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Date: Sep 12 12:24 PM, 2017
RE: Poldark Cookery
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Mrs Gimlett wrote:

It has come to my notice that Jean Graham's book, about the food in Poldark, has been re-issued.  This is an interesting little volume, full of Cornish recipes and local anecdotes.  Jean considered herself a Cornishwoman, even though I believe she was born in Devon.  (That's nearly abroad to a Cornish person!)  She grew up in Cornwall though  surrounded by a large family. If I could put my hands on my copy, I would be able to tell you what it's called!

I have an idea that Winston consulted her extensively about 18th Century food - which, by the early 1930s, essentially wouldn't have altered that much (Poldark was set only 140 odd years before that) since the county to some extent was isolated from what happened elsewhere.

Originally, the book was published in the early 80s, when the first known outbreak of Poldark fever was prevalent. 

Many of the dishes are still being produced today - I have a friend who talks about cooking an under-roast.  Thunder and lightning is becoming more popular again also.*

 

Under-roast is cooking the joint under a blanket of potatoes, that good old Cornish staple, thereby reducing space in the oven and dishes used.

Thunder and lightning is bread spread with either golden syrup or originally treacle (molasses) topped with clotted cream.  It is served on scones or splits these days.

 


 Mrs G - I acquired a copy of the 1981 edition of this recently but haven't tried any of the recipes yet. As you will know, the contents page includes such treats as 'Christmas at Trenwith 1787' and Demelza's Dinner Party for the Bassets'. I think it's a gem but, in case the new edition has been changed in any way, I have ordered a copy of the new one to compare the two. If they are the same I shall keep the 1981 edition and give the other one as a Christmas present. I think it's a real gem reading.gif



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It has come to my notice that Jean Graham's book, about the food in Poldark, has been re-issued.  This is an interesting little volume, full of Cornish recipes and local anecdotes.  Jean considered herself a Cornishwoman, even though I believe she was born in Devon.  (That's nearly abroad to a Cornish person!)  She grew up in Cornwall though  surrounded by a large family. If I could put my hands on my copy, I would be able to tell you what it's called!

I have an idea that Winston consulted her extensively about 18th Century food - which, by the early 1930s, essentially wouldn't have altered that much (Poldark was set only 140 odd years before that) since the county to some extent was isolated from what happened elsewhere.

Originally, the book was published in the early 80s, when the first known outbreak of Poldark fever was prevalent. 

Many of the dishes are still being produced today - I have a friend who talks about cooking an under-roast.  Thunder and lightning is becoming more popular again also.*

 

Under-roast is cooking the joint under a blanket of potatoes, that good old Cornish staple, thereby reducing space in the oven and dishes used.

Thunder and lightning is bread spread with either golden syrup or originally treacle (molasses) topped with clotted cream.  It is served on scones or splits these days.

 



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