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Propagating Wild Yeast for Reenactments


Today, if you asked 50 people about how to start a wild yeast culture for making sourdough bread, it’s likely you’ll get 100 different answers, but in reality, all it takes is a little bit of flour, some water and…

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September 29, 2017


Akara Recipe


Akara is a simple, easy to make snack that was frequently made in the 18th and early 19th centuries. Dried Black-eyed Peas Onions Parsley flour Boiling water Lard First, pulverize the dried black-eyed peas into very small pieces. Add to…

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A Fanciful Yet Easy Asparagus Soup


This delicious Asparagus Soup recipe from Elizabeth Cleland’s A new and easy methods of cookery (1755). Many of this recipe's techniques, including roux, food coloring, bone broth, and court-bouillon (the ingredients boiled in the soup that are removed before eating)…

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September 28, 2017


Rye and Indian Bread


This is called Rye and Indian bread, because it’s made of part rye flour and part Indian meal or sometimes we call it cornmeal. You can use just those two grains to make the flour, or you can add wheat…

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Simple Boiled Plum Pudding


Many people hear the word pudding today and they think about some little custardy stuff in a cup or something you buy at the grocery store in a box and mix it up with some milk. Pudding has a much…

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An Onion Soup Recipe from 1801


This recipe for onion soup is out of John Mollard’s 1801 cookbook, “The Art of Cooking Made Easy and Refined”. 4 oz. Butter 4 tbsps. Flour 8 midsized Onions of choice Salt 3 qts. Beef Stock 4 Egg Yolks 1…

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A White Pot Recipe


A White Pot with Raisins and Dates Serves 1 - 6 (depending on how polite you are) The name “White Pot” originates from the Devon region of England. But this sweet, buttery custard bread pudding, layered with sweetmeats (dried fruits)…

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Master Wood Turner Erv Tschanz


In this special video, master wood turner Erv Tschanz shares his passion for the craft. Erv is one of several skilled artisans that sells handcrafted items through Jas. Townsend & Son. The treenware cherry wood plate being made in this…

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September 13, 2017


Weaver/Trapper Interview: Experiencing History Through Reenacting


We've been busy interviewing fellow reenactors for the purpose of inspiring and encouraging viewers who are interested in getting involved in historical reenacting but don't know how to begin. Today we interview Tony Baker, a weaver by trade, who has…

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Starting a Living History Group from Scratch


It took an idea and a group of friends, and it went from there. Albert Roberts tells the story of how the innovative historical interpretive group "The HMS Acasta" was born. http://ift.tt/2wQkO31 More great information! ***************************** Our Retail Website -…

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Still Life with Ham

MAGINI, Carlo  (b. 1720, Fano, d. 1806, Fano)

Still life paintings are always interesting and this one has a number of curious things in it.  The copper pan is showing the tin lining and the crumpled paper “cork” and paper covering for the other bottle, also the interesting paper cartridge object on the lower left (hmmm I wonder what is in there?).  Detail:  brass candle stick, paper cartridge, copper fry pan, stoneware jug, onion, mallet bottle,  jar, meat, ham, fruit,  betty lamp

Happy Baby with Mother 1728

Willem van Mieris (3 June 1662, Leiden – 26 January 1747, Leiden)

A beautiful domestic scene, the cherubic faced child is a great touch.  A lot of great detail: bird cage, colander, baskets, onion bottle, stoneware bottle, knife, plate, bread, foot warmers, brazier, shoes, dog, doll, chair, crib, table, plate rack, plates

Young Woman in Kitchen

Andrea Commodi (1560–1648)

OK, I am a sucker for kitchen scene and what do we have here?  What is she pouring out of the mortar,?   What is she pouring it into – is it a cup or a weird funnel?    Details: sausages, meat, copper colander, eggs, basket,  pottery, pie pan, mortar and pestle, garlic?

Cook with the Smoking Fireplace

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Joachim Beuckelaer (1533–1574)

The main thing I thought was interesting / funny was the smoke coming out of the fireplace in the background.  We recently built an 18th century kitchen set for doing videos and we had quite a bit of trouble getting a good draw out of the chimney, apparently we weren’t the only ones.  Detail: meat, chicken, chair, drinking jug, basket, plate, fireplace, smoke.

A Lady at the Hearth by Pehr Hilleström

Pehr Hilleström (18 November 1732 – 13 August 1816)

I thought this picture would be a great one with which to get started.   Pehr Hilleström painted in the late 18th century Sweden, by the looks of her outfit this might be 1790’s or so.  It has any number of great details to study: a raised hearth,  various cooking vessels,  the mortar and pestle,  the storage jars, coffee grinder, the colander, trivet, spoon, bowl, unlined brass pot, and broom.  Who is this lady?

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