Happy Birthday to the amazing Jane Austen!
Along with many other Jane Austen fans, bloggers, and authors, we want to take a moment to offer a gift in celebration of Jane Austen's Birthday. One of the things I thought would be interesting to share a bit about today was the food that Austen would have been eating in her day. What might have been shared around the table in celebration of her birthday? Other than customary roasts of beef, chicken, partridge, lamb, etc., we would find lovely breads, marmalade, and soups. What about the birthday cake?
Although the birthday cake as we know it today probably did not really gain popularity until near the end of Austen's life or just after, cakes and puddings in celebration of special occasions have existed since the Ancient Romans. In that case, what kind of cakes existed in Jane Austen's day? According to "The Jane Austen Centre," she might have enjoyed a Pound or Gingercake, a Boiled Pudding or Fruit Trifle, or even pie or cookie. Regardless of the exact treat, I thought I'd share a couple of the recipe links here for you to check out and maybe try out over the holidays this year.
Christmas Fruit Cake
Just a Trifle
Rich Pound Cake
Although fruit and nuts might have been more along the line of what they would have served for dessert, these delicious sweet treats were around in Austen's day and might have graced her table on her birthday, at some point.
In celebration of Jane Austen's birthday, a number of us are going to be offering up wonderful treats and giveaways of our own.
For the Giveaway: I have a number of Austen-themed books that include: The Trials of the Honorable F. Darcy, Prom and Prejudice, and more! I'd like to share these books in a nice grab bag to one person in the U.S. or Canada. All you have to do is leave a comment, along with your name and email address where you can be reached. The giveaway will close on December 23rd at midnight.
For other great posts and giveaways, please visit the following blogs and sites:
Sharon Lathan (Austen Author)
O! Beauty Unattempted!
First Draft (Cindy S. Jones, Austen Author)
The Heroine's Bookshelf
The Fiction vs. Reality Smackdown
Regina Jeffers (Austen Author)
Jane Austen in Vermont
Jane Started It!
Choc Lit Authors' Corner
Reading, Writing, Working, Playing
The Jane Austen Film Club
El Salon de Te de Jane
Kaitlin Saunders (Austen Author)
Patrice Sarath (Austen Author)
Jane Austen Brasil
Jane Austen Sequels (Jane Odiwe, Austen Author)
Jennifer W. Becton
Urban Girl Takes Vermont
Pemberley Variations (Abigail Reynolds, Austen Author)
My Jane Austen Book Club
Check them out! There are amazing giveaways going on in celebration of Austen's birthday today.
Thanks to Maria Grazia, of My Jane Austen Book Club, & Katherine Cox, of November's Autumn for hosting and putting together this great event.