What is a recipe? What did people mean when they talked about a ‘handful’ or prayed while cooking? When was food a medicine? This event introduces you to the rhyme and reason of recipe collections from the 16th to 18th centuries, considering recipes as both science and art forms.
Come and discuss the flavour profiles of different ingredients and their associations with every-day life, medicinal uses, or special occasions. This event will also reflect on the sensory experience of working with herbs and spices, from the smell of fresh or dried ingredients and the process of grinding them. A short talk will be accompanied by a hands-on activity in which you can create take-home Tudor-inspired spice mixes.
Bring your questions about historical recipes – or even your own family recipe books to share!
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