The Ely Cookery Lectures By Alison Sloane

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Food throughout history has had a huge effect on the culture and development of nations from the Irish potato famine to the success of conquering armies to the introduction of spices from the East.

To celebrate this impact, Oliver Cromwell’s House in Ely is running a series of cookery themed lectures throughout the year from local food historian, chef, lecturer and writer, Alison Sloan.

Alison will be spending two hours with her audience; this will include a talk, cookery demonstration and then the chance to eat what has been made during the refreshment break. Recipe cards are also provided to recreate the dishes at home.

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The first lecture will be on Tuesday 24th April between 2.00–4pm and will discuss ‘The History of Afternoon Tea’. Visitors will hear about the history of afternoon tea and then see a selection of mouth-watering cakes and savouries made.

Tracey Harding, Tourism and Events Officer at East Cambridgeshire District Council, said: ”The course of human history has been affected by many things such as religion and commerce but food has also made a significant impact. Wars have been won and lost on the supply of sustenance as recognised by Napoleon when he said ‘An army marches on its stomach.’ The lectures at Oliver Cromwell’s House may not be that life or death but they will certainly make you think.

“Alison Sloan, the leading historian, will be leading her audiences through a number of food related topics over the year. She will start with the history of afternoon tea in April followed by the power of flowers in traditional and modern day cooking in June; Mrs Cromwell’s Kitchen in September and a look at the importance of spices in cookery in November.”

About Alison Sloane

Alison Sloan is renowned for her Cookery Lectures and Workshops which she runs up and down the country at a variety of venues and attractions.