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17 January 2013

Geffrye Museum history lesson is food for thought

TASTE recipes taken from 500 years of British cookbooks at a unique one-off restaurant night at Geffrye Museum.

Creative catering company Funthyme has come up with an innovative history lesson offering five courses of forgotten meals in the Kingsland Road interior museum.

On the night 50 guests will explore Geffrye’s middle-class home displays examining the 17th century life to today, then seat for some fine dining meals taken from each century. Dishes will be introduced by Kate Colquhoun, author of Taste: The story of Britain through its cooking.

Soused breast of veal, saute of sole with sauce a la Reine and downtrodden dogsbody Baldrick’s favourite meal – turnip soup – feature among dishes served.

Funthyme owner Matt Phelps said: “We went through the recipe books and took a meal from each century, but used a modern take on our versions. Actually if you cooked some of the foods in the same way and in the conditions of a 17th century kitchen, it probably wouldn’t be that appetising.”

'Food through the ages' takes place on 7 February, costs £55 - which includes a five-course meal - and guests can bring their own drinks.

Tickets can only be purchased in advance by calling 020 7739 9893; or e-mailing bookings@geffrye-museum.org.uk

Geffrye Museum will offer a five-course feast of old British recipes (photo: Jayne Lloyd)

Geffrye Museum will offer a five-course feast of old British recipes (photo: Jayne Lloyd)

Geffrye Museum will offer a five-course feast of old British recipes (photo: Jayne Lloyd)

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