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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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To Make Caraway Brandy

Steep an ounce of caraway-seeds and six ounces of sugar in a quart of brandy for nine days, and clear it off; it is a good cordial. Eliza Smith


JL Note:  This is gooooooood!  We've had some sitting around with the seeds still in the bottle for several months and it is still wonderful - just remember to strain them out before drinking. Can be drunk neat but is a bit potent, so perhaps best with a mixer!



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