Blogs filed under “Food history”

Saving Norfolk’s Knobs

Snigger. While my sense of humour can justifiably be labelled immature – after all my desk at work used to be known as innuendo corner – the plight of the Norfolk knob is no laughing matter. And it is by no means alone. Along with rusks, huffers, fourses cake, kitchels and I’m sure many other […]

Learning about Norfolk’s Red Gold

For a while now I’ve been wanting to do some research on the history of saffron growing in the region. It seems like an incredibly exotic, colourful and delicate ingredient to be grown in East Anglia so I was intrigued to find out more. And what better place to start than Saffron Walden – the […]

Norfolk Vinegar Cake: an unexpected delight

From time to time I’ve come across mentions of Norfolk vinegar cake, but have always thought, ‘that sounds odd’ and moved on, without giving it much thought or attention – it hardly sounds like an appetising combination.  My interest was finally piqued when Pete gave me a copy of A Slice of Britain: Around the […]

A trial (or should that be trail?) of mud and bacon

Given our weather over the last few months, it’s probably best to take advantage of any of the few nice days that deem to grace us with their presence – who knows when the next bright but fresh day will appear? It has, however, meant that on those rare occasions we deem satisfactory for a […]

The art of the Ploughman’s

Bread? Cheese?  Ham? Pickles? Check! On the face of it a Ploughman’s lunch is a very simple combination of staple foods. But done well, it can be not only incredibly tasty, but a fantastic way to make the most of great local produce. I’ve had some delicious Ploughman’s (and some terrible ones!), so I thought […]

Far from run-of-the-mill!

Tucked away off a quiet lane in the village of Stock, in between Chelmsford and Billericay is a bit of a treasure: a brick tower mill dating from around 1800, which has been restored to full working order. We came across it when we were doing some more general research about milling in the region, […]

A great ‘Discovery’: new season apples

Earlier this week I paid a visit to Lathcoat’s Fruit Farm (@lathcoatsfarm) on the outskirts of Chelmsford. They grow a wide range of fruit, but the focus is very much on apples, with over 40 varieties grown on site. We first visited last Autumn at the peak of the apple season, where despite a tough […]

How rabbits (or coneys) came to Thetford

I’ve been reading A History of English Food, a very interesting book by Clarissa Dickson Wright of Two fat Ladies fame, which I picked up in the lovely Browsers Bookshop in Woodbridge. The book goes right back to medieval times and through to the modern day, looking at the food that was eaten, where it […]

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