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Where,’ asks Mr. Lucas pathetically, ‘where are certain simple delicacies of yesteryear? Where is the ancient nocturnal amenity, the devilled bone? – and indeed, where are the bones fit to devil?”

excerpt from ‘Good Things In England‘, Florence White, 1932

Though a thought from 1928, we ask similar questions almost a hundred years later!
Read on below for answers!

It’s so easy to get caught up in the busy-ness of every day.

This was the plight of the hus-wyf even before she was juggling a career and a family! And before a hus-band might ever be a hus-wyf, as some are today, juggling house and children management alongside their paid employment.

In our present day, we live, in so many ways, just as men and women have for hundreds of years, yet we have forgotten the foods they ate, that came direct from the farms and creatures who made them.

Their techniques are slipping into obsolescence even though we would do well to live by them!

What can we do?

My site is as much about reminding me to be mindful of the beauty and goodness in the world, as it is about what to do with all that goodness – in ways that it has been done through the centuries.

“Many of these good things have been contributed by cooks who love their job. ‘Will the book be printed?’ asks one, ‘It would be worthwhile saving up every penny to buy it!’ ” ‘Good Things In England’

Luckily, the book was printed. Yes, save your pennies and buy it, but in the meantime, subscribing to my emails, inspired by the book – is FREE.

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“A recipe for clotted cream comes from the girl who learnt to make it in the dairy of the Home Farm belonging to Knightshayes Court, near Tiverton”.

I’ll give you a wholesome, deliciously creamy non-cow’s dairy version of clotted cream (yes, possible!) while still revelling in the historic detail of the story of a Georgian dairy.

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