A feast for the eyes as Hampton Court Palace offers Tudor Yuletide fayre with cookery vids

By Culture24 Staff | 09 December 2010
a photo of a table laden with fruit, game, herbs and other fayre
Festive Tudor fayre - straight from Henry's table... © Historic Royal Palaces
If you’re already baulking at the thought of traditional Christmas fayre, the nice people at Historic Royal Palaces are offering an intriguing alternative.

Food lovers can now share some of the dishes that graced the table of top Tudor gastronome King Henry VIII and discover his legendary appetite for fine fayre in their own homes.

A series of online Tudor cook-along videos have been filmed in the kitchens of Henry’s famous royal residence, Hampton Court Palace, to offer easy-to-follow, genuine 16th century dishes based on 500-year-old recipes subtly adapted by the palace’s food historians for the modern kitchen.

a photo of pies in a dish
How about a Tudor mince pie?© Historic Royal Palaces
The tempting Tudor recipes on offer include Ryschewys close and fryez, a sweet and spicy 16th century alternative to the Christmas mince pie; Tartes owt of Lente, an indulgent cheese pie and Fylettys en Galentyne, a rich dish of roast pork stewed in caramelised onion gravy.

Guided by Tudor expert cook Robin Mitchener, who is part of the historic kitchens interpretation team at Hampton Court Palace, the videos are planned to complement the hugely popular live Tudor cookery events that take place at the palace monthly.

The kitchens at Hampton Court Palace are the largest surviving Tudor kitchens in the world. In their Tudor heyday, they produced 1,200 meals a day, comprised fifty-five rooms, and were staffed by 200 people.
Just follow these authentic Tudor cookery demonstrations below to create an alternative festive feast or visit www.tudorcookery.com to delve a little deeper into the rich gastronomic world of Henry Tudor.

The next live cookery events take during the festive season between December 27 2010 and January 2 2011, when visitors to the palace can join the cooks in the kitchens as they prepare a feast fit for a king.

Watch the three cook-alongs:

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