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Eating Through Time Part 1 The Tudors

Eating Through Time Part 1 The Tudors

Consuming Via Time: Component 1 - The Tudors

As a self-professed ‘food lover’ with a crave historical knowledge, the development of our table has constantly interested me.

Throughout this collection of blogs, I will be delving into the very best as well as worst of our cooking past, looking for historical dishes, as well as the consuming habits of time gone by; from the gorging banquet halls of Henry VIII to the famine of the French Revolution.

Include me as I take you on an edible trip via time, discovering the personalizeds as well as customs of the day.

The Tudor Duration

We are beginning our Time Collection with the Tudor period; or especially the power of Henry VIII.


We are all aware of maybe the most famous monarch in background. His regime saw England break away from Rome, the formation of Parliament, the structures for our modern-day Royal Mail and naturally, his six wives.

But what took place to the English palette in the 36 years Henry VIII ruled?

When Henry succeeded his sibling to the throne in 1509, he acquired a nation joined behind the monarchy, stable financial resources, and his sibling’s spouse.

Fruit was a constant function on a Tudor table, with options varying from those that can be grown in England such as apples, pears, cherries, plums, and strawberries to those that were imported from Spain after the arrival of Queen Katherine of Aragon.

The pomegranate became the sign of her residence, as well as she was instrumental in the popularity of oranges at court. Records show that Henry specifically enjoyed oranges; having them conveniently available to consume fresh as well as maintained as marmalade.

Orchards were grown at Hampton Court by Cardinal Wolsey for the intake of the King.

English food might not have actually appealed to the brand-new Spanish queen, who would certainly have been made use of to Mediterranean preferences as well as cuisine, greatly affected by the Moorish area and their use of unique seasonings and also fresh vegetables.

On my look for recipes from this time around, I have discovered this set from 15th Century Andalusia; the independent area of southerly Spain near to Katherine’s native Granada.

Dish for Thumlyya, A Garlicky Recipe

A 15th Century Andalusian Recipe

Taken from ‘How to Milk An Almond, Stuff An Egg And Armour A Turnip: A Thousand Years Of Recipes’

by David Friedman as well as Elizabeth Chef


5 oz garlic 1 t ginger

1 hen 1/4 t cloves

6 T oil 15 thread saffron

1/2 t salt 1/2 c whole almonds

1/2 t pepper? c crushed almond

1 t cinnamon 1/4 c murri

2 t lavender -1 c flour - water

’ Take a plump chicken as well as obtain what is inside it, clean that and leave apart. Then take 4 uquias (ounces) of peeled garlic and pound them until they are like brains, and mix with what comes out of the inside of the chicken. Fry it in sufficient oil to cover, till the odor of garlic appears. Mix this with the chicken in a tidy pot with salt, pepper, cinnamon, lavender, ginger, cloves, saffron, peeled entire almonds, both battered as well as entire, and also a little murri (there exists no modern dish for murri, which is similar to the Chinese soy sauce). Seal the pot with dough, area it in the stove as well as leave until it is done. After that take it out as well as open up the pot, put its components in a clean dish and also a fragrant scent will certainly appear from it and also fragrance the location.’

As Henry’s reign advanced, his well-documented affair with Anne Boleyn began. Anne invested a great deal of her young people in the French Court, very first accompanying Henry’s 18-year-old sibling Margaret on her journey to France to wed King Louis XII.

Henry and Anne’s event lasted 7 years prior to his notorious break away from the Catholic Church of Rome and also their eventual marital relationship. Her French impacts would certainly have played a significant part in the transforming tastes and personalizeds of Court.

In the 15th century, bread and cheese were a staple in French food, with meats as well as fruits taken into consideration suitable for aristocracy, and vegetables seen as a peasant food.

Pears stewed in red wine were often consumed as an ‘ending’ to a meal, which might have been adopted by the English after Anne Boleyn came to be Queen.

A Day In The Life Of Henry VIII’s Belly

Henry would often start his day with Pike, Plaice, Cockroach, Butter and also Eggs selecting to eat with 30 of his courtiers around 10am

Henry would certainly then have had the choice of a minimum of 13 newly prepared recipes at every lunch and dinner, choosing from a huge series of pies, meats, pottages, jellies and fritters all prepared by his individual chef Pero Doux.

One necessary to the Tudor kitchen was the spit roast meats. Pork, Mutton, Venison - they would be on the spit everyday, ready to serve the King as well as his Court.

Much more unusual meats were booked for receptions and also occasions such as swan, peacock, heron as well as deer.

In spite of his ever-increasing belly, Henry as well as England complied with the rigorous regulation of fasting on Fridays as well as Saturdays as well as occasionally Wednesdays which forbade the consuming of meat as well as were only permitted to eat fish. Throughout the period of Lent (2nd March - 14th April) butter, eggs and dairy products food were also forbidden.

