Welcome to another The Gilded Age recap from the perspective of food and entertaining. Just when you have seen everything, the obscenely wealthy create yet another way to amuse their guests. In S1E06 Gladys accompanies her brother to a tea party with Mrs. Fish to find out it … [Read more...] about The Gilded Age S1E06 Recap: (Dolls) Heads have Rolled for Less
Christians celebrate Shrove Tuesday just before Lent which takes place on a different day each year leading up to Easter. This year Shrove Tuesday falls on March 1st. Shrove is the past tense of shrive, which means to confess. In the Middle Ages, this day was a time for people … [Read more...] about Why do we have Pancakes on Shrove Tuesday?
Welcome again to another episode of history through food! In this episode of The Gilded Age on HBO, we get more information on the dining and entertaining habits of the upper classes in the Gilded Age. Social entertaining is accomplished at luncheon and tea, while dinner is … [Read more...] about The Gilded Age S1E05 Recap: Dining at Luncheon, Tea and Dinner
Welcome again to another episode of history through food! In this episode of The Gilded Age on HBO, Julian Fellowes uses food as an example of showing the divide between the new and old worlds of New York. The main characters in this exchange are Bannister, an English … [Read more...] about The Gilded Age S01E4: Chicken Soup and Trifle for Luncheon?
We can thank the Victorians for modern-day Valentine's Day traditions, such as the Valentine's Day card. While the first valentines were homemade, commercially produced cards in Britain in the 1830s in Britain and the 1840s in the United States. Valentine's cards were given … [Read more...] about The Best Downton-Worthy Valentine’s Day Dishes