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Cookery Corner – Pies

In our Cookery Corner this month, we are diving into comforting pie dishes.  Whether sweet or savoury, there is nothing better than the smell of a freshly baked pie. In our Local English Fare post last month, we found a recipe for an eel pie. This month we will look at other savoury pie recipes as well as a few sweet treats too.  Finding recipes for pies was incredibly easy.  Simply by searching for +pie +ingredients we received thousands of results

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Cookery Corner – Local English Fare

During the month of September, The British Newspaper Archive is delving into stories of local history.  We have had the pleasure of a guest blog by local Exeter historian David Cronforth and another blog demonstrating how to use The Archive for local history, as well as a webinar about using newspapers for local history research.  To continue our theme, we are looking at local English culinary treats including the Yorkshire pudding, Staffordshire oatcake, Cornish pasty, eel pies of London’s East End and

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Cookery Corner – Summer Fruit

Blackberry time

With the end of summer rapidly approaching, you’ll want to make sure you eat up all your ripe fruit before their season ends. Blackberries Blackberry-based recipes make the perfect end-of-summer treats; some of the most prevalent blackberry-themed treats we’ve found numerous recipes for are blackberry-and-apple-based jams or jellies, blackberry fool, and blackberry shortcake.   The Linlithgowshire Gazette assures us that the efforts gone to in picking blackberries are well worth it. They also include recipes for blackberry jam, blackberry and

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Cookery Corner – International Cuisine

The Menu with The Bystander

  This month in the Cookery Corner, we are taking a looking at international dishes to continue our theme of Travel & Migration.  Diving into the newspapers, we uncovered recipes for Flemish Carbonnade de Boeuf, Spanish Paella Valenciana, and Canadian Maple Bread, as well as tips to cook the perfect rice and details about the fashionable war dinners in London. International dishes To launch our culinary world tour, I found an article in The Tatler with recipes from multiple countries: Italy, Spain,

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Cookery Corner – Barbecue

It is that time of year.  The sun is shining and we have been to the DIY store at least three times to buy new patio furniture or get new flowers.  The gardens are set and now we need to get the barbeque prepped and have friends over to enjoy the sun.  This month, in Cookery Corner, explore the British Newspaper Archive for some delicious recipes to have for your barbeque. Barbecue Parties We can see from the newspapers, outside

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Cookery Corner – Biscuits

In last week’s inaugural post for Cookery Corner, we looked at delicious cake recipes and found some that made our mouth water.  This month, we have toned it down a little and are taking a look at biscuits – our favourite cup of tea companion.  To begin our search, we identified a number of classic biscuits we wanted to find: ginger nut, shortbread, and digestive.  Along the way, a few other types popped up. Ginger Nut Initially, a search for

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Mothering Sunday

Whilst Mothering Sunday is now commonly combined and celebrated with the secular holiday of Mother’s Day in the United Kingdom and Ireland, its origin is religious in nature and separate from that of the American Mother’s Day. Starting in the 1700s, individuals would attend a special service on Laetare Sunday (the fourth Sunday of Lent) at their mother church (usually the church where an individual was baptised or their local parish church/closest cathedral). This activity was soon coined as going

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Cookery Corner – Cakes

This month we are introducing a new blog theme: Cookery Corner.  Whether you want sweet or savoury; an easy 30-minute meal or an extravagant four-course dinner, the British Newspaper Archive holds all your culinary desires. Each month we will dip into through the thousands of recipes found in the British and Irish newspapers while focusing on a specific topic. Sweet Cakes We thought the best way to start, of course, is with cakes! This month, we discovered numerous recipes for

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WW1 recipes found in copies of old newspapers

You can search more than 390,000 newspaper pages from 1914-1918 at The British Newspaper Archive, with more being added all the time. Juliet Greenwood got in touch to explain how she used the collection to research World War One recipes for her novel, We That Are Left.   **************   When I first began writing a novel set during the First World War, I knew I wanted to focus on the experience of women and civilians. For Elin, the heroine

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