The Attic (a name which commemorates our first physical location) is, first and foremost, a site for the research students of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester: a virtual community which aims to include all students, be they campus-based and full-time, or distance-learning and overseas. But we welcome contributions from students of museum studies - and allied subject areas - from outside the School and from around the world. Here you will find a lot of serious stuff, like exhibition and research seminar reviews, conference alerts and calls for papers, but there's also some 'fluff'; the things that inspire, distract and keep us going. After all, while we may be dead serious academic types, we're human too.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Museum Cookery

I took Amy at her word, and present the fist (I think?) installment of The Attic's Museum Cookery course. This is a recipe posted in one of the permanent exhibits in the Lewes Museum (Sussex). I personally think all museums need to provide recipes as part of their curatorial programming. 

Roman Recipe

Sweet Wine Cakes



450g self-raising flour

1 tbspn sweet white wine

a pinch of aniseed

a pinch of cumin

50g lard

25g grated cheese

1 beaten egg

12 bay leaves



Moisten the flour with the wine and add the aniseed and cumin. Rub in the lard and grated cheese and bind the mixture with egg. Shape into 12 small cakes and place each one on a bay leaf. Bake in the oven at gas mark 6, 400 F (200 C) for about 25-30 minutes.

If you actually make this, let us know how it turned out!

1 comment:

Amy said...

Oh fantastic!! For non-Leicester people, to explain, I jokingly requested 'museum-based cookery' items for the blog last week. But, I really do think you could be onto to something here Julia. Perhaps a recipe a week? :D