Friday, June 17, 2011

Dining with the Tudors

Friday, June 17, 2011
Loretta reports:

A tour of Hampton Court Palace took me through the Tudor-era kitchens.  The fire was on, but nothing was cooking.  There were bowls and utensils and some representations of food, but these only whetted my appe—curiosity.

So let's let the Supersizers give us the lowdown on Tudor food.


Arianne said...

I was a little disappointed in the Hampton Court Palace kitchens. I was hoping for some samples like they do in the Roman Baths in Bath. At least I got to try Jerome K Jerome's maze!

Arianne from A + B in the Sea

Cynthia said...

Susan & Loretta,

Have been to Hampton Court many times, tho' don't remember the kitchens. Always went to see the gardens.

BTW I just awarded you the Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award. You can see all the details, and join in the fun here:


Cynthia Haggard.

Isobel Carr said...

I love this kinda stuff. Delilah Marvelle and I are giving a workshop for the Beau Monde’s mini conference in NY about Georgian-era kitchens, chefs, and food (she’s going to talk and I’m going to serve period treats like rout cakes and lemon cheesecakes).

Rosi said...

Thanks so much for this link. I've never seen the show before and it is fantastic. I just spent the best hour I've spent all week, laughed a lot and learned a lot.

Margaret Porter said...

I've had much luck with Hampton Court visits. A few years ago the Tudor kitchens were populated by a crew of Tudor period cooking experts, appropriately costumed (although I do believe their codpieces (all were male) were exagerrated in size.
The next time, or the one after, we did a proper tour with a costumed female guide, on the topic "Hampton Court in the time of William III"--too perfect, as my Wm & Mary-era novel was in progress. Our impish guide was particularly gifted at telling the naughty stories. Yes, even boring Wm II could be naughty. In a rather dull fashion.
The restoration of the gardens and the post-fire restoration of the palace to (mostly) the late Stuart era was an inspired decision.

Susan said...

Oh wow, I'm hooked on that show now. It's late and I've watched Elizabethan and Regency. I think I'll do Rome and Medieval for breakfast...

Tillymint said...

They do Tudor cooking demonstrations at special times of year like in the school holidays and especially at Christmas. It's a really wonderful place to visit at that time of year because they have loads of festive events and the palace really comes to life.

An Historical Lady said...

Fabulous! We are huge fans of the hilarious Brit show, 'Come Dine With Me', and being history lovers, reenactors, and public speakers, will love this even more! I can't wait to show my husband, and hope we can get the whole series somehow.
Great post~

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