Historic Food

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    All our 2017 courses are now on sale. Download our Traditional rural trades and crafts brochure here, you can then book online or give us a call on 01243 811021. If you would like to receive a brochure through the post, or receive our courses e-newsletter, email [email protected] or call 01243 811021. Booking Navigate through... (more info)
  • Historic cheese makingFriday 2 June 2017
    10am-4pm The course We shall be making a number of different styles of cheese from skim milk cheese to cheddering, cottage cheese to ‘green cheese’. Looking in detail at a number of historical cheese recipes from the 16th, 17th 18th and 19th centuries. Expect to go home smelling faintly cheesy! This day follows on from... (more info)
  • 10am-4pm The course A hands on day spent in the Pendean Farmhouse focusing upon historic dairying techniques, tasks and ingredients. We shall be making a butter and a number of different style cheeses. Learn more about traditional recipes and time honoured techniques The tutor Cathy Guilder has degrees’ in History and Heritage with further studies... (more info)
  • Bayleaf farmstead Tudor family fareSunday 9 July 2017
    10am-4pm The course Advance your Tudor cooking skills with a day dedicated to the meals taken by the yeoman family in residence at the Bayleaf Farmstead at the museum. Using Winkhurst kitchen as a complete cooking space, experience cooking a three remove meal using period recipes. Firing the bread oven, making sallats and butter, put... (more info)
  • Hedgerow preservesSaturday 23 September 2017
    10am-4pm The course Learn traditional methods to make use of perishables from the hedgerow or garden, and how a housewife prepared for the winter. Using the museum’s Tudor Kitchen, the course will concentrate on the original recipes dating from the Tudor and Victorian era’s, together with an element of field identification of wild foods that... (more info)
  • Tudor brewing and bakingSunday 1 October 2017
    10am-4pm The course Learn how the weekly bake was integral to the brewing of beer. Participants will bake simple loaves using live barm from beer and will brew simple low alcohol ale which would have accompanied every Tudor meal and graced even the richest tables. They will use the copper kettle in the kitchen and... (more info)
  • Tudor bakehouse: pies and pastriesSunday 12 November 2017
    10am-4pm The course A selection of techniques and recipes from a Tudor bakehouse, from hand-raised standing pies to deep fried choux pastry bennets. The tutor Lesley Parker is a freelance historic interpreter, with a particular interest in domestic life and food in the past. She has previously worked and taught courses as a member of... (more info)
  • Tudor Christmas foodSaturday 9 December 2017
    10am-4pm The course Ditch the turkey, and have a go with something really traditional! A Tudor Christmas was a time of food, food and more food, when all the best things came out of the store cupboard to fuel twelve days of eating, drinking and making merry. We shall be cooking up a storm with... (more info)