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Thursday, December 18

Twelve Gifts of Christmas

Inquiring readers, During this month of holiday celebrations, Laurel Ann and I will be offering the Twelve Gifts of Christmas. Some of the gifts will be giveaways, others will be free offerings online, and still others will be great gift ideas for you to give to others. Every gift will have a special relationship to this blog, us, or Jane Austen. Today we are happy to present recipes that Jane might have made.

Gift Nine: Old Timey Recipes to Make Your Holiday Special

Foods from the Yellow Admiral includes recipes for Syllabub and Ratafia Biscuits. They will take time to make, but they would add to an authentic Jane Austen Christmas.

Cooking With Jane Austen: This partial Google book describes the foods popular during Jane's time and includes a number of recipes. Better yet, you can order your own copy at this link. Here's the recipe for-
Broiled Mutton Chops:
6 lamb loin chops, 2 T water, 2 T butter, 1 shallot thinly sliced, 1 T mushroom ketchup, 1/2 tsp salt. Heat the broiler or barbecue grill. Grill or broil the lamb chops on each side until the desired degree of doneness. Meanwhile, heat the water, shallot, mushroom ketchup, and salt together in a small pan. Serve the sauce in a small dish alongside the chops.

If you live in Lichfield, the library will host a Jane Austen's Christmas on December 19th where guests will be able to hear a recipe of Jane's own seasonal puddings. Yum.

Posted Laurel Ann (Austenprose) and Vic (Jane Austen's World)


JaneGS said...

I may have to get this cookbook just to get the recipe for mushroom ketchup. It's a bit disconcerting to see a word like ketchup in book about Regency era food :)

nigel said...

I would so love to have a Jane Austen party. Dress up, music recital, dancing afterwards and here is a cookbook to include the feasting too!

Actually I might pass on the dress up. But the rest is all good.

Vic said...

Jane: Seen on the Blogosphere is this quote from Silent Bob: "The first ketchup recipe was printed in 1727 in Elizabeth Smith's The Compleat Housewife, and called for anchovies, shallots, vinegar, white wine, sweet spices (cloves, ginger, mace, nutmeg), pepper, and lemon peel."

Nigel: Yeah, I would love to party a la Jane Austen, but will leave the dressing up to others!

Janeen said...

ha ha Obviously ketcup wasn't tomatoes back then. Their version sounds like of tasty with all those spices.