To disobey the guideline of fasting was to run the risk of an allegation of heresy, nevertheless, fasting did not imply that Henry ate any less than common.

Any various other day was thought about a ‘flesh day’. Below is an example of what Henry would certainly have anticipated to see available.








Cheat Bread and also Manchett, 16 Cheat Bread and Manchett, 16

Beate as well as Ale, 6 Gal Beate and Ale, 6 Gal

Wyne Wyne

Fleth for Pottage 8 Fleth for Pottage 8

Chines of Beef 8 Chickens in Crimary, Larkes

Rammeners in Stew, or Cap 6 Sparrows or Lambe,

Venison in brewz or mult 4 stewed with chynes of 13

Pestels of Reed Deere 2 Mutton

Mutton 6 Giggots of Mutton or Veni-.

Carpes or Yong Veale in - -son, stopped with Cloves 6.

Arm’, required 1 Capons 4.

Swanne 1 Conyes 2.

Capons 2 Phesant, Herne, Shove-.

Conyes 1 -lard 4.

Fryanders, baked Carpe 1 Cocks, Plovers or Gulles 2.

Custard garnished 12 Swete Dowcetts or Orange 10.

or frittars 8 Quinces or Pippns 2.

Along with recognisable choices, the Tudors delighted in many delicacies that would raise an eyebrow or two nowadays.

Grilled Beavers tail would be offered most Fridays as the Tudors classed Beaver as a fish. Whale and porpoise were boiled or roasted and also were a favourite of Katherine of Aragon.

From Fast To Peasant.

When the King as well as the people of Court were gouging on an immeasurable number of calories, the poorer individuals of England had a much simpler food selection.

Meat was scarce for the everyday Tudor peasant therefore fresh veggies, bread, and ales were the staple. Pottage turns up throughout history in lots of ranges, with the meatier stew even being served to the King.

The basic vegetable and also oat Pottage would certainly have been a regular sight at the dinner table for those not at court. Comparable to our modern-day stews, the recipe is easy as well as easy to adhere to.



1/2 Onion.

Vegetables (whichever you favor - carrot, parsnip, cabbage, leek etc).

300ml supply (or simply cozy water for the ordinary peasant).

Natural herbs (such as parsley, mint, rosemary, thyme and also sage which were readily available).

1tsp pepper.

4tbsp porridge oats.

Bread (optional).


Prepare veggies (peel and chop to whatever thickness you such as).

Soften onions in a pan prior to adding various other vegetables.

Cover with supply or warm water up until they begin to soften.

Include an excellent handful of herbs, salt as well as pepper.

Show up the warm and also delegate stew.

When the water starts to boil add the oats. Prepare for 4-5 minutes till whatever is integrated.

Consume by itself or with bread.

6 Spouses.

Finishing our Tudor trip, I am going to be focusing on possibly one of the most popular component of Henry VIII’s reign - his better halves.

Each other half has their own backstory and also unfortunate life whether they were divorced, beheaded, passed away or made it through. Yet what were their preferred points to eat?

Katherine of Aragon. Dec 1485 - Jan 1536 Divorced.

Besides the fruit native to her Spanish origins, Katherine took pleasure in eating steamed whale.

Anne Boleyn July 1501 - May 1536 Beheaded.

Anne was reported to have a desire for certain fruits such as damsons, plums and strawberries. During among her maternities, she had a ‘furious need to consume apples’.

Jane Seymour 1509 - Oct 1537 Died.

Henry saved no expense to keep Jane happy. When she had a yearning for quails eggs during pregnancy, Henry had an elaborate box of the delicacies delivered from Calais.

Anne of Cleeves Sept 1515 - July 1557 Divorced.

A preferred German treat that may have been taken pleasure in by Anne was ‘Gefuellte Semmeln’. A bread roll, full of jam/preserve, covered in sugar as well as spices and fried in egg yolks.

Katheryn Howard 1523-Feb 1542 Beheaded.

The young Queen was probably improper to the customs of Court. Referred to as childlike as well as ignorant Katheryn suched as to snack on marchpane, little balls of an almond, sugar snack comparable to marzipan.

Catherine Parr Aug 1512 - Sept 1548 Survived.

A prominent pleasant reward at the time was ‘House maids of Honor’. A predecessor of the modern cheesecake, made from curd cheese, often discovered at Court, and also potentially taken pleasure in by the Queen.

Watch out for my following trip right into the dinner tables of times gone by!

This write-up was generated by Alex Belsey of New Frontiers Marketing.

James Sumo

Sumo as his friends call him, is an renissance man, he loves to learn and loves his food even more. When you find him, he is usually curled up studying the world around him.

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