In case you should find yourselves in need of a little light reading or listening while you await the cooking or digesting of your dinner, or avoid the cleaning up thereof, I give you the following little treats.
Christmas Past and Christmas Present: the podcast.
I recently took part in a program on ABC Radio National on the subject of the traditional Christmas dinner. I was honoured to share air-time with the marvellous Australian cook, food writer, television personality Maggie Beer. You can download the podcast HERE.
Please enjoy a slice of Christmas Pie HERE. My book Pie: A Global History gets a mention in this delightful Christmas e-card (middle wedge on the left), but please do start with the lovely music in the top right, and work your way around, slice by slice.
Historic Christmas Menus.
The menu of Queen Victoria’s Christmas Dinner in 1899 is HERE.
Christmas in Faraway Places: menus from explorers and travellers from a previous blog post are HERE.
The menu of Christmas dinner held by the Duke of Buckingham in 1808, and attended by the exiled French King Louis XVIII is HERE.