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Back in time for Christmas Dinner
Victorian kitchen Rippon Lea
Victorian kitchen Rippon Lea - source National Trust


If you have been watching the excellent ABC show Further Back in Time for Dinner then the stage is already set for these Christmas cooking sessions put on by the National Trust. They are FREE for National Trust Members or $15 for non-members.

Held over Zoom you learn how to prepare authentic heritage dishes. This series of three themed cooking demonstrations will stream live from the kitchens at Como House, Rippon Lea Estate and The Heights, while cooks guide you through the recipes and share interesting historical information regarding the customs, traditions and stories of each dish.

Book your preferred session (or all three) via the links below.

Mrs Lenoard's Plum Pudding



Enjoy working alongside 'Cook' and create Christmas cheer of yesteryear. Hear fascinating tales of Victorian traditions and kitchen lore as you are guided through the baking process, from measuring ingredients to the presentation.

The recipe comes from a never before published Victorian manuscript – a treasure in the National Trust's collection. A handwritten cookbook of recipes passed down from generation to generation.

Mrs Lenoard shared her Plum Pudding recipe with the Tuckwell girls before they emigrated to Australia in the 1850s. You can now sample an authentic tried and tested recipe that is over 170 years old.

The National Trust will send you the recipe and ingredients list to help you pre-plan for the cook-along.

Sat, 21 Nov 2020 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Book here.


Salmon en croûte




This session is at Rippon Lea's authentic 1890s kitchen to make delicious seafood à la mode.

Learn how to shuck oysters and make an impressive Salmon en croûte. Sir Frederick Sargood's cook will share her secrets and tips and take you on a historical culinary adventure. Find out about the local culinary history and the fashionable dishes of the day.

Prepare a tray of oysters to amaze your friends, whilst the baked salmon will impress without the hard work.

Again the National Trust sends you the recipe and ingredients beforehand.

Live from the heritage kitchen at Rippon Lea Estate
Sat, 28 Nov 2020 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Book here.


Christmas Cocktails and Canapes



Join Gunda Brunswick in the kitchen at The Heights and recreate a stylish Christmas menu of cocktails and canapes in these 1930s kitchens.

Perhaps you would like to get into your 1930s gear and frilly aprons for this one. It would be a fun activity to do with a couple of friends with cocktails at the end.

Join The Heights Housekeeper Gunda Brunswick as you learn all the 'ins and outs' of hosting the perfect drinks party – 1930s style.

Prepare canapes and drinks for an evening soiree and discover fun facts and untold stories as you are guided through the preparation of these authentic vintage treats.

On the menu are Sardine Canapes, Anchovy Butter, Devilled Almonds complimented by Ginger Cocktails and traditional Christmas Eggnog.

Again the recipe and ingredients list will be sent to help you pre-plan for the cook-along.

Live from the kitchen at the Heights
Sat 5 Dec 2020 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Book here.
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Cost: Free for members - $15 for non members
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