Pumpkin Soup

I grew up in a home of female cooks. My maternal grandmother made delicious meals that her mother taught her, and my mom could recreate grandma’s dishes and also had her own specialties. One of my favorite dishes that Mom and Grandma would make in the fall is Pumpkin Soup. This soup is extremely simple…

Potato Stew from the Early 20th Century

Brrr it’s getting cold out! Which means this is the perfect time to make a soup or stew. Last winter, when I decided to start my video-making journey, I filmed a how-to-cook-potato-stew video. And I had forgotten all about it! Thankfully I had the footages saved onto my laptop. Why not share it now?! For…

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…