Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Merry Christmas

Saturday, 18 December 2010

George I's Christmas Pudding

George I, the pudding King, was served this pudding on Christmas Day 1714. The recipe makes one large or two small puddings.

3/4lb shredded suet
1/2lb stoned prunes
1/2lb mixed peel, cut into strips
1/2lb small raisins
1/2lb seedless sultanas
1/2lb currants
1/2lb sifted self-raising flour
1/2lb demerera sugar
1/2lb brown breadcrumbs
1/4lb dates
1/4lb glace cherries
1 tsp mixed spice
half a nutmeg, grated
half a dozen eggs, beaten to a froth
5 fl oz milk
the juice of half a lemon
1 large wineglass of brandy

Mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl with a teaspoon of salt. Mix and stir in the eggs, milk, lemon juice and brandy. Stand for thirteen hours in a cool place then turn into buttered basins. Boil for six hours. On Christmas Day, boil for a further two hours before serving. To boil: cover the basins with buttered greaseproof paper or foil, then secure each one with a cloth, tied tightly round the top of the bowl with a piece of string. Stand in a fish kettle or separately in large saucepans. Fill the pans with water which should reach halfway up the bowls. Top up from time to time with boiling water.

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

2 for 1 memberships - great for Christmas

From today until 16 December we're offering 2 for 1 on Georgian Group memberships  - an excellent way to solve the present-buying problem with a thoughtful gift that will provide interest, enjoyment and stimulation all year long.

New members will receive a personalised card, a full-colour 80-page magazine and journal and a copy of a fascinating illustrated guide to Georgian fireplaces, just right for a fireside read over the Christmas holidays. And for the rest of the year they will have access to our clubroom, reference library and exclusive events programme giving opportunities to visit country houses and other Georgian buildings not open to the public.

Simply order online from the comfort of your own home

If you want to make one of the memberships a gift, just fill in the gift section on the order form. Or you can make both memberships gifts - just fill in the gift section for the first person on the online form and submit the form, then email us the name and address of the second person, together with any personal message, at office@georgiangroup.org.uk, calling the email 'Gift membership'. Make sure you order no later than 16 December for delivery to UK addresses (10 December for overseas addresses).