Let’s Bake Victorian Style! Comic Relief and this year’s JVC Bake Off

Lucinda Matthews-Jones (LJMU) Inspired by the recent celebrity Great British Bake Off, Helen Rogers and I have decided to do our own bake off at Liverpool John Moores University for Comic Relief.  We’re in the process of inviting staff and students across the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences to join us; the results of which will be tasted and judged at a Victorian tea party in early March. Pictures will be uploaded on to the website. Rather than keep

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Tasting the Neo-Victorian Christmas: Mince pies and Chocolate Santas

Lucinda Matthews-Jones (Liverpool John Moores University) Last Thursday was the end of a very long term for me and my students. I’m not saying that I was bribing my students with treats, but my co-lecturer on ‘Victorian Popular Culture’ and I were both aware that we needed to sweeten the blow of week 14. For Mike, this meant stopping off at a local shop to purchase ‘A Victorian Christmas: Milk Chocolate Santas’. The box showed a ‘traditional’ image of Christmas

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Lucinda Matthews-Jones, Tasting the Victorian Christmas: Mince pies and Chocolate Santas

Lucinda Matthews-Jones (Liverpool John Moores University) Last Thursday was the end of a very long term for me and my students. I’m not saying that I was bribing my students with treats, but my co-lecturer on ‘Victorian Popular Culture’ and I were both aware that we needed to sweeten the blow of week 14. For Mike, this meant stopping off at a local shop to purchase ‘A Victorian Christmas: Milk Chocolate Santas’. The box showed a ‘traditional’ image of Christmas

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When Mrs Beeton isn’t right! Making her Creamed Apple Tart

By Lucinda Matthews-Jones (LJMU) This weekend I was giddy with excitement. I was going to spend Sunday baking, something I haven’t done yet this semester. Sunday coincided with the last day of National Baking Week in the UK (15 – 21 October 2012) and last Tuesday also saw the final of the Great British Bake-Off (GBBO) TV show. Surely the baking gods would be on my side! Surely Mrs Beeton would not fail me! Surely I would have a delicious

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