Hi! I’m Anje.
My interest in history was sparked by a creative middle school history teacher, who made history come alive through funny comics, a trip to Colonial Williamsburg, and even running our own Civil War encampment. But it wasn’t until I spent two high school summers as a young interpreter in the kitchens of Upper Canada Village that historical cookery really caught my attention. Since then I have been captivated by the relationship between food and history. I even achieved a Bachelor’s in History and Museum Studies. I’ve also been lucky enough to be able to use my passion for food history as fuel for academic projects, and have been nominated by professors to submit my papers to journals. In 2014 I had an essay on Scottish-Canadian food published in The Great Lakes Journal of Undergraduate History.
This blog chronicles my adventures taking real historical recipes straight from the source and putting them to the test in a modern kitchen. When I’m cooking, I’m constantly problem-solving, whether it’s how much “butter the size of an egg” is or what in the heck galangal might be. I wholeheartedly encourage readers to try their hands at these or other historic recipes too, because I believe that through cooking we can access history in a unique and meaningful way.