Cabinet Cookery: Shin Noodle Stir Fry

It may surprise you to know that when I’m cooking, I don’t use precise measurements. For the most part, I just throw things together and serve–something I learned from my parents (My husband cooks this way too). Hubby and I call this method “Cabinet Cookery.” It’s just 1. Reach into the spice cabinets and fridge,…

1940’s Chocolate Cake

During the Second World War, British food supply was cut short by the Germans, who attacked many ships supplying food to Great Britain. Rationing was then introduced by the Ministry of Food to ensure everyone could still have access to the limited food supply; however, each person was given the same amount. Rationing was also…

70’s Fried Chicken

When I hear “fried chicken”, I immediately think of Colonel Harland Sanders and his Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) franchise. However, the Colonel is not the creator of fried chicken. The history of deep frying chicken in lard is older than the Colonel. If we go back in history to the times of knights in shining…

Mini Pumpkin Pies from Scratch

This sweet custardy pie is most associated with America and Canada’s Thanksgivings, during the fall when pumpkins are ripe and ready to be harvested. However, placing pureed pumpkins or squashes and spices in a pastry shell is not a North American creation. Pumpkin pie–or pumpion pye–first appeared in England in the 17th century. Recipes with…

Soft Braided Pretzels

The history of pretzels is hard to trace, with stories going as far back as the early 600s, but with no written records. The first appearance of pretzels, however, can be found in the crest of a German bakers’ guilds in 1111. The knotted shape, most associated with pretzels, can even be found in a…

Victorian Kedgeree

This dish of rice, fish, and curry is believed to have been brought from India to the United Kingdom during the reign of Queen Victoria. Kedgeree, as it’s called, was developed during the British Raj in India. This period in which the British Crown ruled the Indian subcontinent would last from 1858 to 1947. Today,…

Meats & Potatoes

Although beefsteak was popularized in the 19th century, man has been rearing cattle and enjoying beef since 8,000 B.C.. Come the age of the industrial revolution, red meat could be transported anywhere, making beef readily available to everyone, including those dependent on crop, such as potatoes. The potato started appearing around the same time as…

Korean Chocolate Mochi Donuts

I lived in Daegu, South Korea from 2013-2014. While there, I tried many foods. I fell in love with a few and stayed away from many. (Due to the fact that I was anemic, and also didn’t want to end up in the hospital in a foreign country.) One of the foods I fell in…

Garlic Cheese Buns

Bread-making dates back as far as 300 B.C, when the Ancient Egyptians discovered yeast. Many other groups of people also have their own variation of bread, which are still eaten to this day. These breads can be found steamed, cooked in a dutch oven, baked in a bread oven, and many other way. Today, breads…

Cake Pops

I love cake, and I especially love chocolate cake. Baking cakes from scratch is not my forte, but I do enjoy a box cake mix. And I especially enjoy turning the mix into cake pops. Cake pops sound like a recent creation, but they are actually 10 years old. They were invented by Angie Dudley, also known…