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Victorian Food Recipes

Here at The Judge's Lodging we love Victorian food and cooking. Occasionally we even hold large Georgian & Victorian 5 course dinners, with around fifty dishes in each.  Don't get the Curator talking about Victorian jellies - she's made loads and collects moulds. We're going to give our old ice-cream maker a go some time too (we're afraid we usually cheat by using a freezer). So, we love it so much we thought we'd share some of our favourite recipes with you. All of these are ones we have made ourselves. You'll also find some more recipes in our learning resource The Great Victorian Picnic.

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Punch a la Romaine

Make a good lemon ice, as for dessert, (or take any left). To one quart of ice put the white of three eggs, well beaten, and rum and brandy till the ice liquefies. The proportions three parts rum to one of brandy, the strength to taste. To this put a cup of strong green tea and a little champagne.

Lemon water ice - Take the zest of six fresh lemons off on lumps of sugar. Scrape this off; add to it half a pint of lemon juice, and one pint of syrup. Strain and freeze.   Margaret Dods



Strange But True

  • list arrowHow did Victorians try out a new invention?

    Test it on the servants of course! That's what happened in 1860 at The Judge's Lodging, when gas lighting was put into the basement and not the Judge's rooms. They wanted to see if they got sick from the fumes. The servants were fine - that's why we got the lights working again.

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