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.

10 OCTOBER 2021

Much Ado About Gingerbread

I’ll be popping up at the fabulous Much Ado Books in Alfriston to chat about gingerbread and its literary connections from 2 – 4pm. Naturally, there will be some delicious gingerbread for you to sample too.

Sorry – Sold Out!

16 OCTOBER 2021

The Bookshop – East Grinstead

I love supporting independent booksellers so I’ll be signing copies of First Catch Your Gingerbread at the wonderful Bookshop in East Grinstead. I’ll also have some gingerbread on hand for you to sample should you wish to ‘try before you buy’!

Details to follow soon!

21 NOVEMBER 2021

Stir Up Sunday @ Garden Museum

Join me at the Garden Museum to find out how to make traditional Christmas Puddings. In this 3 hour class you will stir up your own individual historically informed Christmas pud based on a Victorian recipe from my Great Aunt Eliza. I will also share with you some pudding accompaniments and some interesting things to do with pudding leftovers such as creating some delicious truffles.


Mulled Ale & Gingerbread at Barley Hall, York

Did you know that gingerbread was once used as a tool to help children learn their alphabet? Or that William Wordsworth had a particular penchant for gingerbread? Join me at Barley Hall, a stunning medieval town house, once home to the Priors of Nostell and a Lord Mayor of York, with a glass or two of spiced ale and a selection of historic gingerbreads as I mulls over the secret history of this sweet treat.

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