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The Evolution Of Pie . . .

Sing a song of sixpence, a pocket full of Rye, Four and twenty blackbirds, baked in a pie, When the pie was opened, the birds began to sing, Wasn’t that a dainty dish to set before a King? During my … Continue reading

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Our Daily Bread

The Religion of Bread The ability to sow and reap cereals is one of the chief abilities that allowed man to dwell in communities. The discovery of wheat as a self-replicating crop that could be harvested on a regular basis … Continue reading

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The Politics of Bread . . .

Bread And The Masses In Egypt, around 1000 BC, inquiring minds isolated yeast and were able to introduce the culture directly to their breads. A new strain of wheat was also developed that allowed for refined white bread. It is … Continue reading

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The Evolution Of Bread . . .

Bread is probably the most recognisable food-stuff known to man. It is one of the oldest prepared foods in so many countries around the globe. It is a staple food in Europe, European-derived cultures such as the Americas, the Middle East … Continue reading

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The Evolution Of The Domestic Cooker

For the cook of today in a modern kitchen, with a well regulated oven and good ventilation, doors and windows can be opened without fear of draughts interfering with the temperature. But this is, as far as the history of cooking … Continue reading

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Apricot Upside-down Cake

An old favourite drawn from the archives. This one is from the early 1960’s though the tradition of baked fruit & sponge goes back to the mid nineteenth century. Naturally the recipe states fresh apricots because they would hold a better ‘shape’ … Continue reading

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The Evolution Of Cake

Where Puddings evolved from the boiling of ingredients in a skin or wrapping, Breads and Cakes evolved from the application of dry heat or baking.  Cakes began life in ancient Egypt as round, flat, unleavened breads that were cooked on a … Continue reading

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