Christmas Food

Ref: C2228583

A look at Christmas food through the ages, from medieval feasting through Victorian splendour to the present day, with a brief stop when Cromwell tried to ban Christmas. On the way we'll look at how to make gingerbread, how the Turkey reached England (while feeling very glad that it's less ferocious than a wild boar), what went into a Real Mince Pie, and why crackers were originally food, plus some hints on how to keep children quiet in church.

Course aim

A look at Christmas food through the ages, the traditions that lie behind it, and how it has changed, along with a few recipes that you may (or may not) want to try - an extract from the 10-week "Cookery through the Ages" course.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners
  • No experience of cooking or history is needed, but experience of eating might help.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Have a greater appreciation of our Christmas traditions
  • Understand why some traditional foods are probably best left in the past
  • Know how the Turkey got its name
  • Have a few more ideas on how to persuade the Sun to rise again.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

This is a Zoom session, so you'll need to be able to see the display properly and hear me. I'd suggest a full size screen, not a phone. If you want to join in and ask questions, you'll need a microphone. A camera so we can see you is nice but not required.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Christmas Food

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