What better way to learn about history than to eat it?
One thing I’ve learned writing historical romance is that the time period chosen often becomes a character itself. The language, the dress, the society and its strictures, the lack of what we think of as can’t-do-withouts (indoor plumbing, anybody?). It all plays a huge roll in making the story believable, even if it is fictional. So much of what makes us glad we live in a modern world also makes the Georgian and Regency time periods a fun place to “visit” and write about.
One of the most fun parts of writing historical fiction is the research. There was so much advancement in science, technology, medicine, law and social reform during that time, you can truly pick any topic off the top of your head and find a way it was relevant in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
In my ongoing
procrastination quest for research, I happened to stumble onto Historical Food Fortnightly. It had the words “historical” and “food” in the title, so naturally I was intrigued.
The blog has a list of food challenges for the historically inclined and not the faint of heart. They are also spaced two weeks apart, hence the name Historical Food Fortnightly. You can pick any time period up to 1960 and any recipe you like. The only caveat is that you need to research your recipe and provide a source for it, then document the process, recreating the recipe as close to the original as possible. Obviously, concessions are made for modern equipment and ingredients.
What does all this mean? This means that I will be participating in a variety of challenges recreating historical foods. Since I write Georgian and Regency, those are the time periods I will be focussing on.
After all, what better way to learn about history, than to eat it? 😉