Mrs. Bilton’s Cookery Course & Talks

Do you like cooking as much as eating? Why not try one of my cookery classes?

Like the suppers and luncheons they are intimate affairs held at my home in Sussex with just 4-6 attendees. I provide detailed cookery demonstrations based around a particular era or perhaps traditional event like Christmas, Whilst I will show you how to recreate the tastes from our past you also need to be prepared to get your own hands dirty! After the demo we’ll usually sit down to lunch or afternoon tea. As well as going home with a full belly you’ll leave with a collection of historical recipes to try at home in your own kitchen.

If you can’t make one of the courses you may be able to catch me cooking at a food festival or giving talks on food history (which often include some delicious historical morsels to taste too!). You can find details on where I will be speaking below.

If you are interested in booking me for a private cookery workshop or to speak at one of your own events please contact me here.


Stir Up Sunday Cookery Demos

Since the Victorian era Christmas puddings have traditionally been made on the fifth Sunday before Christmas, known as Stir Up Sunday. Sam will be showing visitors to the National Trust’s Petworth House and Park how to make a classic plum pudding based on an old family recipe, accompanying sauces and tasters to try. The demonstrations will take place between 1pm and 3pm on both dates. This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.


Bring Us Some Figgy Pudding!

Join Sam at Rainham Hall in Essex as she explains the origins and traditions behind our favourite yuletide foods. She will be taking inspiration from food writer Elizabeth David who worked closely with the National Trust property’s former resident Anthony Denney (Rainham Hall is currently hosting an exhibition on his work). As part of this festive talk you will have the opportunity to sample some of the tasty historical titbits she’ll be describing along the way. Space is limited so booking is essential.

5 APRIL 2020

Beyond the Bun – Easter Baking @ Garden Museum

Join Sam at the Garden Museum to find out how to make traditional Hot Cross Buns with a twist plus a 17th century alternative for those not so keen on dried fruit. She’ll also share historical dishes for Easter fare from Britain and beyond, such as an Italian savoury Easter pie and a sauce to enjoy with traditional roast lamb or roasted vegetables. You will get to enjoy all these dishes for lunch before you go home with some buns and all the recipes to try yourself at home. (8 places)


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