Category Archives: Food history

Cooking for John Craven and BBC Countryfile – historic WI recipes you may want to try today

Brains and pineapple recipe, anyone?! In September 16th 1915 the first ever Women’s Institute opened its doors in the Welsh village with the longest and most unpronounceable name in the British Isles, which challenge the WI neatly side-stepped by christening … Continue reading

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My Back in Time for DInner 1950s tribute recipe…Coronation Chicken

A classic Coronation chicken recipe reworked @backintimefordinner Continue reading

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Let Them Eat Cake…100 years of baking with the wonderful WI

This is the original text for a feature I’ve written to celebrate theĀ  Centenary of the WI for the February issue of WI Life magazine. It goes out to all members but I thought it might be interesting for non-WI … Continue reading

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I’m so glad I’m not a fifties housewife!

I’d like to apologise for the rather sparse nature of my blog posts over the last month or so. And I have to say this isn’t going to change much for the rest of the year. Rather like buses, books … Continue reading

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Mother’s day memories – a chocolate cake recipe speaks across three generations…

The joys of researching and writing the centenary cookbook for the WI are increasing in unexpected ways to those I had anticipated when I took the project on last year. With a month to go until I deliver the manuscript, … Continue reading

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