Italian Easter Bread

Happy Easter! I hope you're having a relaxing weekend eating lots of chocolate and enjoying your Easter traditions: be it egg decorating, egg hunts, baking, or going to church. I'm spending my Saturday going to see Ready Player One with Lucy and her dad. On Sunday we're having lunch and a bit of a party … Continue reading Italian Easter Bread

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Basic Muffin Recipe – 3 Varieties

This week I've been feeling under the weather with aches and a cough. Lucy had a full-blown cold and we've been late getting home almost every night. Suffice it to say, I'm exhausted and spending most of Saturday on the sofa/sanitizing our plague pit of a flat. I made these muffins a couple of weeks … Continue reading Basic Muffin Recipe – 3 Varieties

Blackberry Pear Upside-Down Cake

Lucy's parents came over for a casual dinner last weekend and we opted for quick-and-easy pizzas, salad, and garlic bread. But, I never like to forego an opportunity to bake so I began my search for an autumn dessert on Pinterest. I was leaning towards something like tarte tatin or sticky toffee pudding, but I … Continue reading Blackberry Pear Upside-Down Cake

Reconstructing 18th Century Recipes

Something entirely new on the blog this week! I'm joining The Recipes Project for a digital conference all about the history of recipes called 'What is a Recipe?', which is running this month on various social media platforms. For the first time, I'm uniting my professional life as a historian of the social history of … Continue reading Reconstructing 18th Century Recipes

Buttermilk Cornbread (Johnnycake)

I had a serious craving for johnnycake (sweetened cornbread) the other day. After trolling through Pinterest looking for a good recipe, I kept returning to one from Allrecipes.com because it was so straight-forward. Usually I avoid recipes from this site because they tend to be a bit dull, but this one really is five stars! … Continue reading Buttermilk Cornbread (Johnnycake)