), Colonel Rowland R. Hazard of electric railroad fame tells a story which gives the plum pudding a new dignity. Marsala is of Sicilian origin, and used in the dish veal marsala. Click here to sign up for this 3-week course. The best sweets are those penny sweets from the newsagents (in fact when I was a child you could get halfpenny ones!). In this article I will talk about the most important five rules that a lady who lived in England during the Regency Era was obliged to follow. It was a few days before Christmas, and just as the colonel was starting for the steamer, a Christmas package arrived for him. —The Folklore of World Holidays, Robert H. Griffen and Ann H. Shurgin editors, Second Edition [Gale:Detroit] 1998 (p. 679), Stirring the Christmas pudding. 300ml (½pt) double cream. – Household Words, A weekly journal, vol 2, 1882. Plum pudding is well known for the silver coins and small objects hidden within the pudding to be found by the eater. Port, madeira and sherry are heavy, "fortified" wines, that is to say,bolstered with brandy (or some other heavy liquor). Madeira is particularly noted as a dessert wine, but is often used as an apertif orafter dinner drink, while port is o… He did not return to New York for two year.s When he did get back, the package was brought down from the garret. We'll own up to our mistakes and will make the corrections with a polite smile on our faces.) (I talked about tea recently, you can find that HERE.) The Regency Court Gown: Regency Fashion, Men's hair styles at the turn of the 19th century, Ladies Underdrawers in Regency Times: Regency Underwear, The Vyne, The Chute Family & The Austens, by Tony Grant, The Contents of a Lady’s Reticule: Part 2, The Contents of a Lady’s Reticule: Part 1. All family members must take a hand in the stirring, and a special wooden spoon (in honor of Christ’s crib) is used. Having taken several Future Learn courses, I can attest that they are excellent. The banquet consisted of fruit and sweetmeats, and eventually all the sweet dishes moved over to the banquet ‘course’ – which eventually became ‘dessert’, from the French verb meaning to ‘un-serve’ or clear away. In the foreground are millefruit biscuits, sweetmeat biscuits, filbert biscuits and rolled wafers. Jan 5, 2021 - Explore Frances Ingalls's board "Regency" on Pinterest. Stir-Up Day is the name traditionally given to the day on which Christmas puddings are made in England. It’s still legal today, though you may have trouble finding it in the United States. Known sometimes as the Pudding King, George I requested that plum pudding be served as part of his royal feast when he celebrated his first Christmas in England after arriving from Hanover to take the throne in 1714. Several years ago, the colonel suddenly decided to run over to England to make a holiday call on relatives there. A smell like a washing-day! We plan to re-open again very soon so please check back regularly. That was the cloth. It proved to contain a plum pudding that his English friends had sent him. I leave you with this post about Plum Pudding as I celebrate the occasion with my favorite people in all the world – my family. Wrapped in paper, and stored in a dry place, puddings will keep good for several months, and only require to be boiled for an hour at the time of serving. High tea usually comes with white and brown bread, meats such as roast pork, fish like salmon, scones, an assortment of sweets such as cake pie, trifle, lemon-cheese tarts, sponge cake, walnut cake, chocolate roll, pound cake, curran t teacake, curd tart, macaroons, a variety of cheeses, jellies, as well as butter or clotted cream. More come out practically every day; it’s by far the most popular historical sub-genre. I have adored Jane Austen almost all of my life. Banned by the Puritans in the 1660s for its rich ingredients, the [plum] pudding and its customs came back into popularity during the reign of George I. He is inclined to think that good plum pudding, like the wheat found in the old Egyptian mummy cases, would keep all right for a thousand years. In the Victorian era, Christmas annuals, magazines, and cookbooks celebrated the sanctity of family as much as the sanctity of Jesus’ birth, and the tradition of all family members stirring the pudding was often referenced…Poorer families made the riches version of plum pudding that they could afford…Even workhouse inmates anticipated a plum pudding on Christmas Day.” – Food and Cooking in Victorian England: A History, Andrea Broomfield [Praeger:Westport CT] 2007 (p. 150-151). Pour the milk, almonds and sugar into a saucepan and heat slowly until just below boiling. DO Stand Straight and Walk Tall. About that time, parents started the tradition of throwing d ebutante balls. Source: The Customs and Ceremonies of Britain by Charles Knightly. Sign up to our Jane Austen newsletter and stay up to date with everything Austen and be the first to view the new arrivals in our online Gift Shop. That was the pudding!- Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol, A boiled Plum Pudding – Hannah Glasse (18th century recipe), TAKE a pound of suet cut in little pieces not too fine a pound of currants and a pound of raifins storied eight eggs half the whites half a nutmeg grated and a tea spoonful of beaten ginger a pound of flour a pint of milk beat the eggs first then half the milk beat them together and by degrees stir in the flour then the suet spice and fruit and as much milk as will mix it well together very thick Boil it five hours – Hannah Glasse, The Art of Cookery made plain and easy, p. 137, Rich Plum Pudding Recipe, Lady Godey’s Book, December 1860. From the desk of Katie Patchell: Captain Frederick Wentworth: bold, self-confident, and passionate. – Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol. Your comments and suggestions are most welcome. The Christmas Bride : A sweet, Regency-era story of forgiveness and redemption — and love. Happy Christmas Eve and Merry Christmas, everyone! The Christmas Bride : A sweet, Regency-era story of forgiveness and redemption — and love. If you would like to contact us regarding group bookings or further information please email contactus@janeausten.co.uk. At fifteen, I thought him boring, far preferring Mr. Darcy’s distant, sophisticated persona. Hello, my name is Vic and I live in Maryland, USA. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. The table was decorated with sugar-paste (pastillage) sculptures in forms such as cherubs and architectural shapes that recreated a garden or exotic locale in miniature. Jane Austen’s novel comes to life in Sanditon, a PBS miniseries set in the regency era just like Bridgerton. Just to refresh your memory a bit, during the regency era, there were three particular luxury drinks: tea, coffee and chocolate. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owners is strictly prohibited. By 1740, a recipe for ‘plum porridge’ appeared in Christmas Entertainments. Highclere Castle Floor Plan: The Real Downton Abbey, Regency Fashion: Men's Breeches, Pantaloons, and Trousers. Taking place during approximately 1795-1837 (also known as the Regency era of England, where King George was ousted from the throne and his son took his place…who would later be followed by Queen Victoria!) In real life, the high-society periodicals were even more sordid. In some instances, links will be removed from comments as well. In half a minute Mrs. Cratchit entered — flushed, but smiling proudly — with the pudding, like a speckled cannon-ball, so hard and firm, blazing in half of half-a-quartern of ignited brandy, and bedight with Christmas holly stuck into the top. I also found the ingredients of Eau de Cologne, popular from the 18th century on: rosemary, neroli, bergamot and lemon. The heaving Regency bosom, or was it? Puddings made with breadcrumbs are lighter than those made wholly of flour; and a mixture of the two makes the best pudding. London:Thames and Hudson, 1986, p. 211.” The Jane Austen Online Gift Shop Mailing List, All comments are moderated before being published. This pictorial article in eons explains the various steps in making a Christmas pudding. Gunter’s was originally a sweet shop called The Pot and Pineapple, so named because the Pineapple was a symbol of confectioners, something only the rich could afford. The following articles about plum pudding were published in 19th century periodicals and in a more recent blog: Colonel Hazard’s Plum Pudding (In which the Colonel proves that plum pudding has impressive staying power. The pudding will be of considerable size, but half the quantity of materials, used in the same proportion, will be equally good. Remember that it must not be made too thin, or the fruit will sink to the bottom, but be made to the consistence of good thick batter. Household Words, A weekly journal, vol 2, 1882. Stone carefully one pound of the best raisins, wash and pick one pound of currants, chop very small one pound of fresh 300ml (½pt) milk. A smell like an eating-house and a pastrycook’s next door to each other, with a laundress’s next door to that! Two wineglassfuls of brandy should be poured over the fruit and spice, mixed together in a basin, and allowed to stand three or four hours before the pudding is made, stirring them occasionally. Write us at. Vic Sanborn, founder of this blog, is supported by a team of talented and knowledgeable writers about Jane Austen and the Regency era. Topics include Regency fashion, historic foods, Jane Austen societies, British sites, related topics. This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me and my team. –  New York Commercial Advertiser – Good Housekeeping, Vol 5, Hearst Corp, 1887, The secret of making plum pudding light and digestible lies in properly preparing the suet, mincing the currants, and boiling a sufficient time. