Saturday, 2 February 2013

Weekend Cooking - Jane Austen Style

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This last week saw the 200th anniversary of the publication of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Over the course of the last few weeks I have spent some time reading about the Austen's and the period of history in which Jane was alive and thinking of it in contrast to a branch of my own family.

During the course of the research I came across the blog of the Jane Austen museum in Hampshire. One of the treasures on display at the Museum is the Matha Lloyd's Household book.

Martha was a close friend of Jane's and Martha's sister married Jane's older brother James.  Contained within the household book is a series of recipes, household advise and formulas. Also included is this lovely recipe in verse.

A Receipt for a Pudding in Rhyme from Martha Lloyd's Household Book ©Jane Austen's House Museum Blog
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You can read a full transcription of the recipe HERE

Weekend Cooking is hosted by BethFishReads


  1. What a delightful way to record a recipe. what was the connection to your family?

    1. I was thinking of the Esther Bellasis story and the similarity to Mrs Bennett as Mrs King worried about her 9 daughters marrying well.

  2. Happy Blogiversary!

    Regards, Grant

  3. that is really an inspiring recipe!

  4. Oh how fun. I love it. I wonder (like one of the commenters on the original site said) if I could write recipes this way.

  5. How interesting! It's taking food to an art form in another sort of way...

    Thanks for sharing!

  6. love that recipe. now i want some bread pudding. the best I ever ate/made started with a loaf of cranberry orange bread that my father had bought for me. often I will use cinnamon raisin bread.

  7. That's wonderful. I love all old pieces of history like this. Thanks for sharing that!

  8. How original. I love it.

  9. I love reading old recipes -- and this one is written in such beautiful handwriting. I was fortunate to have visited Jane's home in Hampshire once -- fascinating!

  10. Great idea to share this for Weekend Cooking!

  11. Lovely post. Have a good week.

  12. Anonymous5:59 am

    Now, after reading the transcription, I want to hurry up and make a bread pudding.


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