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Hello Aileen and Gail,
The parcel arrived safely in Horncastle this a m. I'm very charmed by all the little items you sent! Thank you so much. I've put a hand tatted runner under the Stilton and small pieces of cheese/fruit/onions in the silver trough. Your little plates with the biscuits and butter curls look very in keeping. I had a tiny pewter jug for the celery. The little roots on the spring onions are a delightful detail - and the little holes in the biscuits. I love the weight of the telephone - a lovely item - and the little kettle just makes me smile. All the cheese is wonderfully realistic. The store cupboard items remind me of childhood. Thank you. Kind regards,
Thank you very much for sending me the missing item. It is lovely! Although I said you didn't have to give me back my money for the wrong item, also thanks! When we see eachother again, I will certainly buy more items from you. With kind regards,
I've just ordered them - Thanks so much
My friend Sara was thrilled to bits with her which arrived beautifully packaged with a lovely Happy Birthday message. The attention to detail is fantastic, and it looks great in her amazing Tudor dolls house! Many thanks, great work!
Dolls House and Miniature Food
We have started in the 17th Century, as before that, although there were cookery writings and recipes in books dating from the 13th Century, they were either transcripts of Royal Feasts or dishes from the Royal Kitchens, written more as propaganda for the wealth of the monarch or personage and certainly outside the reach of the average person.
The other main source of information is the household books written by the educated housewives, who wrote down her own and friend’s recipes for use in her own kitchen. These were kept within the family and it is only in the last 20 years or so that they have come to light and been published to reach a wider audience, shedding much welcome light on what was actually eaten by the up and coming middle class.
Right up till the middle of the 19th Century all cookery books were written and published for the more affluent, it was Alexis Soyer in 1854 who wrote the first cookbook for the working class, even then, at the cost of one shilling (now 5p) it was beyond the reach of most. The middle of the 17th Century saw the first cookery book published with the glimmerings of the format used in our modern books and it progressed from there, so that’ s we have begun.