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Feast of the Centuries

Cooking throughout the Ages

Last Build Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2018 03:21:46 +0000


Discussion: Cookbooks and Where to StartPlaying-with-fire-graphic-e1499184778458mercyasakuragm_00278701

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 03:00:25 +0000

I’d like to welcome a new guest writer for the blog, Johnnae llyn Lewis. She is a very knowledgeable food historian and writer. I’ve asked her to reprint several of her articles in order to get her work more out … Continue reading

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Mon, 02 Apr 2018 10:29:30 +0000

This is one of those cuisines that is a real challenge to research before the 18th century: Jewish food.  It’s been a bit of a struggle for me to find what little I have over the years.  As I network … Continue reading

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Hannah Glasse and her 310th birthday via Google Doodlehannah-glasses-310th-birthday-5894265455509504-2xmercyasakurahannah-glasses-310th-birthday-5894265455509504-2x

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 00:18:56 +0000

Google Doodle today features a prominent culinary figure in the 18th century, attributed to writing the first modern cookbook in English. Hannah Glasse was the author of “The Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy,” which was published in 1747. … Continue reading

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Soda Breadirish-soda-bread-vertical-a-1800mercyasakuraoatmeal-soda-bread-horiz-a-1200irish-soda-bread-vertical-a-1800

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 04:11:21 +0000

Soda bread. What is it? It’s a type of quick bread that us es a base of 4 ingredients: flour, baking soda, salt, and buttermilk (or a soured milk). The lactic acid from the buttermilk reacts with the baking soda … Continue reading

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Mrs Beeton for the Fall: Soup is on again!mercyasakura photo aea3d68f-5097-4044-bef6-80f02419f113_zpsl4i6qvbb.png

Fri, 02 Oct 2015 22:27:58 +0000

Finding inexpensive items to cook for large amounts of people can be a bit challenging. Seasonality is key to making truly delicious dishes for your family and friends. This recipe hails from Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management, which was … Continue reading

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Mrs Beeton for the Fall: Soup is on!mercyasakura photo appleharvestvintageimagegraphicsfairy10_zps3asds0ly.jpg

Tue, 15 Sep 2015 22:14:35 +0000

Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management was a guide to all aspects of running a household in Victorian Britain, edited by Isabella Beeton and published 1861.  She had all manner of advise on how to run a household, but I … Continue reading

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Take a Culinary Adventuremercyasakura photo roller-coaster_zpszplz0yxp.jpg

Wed, 02 Sep 2015 21:49:20 +0000

Many of my friends have food preferences, which is fine. Some people have some major allergies to different types of foods. I totally understand. Those with medical issues please don’t feel bad in not being able to cook these items … Continue reading

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DO drink the Water: Water Consumption in Medieval Europemercyasakura

Sun, 02 Aug 2015 20:20:57 +0000

Food Fallacies: Medieval people drinking Ale or Wine only because the water available was not safe. When dealing with Medieval food and food history, there are numerous fallacies out there on a variety of topics. One of the more annoying … Continue reading

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Pickling with Mrs Beetonmercyasakura photo Cucumber-Boston-Pickling_zpsvrualcxi.jpg

Thu, 02 Jul 2015 22:48:15 +0000

Have a lot of cucumbers that you don’t have any idea what to do with? There is a fermentation revolution washing over the culinary world, with its kimchis, sauerkrauts, and the like.  Fermentation, or the act of preserving foods, has … Continue reading

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Carrots and Leeks with Sesame Pastemercyasakura photo Kripalu_Carrots_zpsyy43r8yq.jpg

Mon, 15 Jun 2015 17:37:07 +0000

This is a nice veggie side dish for the summer months that has a cole slaw type flavor. The tahini gives it a nice nutty flavor, and the carrots have a real natural sweetness that makes this a great dish … Continue reading

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