Category Archives: Tutorials

Here you’ll find free tutorials about sewing, DIY crafts and historical costume making, as well as recipes for (historical) natural makeup, shampoo recipes, hairstyle tutorials, and (historical) cooking recipes.

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

Homemade German Nougat From Scratch

German nougat – also called viennese nougat or gianduja – is made with three ingredients: hazelnuts or almonds, chocolate and sugar. While store-bought nougat contains dairy – this homemade German nougat is dairy-free, gluten-free, egg-free and vegan!

Homemade German Nougat From Scratch

German nougat is so delicious – it’s used as baking ingredient, as cake or praline filling, for ice creams and desserts or eaten as it is. I always wanted to make German nougat at home – especially since I can’t eat dairy (and therefore store-bought nougat) anymore. However, all recipes that I tried produced more a chocolate spread – not real German nougat!

But, finally, after years of research and trial and error I found an old recipe for traditional homemade German nougat. Yay! I adapted the recipe slightly because the nougat was made with too much chocolate. I’m so pleased with the recipe: This homemade German nougat is even better than store-bought German nougat! I never thought that it’d be so easy to make German nougat from scratch at home.

You can make German nougat with almonds or hazelnuts. Hazelnut nougat is darker than almond nougat. They taste different too but both are delicious! Continue reading Homemade German Nougat From Scratch

Sloe Berry Yogurt Cake – Dairy-Free

This unusual sloe berry yogurt cake is dairy-free, easy to make and simply delicious!

Sloe Berry Yogurt Cake Dairy-Free

If you take a stroll in the country at this time of the year, you probably pass by bushes full of large blue-black fruits: sloes! Sloes are astringent fruits when eaten raw but they’re delicious in jams and cakes! Continue reading Sloe Berry Yogurt Cake – Dairy-Free

Christmas Tree Cookies – Naturally Colored With Kale

These green Christmas tree cookies are naturally colored with kale and decorated with cranberry pieces.

Christmas Tree Cookies - Naturally Colored With Kale

These festive red and green Christmas cookies taste as delicious as they look. And what’s best: they’re made without artificial dyes – they’re all naturally colored with curly kale leaves.  And even if the Christmas tree cookies are brilliant green, they don’t taste of kale – they taste just like classic Christmas sugar cookies! Continue reading Christmas Tree Cookies – Naturally Colored With Kale

Salted Almonds – Historical Recipes

Roasted salted almonds – an easy, satisfying snack – were already popular in the Victorian and Edwardian era.

Salted Almonds - Historical Recipes

‘At intervals about the center were cut glass and fancy china dishes of pimolas, salted almonds, and pecans, and pink and green confections, with little fancy Venetian salt dishes conveniently near the plates.’ (The Home Science Cook Book, 1902)

In the Victorian and Edwardian era, salted almonds were served at formal dinners, such as at Christmas dinners: ‘Salted almonds make a nourishing side dish at luncheon, or for dessert.’ (Meals Medicinal, 1905) Continue reading Salted Almonds – Historical Recipes

Victorian Quince Paste – Homemade Quince Jelly Candy

Made with just three ingredients – quince paste is a traditional Christmas candy popular since the Victorian era.

Victorian Quince Paste - Homemade Quince Jelly Candy

Quince paste – also called quince candy, quince cheese and quince jelly candy – is an old-fashioned Christmas candy. It has a beautiful reddish color and tastes like a sweet version of quince jelly. It takes some time to make quince paste at home but it’s so worth it and you’ll only need three ingedients: quinces, sugar and lemon juice! Continue reading Victorian Quince Paste – Homemade Quince Jelly Candy

Sloe Berry Meringue Pie – Wild Foraging

Sloe berry meringue pie – an unusual twist on the traditional lemon meringue pie!

Sloe Berry Meringue Pie

A flaky, buttery pie crust topped with meringue and filled with sloe berry custard with freshly picked sloe berries – doesn’t this sound delicious? 😀 Sloe berry meringue pie tastes sweet and fruity and simply delicious! And don’t wory the sloe pie doesn’t taste astringent like raw sloes! 😉 Continue reading Sloe Berry Meringue Pie – Wild Foraging

How To Make DIY Candle Wicks With Cotton String

Did you know that you can make your own candle wicks with things you already have at home? In this short tutorial I’ll show you how to make your own DIY candle wicks with 100% cotton string!

DIY Candle Wicks Tutorial

Use your DIY cotton candle wicks for DIY oil lamps or homemade candles. Cotton string candle wicks burn for a long time with a steady flame that doesn’t soot. Continue reading How To Make DIY Candle Wicks With Cotton String

Edwardian Spice Marble Cake

This Edwardian spice marble cake is so delicious – a perfect Christmas cake!

Edwardian Spice Marble Cake

The traditional marble cake wasn’t the vanilla and chocolate marble cake. In the Victorian and Edwardian era, marble cakes were usually flavored with spices and colored with brown sugar and molasses. This Edwardian spice cake recipe was published in Three Meals A Day in 1902. Continue reading Edwardian Spice Marble Cake

5 DIY No-Sew Recycled Denim Dog Toys

Make no-sew recycled denim dog toys out of old jeans! It’s easy, fast and free! And your pup will love it!

5 DIY No-Sew Recycled Denim Dog Toys

Since May 1 there’s a whirlwind in my life: A black German shepherd puppy (more pictures of her on her instagram account @khaleesi_theblackgsd). She’s a little destroyer! 😉 In the last weeks, she destroyed part of the cork floor, some of her toys, Grandma’s midcentury chair – and even her harness! So her toys have to be sturdy and robust! Continue reading 5 DIY No-Sew Recycled Denim Dog Toys