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A Tudor Feast at Christmas was a one-
The programme was filmed at Haddon Hall where the usual team is joined by Marc Meltonville and Hugh Beamish.
Much of the action takes place in the kitchen complex where there were different rooms for different purposes. Peter starts work lighting the fire under the copper while Alex gets to work in the bakery.
All of the work in the kitchen is done by men. Intriguingly, this is because men were paid more. So having male staff was a status symbol. Ruth first demonstrates the kind of work that women would do -
Of course cooking is only part of the picture. Before you can roast your wild boar, you have to catch it. So Alex and Peter head down the road to nearby Syndnope Hall Farm where Anthony Salt has reintroduced Wild Boar. There’s no hunting to be seen, of course. This is a farm.
A form os hunting is seen later when Peter and Richard try to catch some trout in the river.
Read more about Tales from the Green Valley and where it was filmed.
Haddon Hall is a beautiful fortified manor house dating, in parts, back to the 12th Century. It lay empty for over 200 years from 1700 until it was restored by the Duke and Duchess of Rutland in the 1920s. It has an impressive CV as a location for television and film productions and is open to the public. You can find out more on the Haddon Hall website.
Syndnope Hall itself was home to Charles Darwin’s uncle. It is not open to the public, having been converted into residential apartments during the 1990s
Marc Meltonville is an expert in this kind of cooking. This is almost the day job for him. He runs the kitchens at Hampton Court Palace which operates 50 days a year as it would have done during the time of King Henry VIII.
After spending the day preparing some of the meat for the feast -
The centrepiece is Peacock pie ‘spitting fire from its beak’
Spit roasted wild venison; spit roasted wild boar.
Fried Chicken; fried black pudding
Sweets and puddings.
Bread & toast.
(And probably more that I didn’t catch.)
‘A Tudor Feast at Christmas is not available on DVD but it will be showing over Christmas 2013 on the Good Food channel (Sky 247/Virgin 260).
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