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Common objects were the silver coin for wealth, a tiny wishbone for good luck, a silver thimble for thrift, a ring for marriage or an anchor for safe harbor. © Jane Austen’s World blog, 2010-2021. Regretfully, due to SPAMMERS, we will no longer accept comments on posts that were published over 30 days ago. of sugar; 1 lemon; Nutmeg to taste; To every pint of port wine, allow 1 quart of boiling water, ¼ lb. Thank you for visiting this blog. The most fashionable dessert--ices--were presented in little serving cups known as tasses à glaces and came in a variety of flavors including: pistachio, barberry, and rye bread. Cut in small pieces two ounces each of preserved citron, orange, and lemon-peel, and add a quarter of an ounce of mixed spice; quarter of a pound of moist sugar should be put into a basin, with eight eggs, and well beaten together with a three-pronged fork; stir this with the pudding, and make it of a proper consistence with milk. Regency International HQ 50 Broadway, 3rd Floor New York, NY 10004 Phone: (800) 782-7810 Phone: (212) 947-7500 Fax: (212) 685-2062 E-mail: hq@regency-rib.com Office and Showroom hours are: Monday-Friday 9:00-5:00 EST Apple, clover, Lily of the Valley, mint, apricot, cinnamon, jasmine, sandalwood, sweet orange. Click on image. Madeira is named for an island of Portugal, and Malaga for anisland of Spain; malmsey is originally a Greek fortified wine, but its production hasmoved to Madeira. There’s one genre of historical romance that has it all: Regency Romance. Bridgerton, a new Netflix show, chronicles the aristocratic repercussions of an anonymous gossip column in Regency-era England. University of Southampton via Future Learn offers a course described as thus: “Discover the fascinating story of author Jane Austen, from her own life in Hampshire to what she means to a global audience today.”. The round biscuits on the plate in the middle printed with the feathers … Anne Gracie. They are: Click on their names to enter their own blogs. Posted in 18th Century England, 19th Century England, Georgian Life, jane austen, Jane Austen's World, Regency Christmas Traditions, Regency food, Regency Life, Regency World, tagged Christmas Plum Pudding, King George I, Plum Pudding, Regency desserts on December 24, 2010| Drinks of tea, coffee, lemonade, white wine claret, and red wine (sweet madeira wine was especially popular) were served. Click here to enter the page. Sometime during the Victorian Era (which came after the Regency Era) the term gradually began to apply to young ladies coming out. Though Col. Negus died in 1737, his namesake drink remained a popular fortifier on cold evenings. In addition, we thank the many experts and authors who frequently contribute their posts and opinions, and who continue to do so freely or at our request. Some facts laid bare. Patricia Valeria Bannister, (born November 21, 1923 in London, England; died November 18, 2009 in Bellevue, Washington, USA) was a writer of historical romance fiction from 1978 until 2002.She wrote under the names Patricia Veryan and Gwyneth Moore.. Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window), Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window), Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window), The Christmas Plum Pudding: An Old English Foodie Tradition. Awkward! Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. If you would like to share a new site, or point out an error, please email us. He had no time to examine it then, and left orders to have it kept for him. Due to the latest government restrictions, The Jane Austen Centre in Bath is temporarily closed. - Kindle edition by Gracie, Anne. Okay, that last one, I’ll change to orange blossom lest she smell like an orange julius. However, we do accept and keep books and CDs to review. Posted in Book Reviews, Regency Era, Sweet Regency Romance by Katie Patchell. The pudding was out of the copper. To embrace the Regency period (from 1811 to 1820) and the Bridgerton aesthetic, ... You'll find a stunning arrangement of sweet pink lilies, lisianthus and avalanche roses. There once was a woman who organized Regency Era events in Edmonton, featuring period-appropriate music, clothing, dancing, and food. 