Historic Heston

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0120131014

Heston Blumenthal recreates a recipe from the oldest extant cookbook in English.

Heston Blumenthal's name is synonymous with cutting edge cuisine but his inspiration comes from the history of British cooking. In 'Historic Heston' he chooses twenty eight dishes which span from medieval times to the late 19th Century. He takes them apart, then puts them together again with his own inimitable twist, so creating a sublime 21st Century take on ancient delicacies.

Today's recipe comes from 'The Forme of Cury', the oldest extant cookbook in English, which was 'compiled of the chef Maister Cokes of kyng Richard the Secunde.'

Written by Heston Blumenthal

Read by Heston Blumenthal and Hugh Dennis

Abridged and produced by Jane Marshall

A Jane Marshall production for BBC Radio 4.

0220131015

Heston Blumenthal puts his own twist on a 15th-century recipe called Pome Dores.

Heston Blumenthal's name is synonymous with cutting edge cuisine but his inspiration comes from the history of British cooking. In 'Historic Heston' he chooses twenty eight dishes which span from medieval times to the late 19th Century. He takes them apart, then puts them together again with his own inimitable twist, so creating a sublime 21st Century take on ancient delicacies.

Today, Heston describes his version of the 1430 recipe for Pome Dores, a meat parfait disguised as fruit first served at the feast to celebrate the coronation of Henry IV. And he discusses how his own theatrical cuisine is only following in the footsteps of a British culinary tradition that stretches back to medieval times.

Written by Heston Blumenthal

Read by Heston Blumenthal and Hugh Dennis

Abridged and produced by Jane Marshall

A Jane Marshall production for BBC Radio 4.

0320131016

Heston Blumenthal admits that he found the 1660 recipe for quaking pudding irresistible.

Heston Blumenthal's name is synonymous with cutting edge cuisine but his inspiration comes from the history of British cooking. In 'Historic Heston' he chooses twenty eight dishes which span from medieval times to the late 19th Century. He takes them apart, then puts them together again with his own inimitable twist, so creating a sublime 21st Century take on ancient delicacies.

Today, Heston admits that he found the 1660 recipe for Quaking Pudding irresistible. "It is all about the quake." But it is extraordinarily difficult to perfect. Even so, for a chef who has such a passion for the history of British cuisine, our prowess with puddings just can't be ignored.

Written by Heston Blumenthal

Read by Heston Blumenthal and Hugh Dennis

Abridged and produced by Jane Marshall

A Jane Marshall production for BBC Radio 4.

0420131017

Tipsy cake 1858. Heston Blumenthal tells of the historic English obsession with pineapple.

Heston Blumenthal's name is synonymous with cutting edge cuisine but his inspiration comes from the history of British cooking. In 'Historic Heston' he chooses twenty eight dishes which span from medieval times to the late 19th Century. He takes them apart, then puts them together again with his own inimitable twist, so creating a sublime 21st Century take on ancient delicacies.

Today, Heston recounts the English obsession with pineapple, first introduced here at the time of Charles II and later grown by many enthusiasts in the pineapple pits of grand country houses. And as he considers his 21st Century twist on an 1858 recipe for Tipsy Cake, what better fruit could he add?

Written by Heston Blumenthal

Read by Heston Blumenthal and Hugh Dennis

Abridged and produced by Jane Marshall

A Jane Marshall production for BBC Radio 4.

05 LAST20131018

Heston Blumenthal unveils the inspiration for his signature dish of mock turtle soup.

Heston Blumenthal's name is synonymous with cutting edge cuisine but his inspiration comes from the history of British cooking. In 'Historic Heston' he chooses twenty eight dishes which span from medieval times to the late 19th Century. He takes them apart, then puts them together again with his own inimitable twist, so creating a sublime 21st Century take on ancient delicacies.

Today, as an avowed fan of Alice in Wonderland, Heston unveils the inspiration for one of his signature dishes, Mock Turtle Soup. The original recipe for the soup appeared in a cookbook written by the first Professor of Botany at Cambridge University in 1732, but the dish quickly made it into the mainstream and the craze for it lasted well into the Victorian age.

Written by Heston Blumenthal

Read by Heston Blumenthal and Hugh Dennis

Abridged and produced by Jane Marshall

A Jane Marshall production for BBC Radio 4.