle Week – May 14 – 25

So, it’s International pickle week! I’m all for this holiday! Pickles were not something I enjoyed as a child, but thanks to an amazing woman and her inviting Cafe in Eagle Rock, CA… I love pickles! The Cafe was just a few streets down from my college and I discovered it one day when it […]

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SHATW 2015 – Receipt Test – Salad ‘d Orange

Earlier we posted a Salade D’Orange receipt. So, I wanted to actually try it out at home. Things that happened during the trial: I couldn’t find a way to pick up any Madeira Wine, so I looked online for a substitute. It said to use Balsamic Vinegar, a teaspoon of honey, and four whole cloves […]

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Receipt – Scotch Shortbread

SCOTCH SHORT-BREAD. Take one pound of butter, twelve ounces of finely powdered loaf-sugar, two pounds of flour, four eggs, a few caraway seeds, candied peel to the taste, and the little white sugar plums called caraway comfits. Make the flour and butter hot before the fire. Rub the butter and sugar into the flour with […]

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Receipt: Stewed Cucumbers

Peterson’s Magazine 1865 Stewed Cucumbers – Pare and split in quarters four full-grown but young cucumbers, take out the seeds, and cut each part in two, sprinkle them with white pepper or Cayenne, flour and fry them lightly in a little butter, lift them as much good brown gravy as will nearly cover them, and […]

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Receipt: Plum Puddings

Peterson’s Magazine 1883 December* Plum Puddings. – Two pounds of raisins stoned and chopped a little, two pounds of currants, two pounds of suet, one pound of moist sugar, four or five large spoonfuls of flour, the yolks of eight eggs and the whites of five, two pounds of breadcrumb, a little lemon-peel, a little […]

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Receipt: To Cook Green Artichokes

Recently the Airship Ambassador himself, Kevin Stiel has been posting links to my Victorian Receipts on his twitter account. What a lovely thing for him to mention us!     Peterson’s Magazine 1865 To Cook Green Artichokes. – Take four good sized artichokes. Strip them from the outer leaves, cut off the stalks, and also […]

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Recommended Read – Pride & Prejudice Annotated

I highly recommend this version of Pride & Prejudice. Not only can you read the book on its own, just read LEFT pages straight through. However, if you want to learn a ton and a half about the Regency Era, this is a GREAT resource. Instead of just reading a research book about the period […]

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Chinese New Year Goodies

Chinatown in Honolulu rarely changes. Sure, they remodel the building facades and add in ‘old style’ street lamps, but the heart of Chinatown will always be the little stores and shops that fairly burst with wares. You know them when you see them, groceries with boxes and tables on the sidewalks, selling everything from fresh […]

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Chinatown Butcher

The strange and wonderful world of the butcher in Chinatown. The greasy drip of fat from duck and chicken. The crispy crunch of roast pork, cut to order. How many pounds? Crispy or fatty? Chicken with feet? Turkey tail? Charsiu whole or chopped? If you know the butcher, they may offer you a piece that […]

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Jenny Lind Cake Receipt

We’ve shared a Jenny Lind Pudding receipt before… Looking through Godey’s 1866 p. 276 in the first half of the year… Jenny Lind Cake 2 cups of flour 1 1/2 cup of milk 1 T sugar 1/2 t of soda 1 t cream tartar 1 egg salt This receipt is meant ONLY for historical information… […]

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