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A Grandmother's Legacy - Walking into Grandmother's kitchen at Christmas - a British Raj lifestyle

Talks - Biography; Talks - History

Event Description

This talk centres around Jenny's family's traditions at Christmas, exploring how the festive season was enjoyed by those who were living under the British Raj. We discover how they used exotic ingredients found in India to produce a different kind of cuisine. Through the pages of the old cookery book dating back to 1844, we uncover family recipes that were so loved and enjoyed over five generations, which provide a fascinating insight into those unusual recipe names which are alliterative with titles such as Ding Ding Fry and Rumble Tumble! We also get a good idea as to how they entertained, and how their social calendars were filled with tea dances, balls, and social evenings which started on Christmas Eve and went right through to twelfth night.

  • Duration: 60 mins
  • Online Zoom Event: An event held in person
  • Join as an individual or book for private groups up to 300
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Meet The Speaker, Jenny

Jenny’s career has been the culmination of several instinctive paths in her life which have led her to enjoying being an author and now a public speaker. Her years in BBC Television production followed by a career based on travelling around the world re-ignited her passions for cooking, India, research and writing. Jenny manages to bring to light the personal stories behind five generations of her ancestors who lived out in India during the British Raj. Her stories are brought to life spectacularly with a treasure trove collection of family sepia photographs which go back to 1865.

Preparing for the Event

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We also recommend that pets are either calmly sitting on your lap or in another room, and any refreshments you may require are within your reach!