Certificate from Reading University and Historic Royal Palaces on a History of Royal Food and Feasting

Delight at finding my 1960s The Jimmy Young Cookbook at the Lincoln Heritage Food Festival. Memories of childhood food!

Dot's Quaker Oat Scones from Aunt Margaret's Pudding by Alison Brackenbury

Elizabethan Filo Parcels

Gran's Boiled Fruit Cake for the Great Family Recipe Share, Lincoln Food Heritage Festival

Lincoln Heritage Food Festival Traditional Smokehouse

Lincolnshire Scotch Eggs as featured in my recipe for Bon Appetit and The Lincolnshire Echo

Off the Beeton Track

Oliver at the BBC studios with Amy Claridge, presenter of Lincolnshire Kitchen

Sibsey WI

South Ormsby Hall Georgian Food Workshop

South Ormsby Hall Georgian Food Workshop

Thank you to Emma Kay Food Historian and respected author for her contribution to Lincoln Heritage Food Festival Recipe Share

Workshop on food history for Heritage Lincolnshire

Sadie Hirst food history talks, workshops, recipes and demonstrations


Thank you for visiting my website, please do check here regularly for updates on forthcoming food history workshops, demonstrations, presentations and articles.  I've worked with many community groups over the last six years, in beautiful parts of Lincolnshire, meeting lots of wonderful people and we've shared many food memories.

Coming up this Saturday (25th May 10am to 1pm) is the Boston celebration of the International Hanseatic Day. I'm delighted to be there with a historical cookery demonstration of Medieval Maslin Bread and Handmade Butter making, recipes and a display of my Pots and Pans Material Culture through the ages. There will be a heritage marquee situated in front of Boston Stump, and the Knights of Skirbeck will be there and The Peasants Revolt - a Medieval Minstrel Duo! It promises to be lots of fun, see my column in this week's Lincolnshire Echo and Target for further details and visit www.bostonhanse.co.uk

I offer a range of different food history presentations, workshops, displays and demonstrations and have the pleasure of working regularly with Heritage Lincolnshire. If you would like to register your interest in future historical cookery workshops please visit www.heritagelincolnshire.org The next one to come up is a special Food Reminiscing Event for people living with dementia and in July I'm delighted to be the Food History Lincolnshire County Council Grow Course Tutor, offering a one day workshop, held at Heritage Lincolnshire in Heckington. Please email Kate at htladmin@heritagelincolnshire.org for details and booking. 

Thank you to everyone who came and supported The Lincoln Food Heritage Festival on 11th May at St Mary's Guildhall, Sibthorp Street in Lincoln.  It was a pleasure to meet you all and be able to share my display of my "pots and pans" material culture through the ages and some of my old cookbooks. A personal highlight of the day for me was the gentleman  who came to look at my display and was absolutely thrilled to see my 1960s copy of "The Jimmy Young Cookbook". He was instantly transported back to the food his Mum cooked for him as a child. For me that is what collecting these recipes, cookbooks and kitchenalia is all about. Well done if you had a go at making  your own edible Tudor Rose out of sugar fondant. My Son Oliver did a grand job there - thank you Oliver. There was all manner of interesting activities and displays, including the rare treat of being in the historic 12th century St Mary's Guildhall. Some lovely recipes were contributed for the Family Recipe Share and I can't wait to have a go at making some of them. The day was a fantastic food history event with a Traditional Smoke House, Roman, Medieval and Tudor Cookery Demonstrations, teas, coffees and a charity cake stall and the chance to look at the results of the Wigford Big Dig. Bella and Janine were there with their Portuguese Heritage Food, those custard tarts and meat pastries were simply delicious. Finally a very special thank you to Cola Jennings, who organised the whole day, it was a splendid community celebration of food and history and we thoroughly enjoyed being a part of it.

I'm delighted to have been asked to submit my top ten cookbooks choices to the 1000 cookbook project. As an avid collector of cookbooks, it was almost impossible to whittle it down, but after much deliberation I managed to do so. This website is an amazing resource if you love cookbooks. Here are my top ten choices https://app.1000cookbooks.com/people/sadie-hirst  Their sister website https://app.ckbk.com/ has just launched too, ckbk enables you to access thousands of recipes, authors, ingredients, cookbooks and ideas.

Here are the current range of presentations that I offer, but if you would like to discuss a bespoke presentation for your group, please do get in touch. If I'm able to accommodate your requirements, I will happily do so.

"Off the Beeton Track", which explores the ubiquity of cookery books from the past as a unique form of literature and how cookery books represent much more than a collection of recipes and techniques. There is also the opportunity to see original rare antiquarian cookbooks from the 17th century onwards and a look at how these early cookbooks and authors offer an insight into social, political and culinary history and heritage.  I bring along a display of cookbooks and also vintage and antique kitchenalia.  

 "Much Ado About Food". With this talk we look at food history from the Neolithic Period to Elizabethan, explored through books, herbs, spices and "pots and pans material culture". I bring a range of kitchenalia from the past to display, along with rare antiquarian cookery books. 

 "Food of WWI - Bully Beef to Ticklers Jam". This talk was launched at Horncastle Lion Theatre last year as part of the Horncastle Remembrance Weekend for the Centenary of the armistice. I cover the food of the British Army and Homefront. 

"Tea, Taxes and Turmoil, Food and Drink of Georgian Britain" Launched at South Ormsby Hall earlier this year for a bespoke historical cookery workshop in collaboration with Heritage Lincolnshire. This is a look at the fascinating Georgian era and the food and kitchen innovations of the period, explored through rare antiquarian cookbooks and "pots and pans" material culture. 

I offer a seasonal presentation called "A Taste of Christmas Past". This is a culinary whirl from the medieval 12 day festival of Christmas, the pagan origins of many of our customs and traditions, through to the festive fayre of the Tudor, Georgian and Victorian eras. 

All presentations are approximately 45 minutes to one hour duration, with time for questions afterwards and the opportunity to look at my items on display.

My only requirements are at least twelve feet in length of table space please, preferably against a wall and a glass of water. I would also need a parking space nearby to the venue to get all of my display items in and about 45 minutes to set everything up. A full address of your venue including postcode for satnav is also needed and access time please.

I have a monthly food column  featured in The Lincolnshire Echo, Target series of newspapers, Retford Times, Wolds Scene and Lincs Scene, focussing on historical cookery, seasonal foods and recipes from the past. My recipes will be uploaded regularly on to the recipe section of this website. Please feel free to use these for your personal use and I would love to hear if you enjoyed making and baking them. If you wish to use any of these recipes for anything other than personal use, please contact me first to seek my permission.

I'm very excited to announce that I will soon be embarking upon a full time Masters Degree in Heritage Education at Bishop Grosseteste University, starting this September. This very much ties in with my passion for sharing and working with groups teaching historical cookery and food history. This Masters course will enable me to move this forward, widen my knowledge, research skills and learning.  I'm enormously grateful at having this opportunity at the age of (lets just say I was born within a week of the moon landing)! I look forward to joining Lincoln's BGU's School of Humanities and studying at the cutting edge of Heritage Education. With this in mind, I will be honouring all existing bookings and taking new bookings for evening and weekend presentations. However, until the Autumn of 2020 I will be restricted in the taking of any new weekday daytime bookings. I am already getting quite booked up in to 2021 , so it is advisable to give me as much notice as possible for the date you require to avoid disappointment. Please do get in touch with me via email spanglythings@gmail.com and we can discuss your booking requirements further.

Thank you for visiting this website, please do keeping checking for forthcoming events and new recipes.

Best wishes, Sadie


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