‘Mrs Beeton’ – the 19th century ‘Domestic Goddess’.

Did you know the 19th century ‘Mrs Beeton’ is largely regarded as the first ‘domestic goddess’- a title the delightful Nigella Lawson personifies for us today? ‘Mrs Beeton’, as she preferred to be called, (her matronly manor only served to endorse her relentless instruction) success was largely attributable to the fact her husband was a publisher, and she actually copied […]

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Mrs Beeton’s recipes

Entrée – Scallops in Shells Ingredients – 12 scallops with shells, a cupful of breadcrumbs, 50g butter, 1 cup white sauce (béchamel), cayenne, salt & pepper, a little chopped parsley and a squeeze of lemon Method – Cleanse 6 shells, butter them and strew in a few breadcrumbs. Put 3 scallops in each, season them with the cayenne and […]

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What did it mean to be a women in Europe from Medieval to Early Modern times?

The historian Catherine Macaulay stated in her History of England, ‘the invidious censures which may ensue from striking into a path of literature rarely trodden by my sex……will not keep me mute in the cause of liberty.’ This statement reflected the resentment well-educated, independent thinking women of Europe felt toward the perceived inferiority of the female sex […]

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The 16th century Reformation & the elevation of women

The Catholic Church’s long held beliefs were rocked by the many changes of the 16th Century Reformation. Puritans in the 17th Century sought continued reform and idealized the church be rebuilt in the purest form of the 1st century, as established by Christ himself. Puritan theology endorsed an intense individual spiritual connection to God, without the […]

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