Recipe: Earl Grey tea sorbet

We thought we’d share with you another recipe. This is particularly good on hot summer afternoons…

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We’re told that the secret to a good tea sorbet is the infusion. Recipes usually tell you to add boiling water but this recipes warns against this! It recommends soaking the tea in cold water overnight instead. This should give a good flavour and none of the bitter tannin. It also suggests experimenting with teas and various fruits as the tast combinations are a revelation!

Ingredients (to make approx. 1l or 4 cups)
3 tbsp Earl Grey tea-leaves*
625ml water
300ml Sugar Syrup
Juice of 1 lemon, strained

* If you use tea bags rather than leaves, use 4.

Tea tin from the collection at Tyntesfield © National Trust

Tea tin from the collection at Tyntesfield © National Trust

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Recipe: Curried milk

We recently came across an interesting book in our Second Hand Bookshop called Recipes from the Dairy. It is full of interesting recipes and historical details. We’re sharing a couple of these on the blog.

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This recipe is for a hot milky drink, considered to be both comforting and nourishing, according to the authors (Weir, Liddel & Brears). We’re not sure about this one, but if you try it, let us know what you think!

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Curried Milk

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Mother’s Day Bakes : the Victorian Way

Mother’s Day is traditionally celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent. We look at it as a day to say thanks to our Mums and treat them. It’s roots go back to the 16th century but we’d like to tell you a little about how the Victorian’s marked the day…

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Mothering Sunday was very important and a much valued date in the calendar. Especially if you were a servant working ‘below stairs’. On this day, servants were allowed to return home and visit their families. The fasting requirements of Lent were also relaxed a little so that you could indulge for a day and enjoy some tasty foods.

Did you know… in Shrewsbury girls were encouraged to bake their mothers a Simnel cake? Perhaps the kitchen maids at Attingham Park did this.

An Easter Tea

An Easter Tea

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Stir Up Sunday

This Sunday we’re going to be ever so busy in our Victorian Kitchen. Well, it is Stir Up Sunday!!!

Traditionally, this is the day you should all be preparing your Christmas baking. Or more specifically, stirring up your Christmas pudding mix and filling your kitchen with the festive smell of spices and dried citrus peel!

pomander in victorian kitchen at charlecote

Stir Up Sunday dates back to the Victorian times and always falls on the last Sunday before Advent. It is linked to a bible passage ; “Stir up; we beseech thee, O Lord.” Families would attend the church service on Sunday morning and then head home to start in their kitchen. Continue reading