Category Archives: Teatime

A Taste Of Childhood

So you’ve lost your job, the son and heir has just been expelled from school again, the car has been towed for obstructing the highway, the wife has found out where you actually go to every Wednesday afternoon and your … Continue reading

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Cup Or Fairy, Cake Is The Question!

Ah, the ubiquitous cupcake, captured here in a sixties magazine picture and displaying them in all their gaudy glory! But their initial appearance was, in fact, a good deal earlier. The first mention of the cupcake can be traced as … Continue reading

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Cookery Post Bag

Once again we have a Lillian Mattingly article, this time for a recipe request service. Back in the dim and distant thirties there was no internet to log onto for a recipe or advice and although it was always possible … Continue reading

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To Be Seen, Not Heard . . .

During the Victorian era, although the social conditions were fairly dire for the working classes, things were improving further up the ladder. Then came the first world war which, in spite of being one of the bloodiest and most costly … Continue reading

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Cooking For One

Returning once more to the archive, this is an article from April 1939 that shows how far emancipation had come since the turn of the century. The single, or bachelor, girl was no longer reliant on finding a husband in order … Continue reading

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The Culture Of Milk

  The importance of milk in human culture is attested to by the numerous expressions embedded in our languages, for example “the milk of human kindness”. In ancient Greek mythology, the goddess Hera spilled her breast milk after refusing to … Continue reading

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Victoria’s Sponge

Named for Queen Victoria it is well known that the Queen herself had no great fondness for sweet things. Never-the-less, because of its revered status in kitchen folklore the name is enough to set fear in the heart of many … Continue reading

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