Tag: Historical Recipe


Historical Recipe Project: Raspberry Shrub
26 Sep 2017

Historical Recipe Project: Raspberry Shrub

As part of our historical recipe project, our Assistant Manager of Communications Caitlin Coleman brought in raspberry shrub, a fruit and vinegar syrup that is used to make refreshing beverages! Since we were sampling this recipe before a long weekend, we decided to try our hand at cocktails, and used the raspberry shrub to make some simple gin mixed drinks. In the days before refrigeration, a vinegar based...

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Historical Recipe Project: Dolly Varden Cake
04 May 2017

Historical Recipe Project: Dolly Varden Cake

As part of our historical recipe project, our Assistant Manager of Communications Caitlin Coleman brought in Dolly Varden cake! This cake is named after a Charles Dickens character who became a popular craze in the mid nineteenth century   Dolly Varden is a Charles Dickens character from his historical novel, Barnaby Rudge, which was set during eighteenth century anti-Catholic riots in London. The novel was never one of Dickens’...

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Macaroni pudding made  by Alexis Dunlop from a historical recipe
28 Apr 2017

Historical Recipe Project: Sweet Macaroni Pudding

As part of our historical recipe project, our Lab Manager Alexis Dunlop brought in sweet macaroni pudding! The transition of pasta from a sweet to uniquely savoury ingredient provides a fascinating insight into how our tastes and expectations have changed over time.   In Anne Yentsch’s article Applying Concepts from Historical Archaeology to New England’s Nineteenth-Century Cookbooks, she notes a marked drop off post 1870 in the...

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Historical Recipe Project: Scottish (Canadian) Oatcakes
19 Apr 2017

Historical Recipe Project: Scottish (Canadian) Oatcakes

As part of our new historical recipe project, our Managing Partner Rob MacDonald brought in his signature Scottish Oatcakes! He has a personal connection to these delicious treats, and he also delved into the fascinating history of the oatcake below. Oats (Avena sativa), a cereal grain which was domesticated in the Fertile Crescent area of the Near East, spread throughout Europe during the Bronze Age. Unique amongst grains, oats...

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