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

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

Elizabethan Filo Parcels

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

Workshop on food history for Heritage Lincolnshire

Sadie Hirst food history talks, workshops, recipes and demonstrations


Thank you for visiting my website, offering updates on forthcoming food history workshops, demonstrations, presentations and articles. Covering most of Lincolnshire, I've worked with many community groups over the last five years and have met some wonderful people and shared many food memories.

I offer a range of different food history presentations and work regularly with Heritage Lincolnshire. If you would like to register your interest in future historical cookery workshops please visit www.heritagelincolnshire.org 

Coming up soon is The Lincoln Food Heritage Festival on 11th May. St Mary's Guildhall, Sibthorp Street in Lincoln, 10am - 4pm  info@banksnewton.co.uk I will be there with a display of my "pots and pans" material culture through the ages, recipe sheets and there will be the opportunity to make your own edible Tudor Rose out of sugar fondant. There will be a rare opportunity to have a tour of The Guildhall, bring along your favourite recipe for the Family Recipe Share and even make and enter your favourite family recipe in the Cookery competition. It promises to be 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. Hope to see you there for a fantastic family day out.

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 last week 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 foot 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.

 If you wish to contact me, please do so by emailing me spanglythings@gmail.com and you can follow me on Twitter Sadie Hirst@sadiemhirst or Sadie Hirst on Instagram. 

Recipes from my monthly food column in The Lincolnshire Echo, Target, Retford Times, Wolds Scene and Lincs Scene will be uploaded on to the recipe section of this website regularly. Please feel free to use these recipes 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 am getting booked up to the end of 2020 , so it is advisable to give me as much notice as possible for the date you require to avoid disappointment. 

Thank you for visiting this website, keeping checking for forthcoming events.

Best wishes, Sadie


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