Category Archives: (Historical) Cooking Recipes

Here you’ll find (historical) cooking recipes and my entries for the Historical Food Fortnightly challenges.

Victorian Whole Candied Fruit – Recipe

For years I wanted to candy whole fruit and finally I candied whole mandarin oranges, kiwis, pears and cherries! It takes at least 5 days to candy whole fruit but it’s totally worth it!

Victorian Whole Candied Fruit Recipe

In the past, I candied watermelon rind, orange slices, cherries and lemon and orange peel. However, I couldn’t find a modern recipe for whole candied fruit. But I finally found historical recipes for whole candied fruit. Yay!

Whole candied fruit – also called crystallized fruit or glaze fruit – were popular in the Victorian and Edwardian era Continue reading Victorian Whole Candied Fruit – Recipe

5 Vegan Snow Ice Cream Recipes

Make instant ice cream with snow and different flavors such as lemon, mint, cinnamon and vanilla! You can even dye the vegan snow ice cream naturally blue with butterfly pea tea!

5 Vegan Snow Ice Cream Recipes

Making ice cream with freshly fallen snow is such a fun winter craft! All these 5 snow ice creams are dairy-free, egg-free and vegan. But if you eat dairy you can substitute milk for soy milk – it works just as well.

Lemon and mint chocolate chip snow ice cream were my favorites – because lemon and mint are my favorite ice cream flavors 😉 – but all 5 vegan snow ice cream recipes are  delicious! Continue reading 5 Vegan Snow Ice Cream Recipes

Victorian Pistachio Cake

This naturally green Victorian pistachio cake is an old German recipe from the 1860s!

Victorian Pistachio Cake

You need 5 ingredients for the Victorian pistachio cake: pistachios, almonds, a lot of eggs, sugar and some flour. The cake is basically a pistachio marzipan sponge cake. The Victorian recipe says to make the pistachio marzipan first: pistachios, blanched almonds and some of the eggs were pounded in a mortar until they form a paste. But today, you can just use a food processor or blender to make the pistachio marzipan! Continue reading Victorian Pistachio Cake

Gingerbread Dog Treats – Recipe

Bake festive gingerbread cookies for your pup this Christmas! These gingerbread dog treats are flavored with cinnamon, cloves and ginger.

Gingerbread Dog Treats

A while ago, Khaleesi’s stomach was upset (Khaleesi is my black GSD puppy). So, besides Moro’s carrot soup, I fed her browned apple with cinnamon and other spices every evening. She soon loved her evening spice mix. Therefore I thought I’d bake her gingerbread treats with cinnamon, cloves and ginger for Christmas!

Cinnamon, cloves and ginger are safe and even healthy for dogs (unlike nutmeg which is toxic for dogs when consumed in large amounts). There are two types of cinnamon: ceylon cinnamon and cassia cinnamon. I used ceylon cinnamon because cassia cinnamon contains far more coumarin than ceylon cinnamon. While cassia cinnamon is still safe in small amounts, I chose ceylon cinnamon to be on the safe side. And ginger is just as healthy for dogs as it is for humans. Besides being a natural anti-inflammatory agent, it prevents nausea and helps to support digestion. Cloves (not to be confused with garlic cloves) are ok too. Even though they contain eugenol and shouldn’t be fed in large amount, cloves are safe in small amounts. Continue reading Gingerbread Dog Treats – Recipe

Green Surprise Inside Christmas Cake – Colored With Kale – With Hidden Cherry Jelly Tree

This naturally green surprise inside Christmas cake with a hidden cherry jelly tree is colored with kale!

Surprise Inside Christmas Cake - Colored With Kale - With Hidden Cherry Jelly Tree

This Christmas cake in the traditional christmas colors – red and green – is made with  natural dyes – cherry and kale. And don’t worry, the green sponge cake doesn’t taste of kale, it tastes just like ordinary sponge cake! Continue reading Green Surprise Inside Christmas Cake – Colored With Kale – With Hidden Cherry Jelly Tree

Naturally Green Dog Treats – Colored With Sunflower Seeds!

These naturally green dog treats are naturally colored with sunflower seeds!

Naturally Green Dog Treats - Colored With Sunflower Seeds!

Aren’t these green dog treats fun? They’re perfect for Christmas and St. Patrick’s Day! And what’s best they’re made without artificial food coloring: Sunflower seeds make these dog treats naturally green! Sunflower seeds contain chlorogenic acid which turns green in an alkaline environment (baking soda). Continue reading Naturally Green Dog Treats – Colored With Sunflower Seeds!

Spicy Crispy Roasted Chickpeas – From Scratch

Crispy roasted chickpeas – a healthy alternative to chips!

Spicy Crispy Roasted Chickpeas

Crunchy, low in fat, high in protein and fibre, easy to make and simply delicious! These spicy crispy roasted chickpeas are made from scratch with dry chickpeas. They’re naturally vegan and gluten-free – a perfect snack when you’re craving something savoury. After cooking, the chickpeas are seasoned with salt, garam masala, paprika powder, and roasted in the oven until crispy. Continue reading Spicy Crispy Roasted Chickpeas – From Scratch

Homemade Fondant From Scratch – With Natural Food Dyes

This homemade fondant from scratch is made with 4 ingredients: powdered sugar, powdered glucose, gelatin and water!

Homemade Fondant From Scratch - With Natural Food Dyes

You don’t need to buy fondant for your next cake – fondant is so easy to make at home! And if you want you can naturally dye the fondant blue and pink with butterfly pea flower tea and beetroot. Continue reading Homemade Fondant From Scratch – With Natural Food Dyes