Monthly Archives: July 2016

History Of Dog Food

History Of Dog Food

Since millennia, humans and dogs lived together – dogs are the oldest domesticated animal. In ancient times, dogs guarded flocks and farms. Later they were used as hunting dogs. And especially since the 18th century and Victorian era, lap dogs became fashionable. So there’s a long history of dog food. For many centuries, dogs were just fed with barley flour soaked in milk or broth. Then in the 19th century, the first dog biscuits factory opened. But the Edwardians thought dog biscuits weren’t an ideal food: meat mixed with flour or bread and vegetables was considered the best dog food. Continue reading History Of Dog Food

WW1 Mock Sausages And Cutlets – Historical Food Fortnightly

WW1 Mock Sausages And Cutlets - Historical Food Fortnightly

For the Historical Food Fortnightly challenge 9 – Mock Foods, I made World War One mock sausages and cutlets. Meat was scarce in the war, so I found many meat substitute recipes from different countries. Here’s a recipe for mock sausages made with lima beans from 1912: Soaked, boiled, pureed lima beans were mixed with breadcrumbs, salt, pepper and sage, egg and butter; shaped into sausages, breaded and fried in oil. In 1915 in Germany, sausages, patties and ‘roast beef’ were made with soaked and boiled peas, mixed with carrot, onion, salt and mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris). Sausage and deli meats were made with 3/4 part beans and 1/4 part lentils. The vegetarian sausage dough was sewn into a piece of muslin, and smoked for one day at the butcher’s. It’s said to taste like liverwurst.

I chose to make 1914 vegan lentil cutlets and sausages published in One Hundred Meatless Dishes. Vegan lentil cutlets are like vegan lentil croquettes of today. Continue reading WW1 Mock Sausages And Cutlets – Historical Food Fortnightly

Homemade Natural Green Soap & Soda Shampoo Recipe

Homemade Natural Green Soap & Soda Shampoo Recipe

Because just soap didn’t clean my hair thoroughly, I came up with this natural soda & soap shampoo recipe. It cleans the hair just like store-bought shampoo, and because it’s thickened with starch, it’s easy to distribute in the hair. And it’s naturally green! 😀 Continue reading Homemade Natural Green Soap & Soda Shampoo Recipe

Victorian (1850s) Graham Bread Recipe – Historical Food Fortnightly

Victorian Graham Bread Recipe

Graham bread is named after reverend Sylvester Graham, who invented the bread in 1829. Victorians preferred white bread bought at the bakery because homemade brown bread was considered backward – a bread eaten by poor peasants. In the Victorian era, Graham bread was promoted as ‘health bread’ since Victorian white bread wasn’t made with white flour but with bleached whole wheat flour. Continue reading Victorian (1850s) Graham Bread Recipe – Historical Food Fortnightly

Homemade Edwardian Apple Vinegar Recipe – Historical Food Fortnightly

Homemade Edwardian Apple Vinegar Recipe

After reading that it’s so easy to make apple cider vinegar at home, I had to try it. 😀 And homemade vinegar made with apple peels and cores is perfect for the Historical Food Fortnightly challenge 14 – Waste not, want not. Continue reading Homemade Edwardian Apple Vinegar Recipe – Historical Food Fortnightly