Sunday, 19 June 2016


I wish I could say that my Tartes Owt of Lente looked as neat as this one from the Hampton Court website. I made two yesterday, and as I didn't raise the sides high enough the first one oozed and made a sticky mess; as I managed to make the second batch of filling too sloppy and didn't have enough cheese left to thicken it, I thought, 'Stuff historical authenticity!' and baked it in a cake tin - and it turned out fine. The filling was tasty - I added a pinch of ginger - but the 21st century might prefer it made with a flakier pastry.
I'm practising for this online course which starts tomorrow.

8 comments:

Sue said...

What an interesting sounding course, hope you enjoy it.

mary said...

I'm a bit disappointed with the first one, Sue - they haven't set the bar very high and it's very bitty - so annoying when they assume you have a concentration span of about a minute!
I miss your Quince Tree - have you given up or just having a long break?

Sue said...

Mary, I think I've probably given up. I didn't mean to, but I just can't work up any enthusiasm for blogging. I may change my mind though.

mary said...

That's a shame - you'll be missed. I can see that the longer you leave it, the harder it is to jump back in. But Quince Tree and your lovely photos must have been quite hard work/time-consuming.

Toffeeapple said...

I am doing the same course Mary and I, too, thought that it would have been somewhat more 'in depth'. They said that Mace is cut into blades when dry! I left a comment with a link in the hope that someone will make the correction.

I am sorry to hear that Sue might give up blogging. I hope that she will keep her blog 'live' though, there are too many good recipes there and to lose that resource would be a shame.

mary said...

I'll look out for you, Toffeeapple! I'm interested in the practical information/videos about recipes - and a lady in Ohio has given some very helpful tips about something that was puzzling me - but I'd have liked much more about recipes and sources. The general historical background seems to be pitched at the level of a school history project!
Have you done any of these courses before? I'm finding the sheer volume of comments a bit overwhelming; there are some interesting contributions buried in so much general chitchat! There's some starting next week on country house literature which I'm hoping might be more stimulating.

Toffeeapple said...

Yes Mary I haave done a few previous courses, they are all pretty much pitched at this level but you can get credits to carry on to higher (paid) courses I believe.

I agree with you regarding the volume of comments, overwhelming I think.

mary said...

I'm not really interested in credits/certificates, Toffeeapple - jumped through those hoops many years ago!