10 hours ago
If you’re in need of a winter warmer, why not try this recipe for ‘Cowheel Soup’, written by Martha Lloyd, friend of the Austen family. Not for the faint-hearted!
“Make a strong gravy with shin of beef, a pr. of cow heels boiled tender, then cut them in pieces and take out the bones. One hour before dinner season the gravy with marjoram, savoury thyme, the green of onions, parsley, 1 shalot, chp’t fine – of each a teaspoon. Half a pint of Madeira or Sherry, four large spoonfuls of walnut and two mushroom catchup, pepper, and salt to your taste. Flour the feet and put them in the stewpan with the gravy and just before it is sent to the table, add to a little of the soup almost cold, the yolks of two eggs and a little flour. Beat well together in a saucepan then boil it up. Put it to the soup and then give it all one boil up.” ... See moreSee less
1 day ago
Social reformer and founder of the Blue Stockings Society, Elizabeth Montagu wrote in the days before Christmas 1781: "At this time of ye year, the great city is solitary, silent, and quiet. Its present state makes a good preface to the succeeding months of crowd, noise, and bustle ... One always finds some friends in town; a few people may at any time be gathered together." ... See moreSee less
2 days ago
For our final evening lecture of 2017, we enjoyed a full house, mince pies and mulled wine, and then a talk from Phyllis Richardson, who gave a talk on Jane Austen and houses. Thanks @_HouseofFiction! ... See moreSee less
3 days ago
Following a visit to Jane Austen's House Museum and a tour of Chawton House in the morning, students from the University of Southampton settle down in our dining room for a seminar on Barbauld, Wollstonecraft, Inchbald and Austen. ... See moreSee less
4 days ago
Happy St. Nicholas Day! It was customary in Georgian England to give a present in commemoration of the saint. Jane Austen gave a little Gingham needle bag as a gift and attached the following verse:
This little bag, I hope, will prove
To be not vainly made;
For should you thread and needles want,
It will afford you aid.
And, as we are about to part,
‘Twill serve another end:
For, when you look upon this bag,
You’ll recollect your friend.
With thanks to Maria Hubert’s ‘Jane Austen’s Christmas’. ... See moreSee less