'Bridgerton' is Netflix's super sumptuous, incredibly horny gift to anyone who loves ball gowns, sexy nobles, and a Regency era scandal. Romance Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com. Image@LIFE magazine, In past times the words “stir up”…reminded people to begin preparing their Christmas puddings…Children chanted a rhymed verse on that day that mixed the words of the collect with requests for special Christmas fare…Thus, the preparation of the Christmas pudding eventually became associated with this day. Stir-Up Sunday, the last Sunday before Advent, is considered the final day on which one can make the Christmas fruit cakes and puddings that require time to be aged before being served. Recipe: Wine ¼ lb. Our team makes no profit off this blog. Snuff was legal to use in Regency-era England, though it was a luxury few could actually afford. They featured on all Quality Street boxes and tins until 2000. 1-2tbsp caster sugar. It preceded the Victorian Era in Great Britain. Gentle readers: Please feel free to post your comments and continue the conversation! See more ideas about regency fashion, regency dress, regency era fashion. Plum puddings may be made some time before Christmas, and, having been boiled, the cloth must be opened out, but not taken off the pudding, and dried. Officially it occupies only the narrow slot between 1811 and 1820, when King George IV was Prince Regent. Regency cups were filled with punch, negus (wine mixed with hot water, lemon and nougat); orgeat (made with a sweet syrup of orange and almonds); or ratafia (a sweet cordial flavored with fruit or almonds). Find a book  description and order information on Rachel Dodge’s website. Foam bananas and shrimps, sherbet flying saucers and white chocolate mice. Some Regency period biscuits. During the Regency, one may or may not have a ball for a young lady new to society. One of the fashionable places to visit in Regency England was Gunter’s Tea Shop in Berkley Square. Another custom encouraged stirrers to move the spoon in clockwise motion, close their eyes, and make a wish.” – Encyclopedia of Christmas and New Year’s Celebrations, Tanya Gulevich, 2nd edition [Omnigraphics:Detroit] 2003 (p. 741), Cook making Christmas pudding, Cruikshank, Hallo! Folk beliefs advised each member to take a turn stirring the pudding, and ace that was believed to confer good luck. They were in high demand, but expensive to acquire and, in the case of chocolate, difficult to make. The stirring must be in a clockwise direction, with eyes shut, while making a secret wish. There are, at a conservative estimate, approximately 85 million regency books at any given period. May this season be a truly special one for you. We may receive books (physical or digitized) and CDs for review. We are eating in Enland during the Regency period today, which will be nice for a change. Click on this link to watch the 4:44 minute video. A great deal of steam! Stone carefully one pound of the best raisins, wash and pick one pound of currants, chop very small one pound of fresh beef suet, blanch and chop small or pound two ounces of sweet almonds and one ounce of bitter ones; mix the whole well together, with one pound of sifted flour, and the same weight of crumb of bread soaked in milk, then squeezed dry and stirred with a spoon until reduced to a mash, before it is mixed with the flour. Quality Street chocolates were, therefore, packaged in brightly coloured tins featuring two characters wearing Regency era dress, known affectionately as Miss Sweetly and Major Quality, inspired by the principal characters from J.M. Put the gelatine in a bowl and cover with cold water; leave for 4-5 minutes. During the early Regency Era it was practically expected, along with White Soup at balls. It was as hard as a rock, but Colonel Hazard ordered it to be cooked, and he declares he never tasted a more perfect plum pudding in his life. These items have migrated from plum pudding to bridal shower cakes, oddly enough…- Gram’s Recipe Box, Plum Pudding. In this podcast series First Impressions (59 episodes so far), hosts Kristin and Maggie hilariously discuss the brilliance of Jane Austen and how her novels give us unparalleled insight into our own lives and characters. Click on this link. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Jane Austen’s World with appropriate and specific direction to the original content. It must be tied in a cloth, and will take five hours of constant boiling. When done, turn it out on a dish, sift loaf-sugar over the top, and serve it with wine-sauce in a boat, and some poured round the pudding. (Yes, we are fallible. A drop of natural almond extract. 1tsp natural rosewater. I used to let my kids have 20 pence worth after school on a Friday. Kristin and Maggie are here to give a big [lady] finger to any haters who say otherwise! 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