Category Archives: Recipes/Food

Autumn, Pumpkin Spice, and a little JAFF story

Autumn, Pumpkin Spice, and a little JAFF story

Sometimes it’s hard to come up with an interesting topic for my posts that’s not been done a dozen times before. People tell me it’s okay to add my own spin on things, but I confess I do like to be different. This month, I wanted to tie into the season we are coming into… more goodness …

The Old Cookbook Experiment, Part 1

The Old Cookbook Experiment, Part 1

So if you read my post last month, I was talking about checking out some old cookbooks and saying that I planned to give some of the less alarming recipes a try (no sheep’s heads or calves’ feet, thank you!). I started with this recipe from Margaret Dods’ The Cook and Housewife’s Manual (1826)  and… more goodness …

The Mistress of the House, OR: What Lizzy Did At Pemberley

The Mistress of the House, OR: What Lizzy Did At Pemberley

What Elizabeth Bennet’s life would have been like once she became Mrs. Darcy of Pemberley is the subject of a good many Austen variations out there, and it’s been something I’ve been considering recently as I work on Anne de Bourgh’s Diary, a story which commences on the day of Elizabeth and Darcy’s wedding. Though… more goodness …

Tea and the Tea Caddy

Tea and the Tea Caddy

Despite growing up in the UK, I don’t actually like tea very much. I’ll drink it to be polite (with lots of milk and a couple of spoons of sugar) when the only alternative is coffee, which I despise even more, but give me a hot chocolate or a glass of juice or iced water any day. Still,… more goodness …

Easy, Traditional Recipes: Wassail and Gingerbread

Easy, Traditional Recipes: Wassail and Gingerbread

My family has a tradition of drinking wassail around Christmastime. I love the custom because it’s so easy to throw together a big pot of wassail, and it makes the house smell wonderful. My youngest affectionately refers to it as “weasel”, so if he tells you we’re drinking weasel over here, you’ll know what he’s talking… more goodness …

Christmas in Jane Austen’s Time

Christmas in Jane Austen’s Time

Christmas is very much upon us and with it a vast amount of different customs and traditions across households, counties and countries. However, what was Christmas like in the Regency, and how different was it from today’s festivities? Nancy Lawrence recently told us about Washington Irving and his experiences in 1815 England, but Jane Austen… more goodness …

Writing Historical Fiction; the Do’s and Don’ts

Writing Historical Fiction; the Do’s and Don’ts

I have any number of very talented writer friends who tell me that writing historical fiction is far too terrifying even to contemplate. That they just know they’d get something crucial wrong and be torn to shreds by a baying pack of vicious reviewer hounds. The Review Hounds are a terrifying prospect indeed (though one… more goodness …

Pride and Prejudice 1995 Trivia Challenge

Pride and Prejudice 1995 Trivia Challenge

After last month’s “goofs” blog, a few of the comments reminded me of some trivia factoids about Pride and Prejudice, such as the footage from the Netherfield Ball that had to be scrapped because there was a hair in the lens of one of the cameras. I started thinking about how much I’ve enjoyed the… more goodness …