19th - 30th December 2018
As a skilled day labourer Mistress Gabrielle is helping the Shakespeare's household to get ready for their Christmas Celebrations... in the kitchen!
She will present some of the foodstuffs, dishes and ingredients that were used in a 16th century Christmas meal. The more exotic, the more expensive, the better to impress your guests! Gingerbread, Twelth Night cake, mince pies, sugar paste, candied fruits ... as well as where these treasures of spices came from at the time.
But mainly she will be making marchpane (marzipan) by hand, grinding, mixing, measuring, shaping, colouring, even gilding ... and -hopefully- realising a stunning marchpane centrepiece for Master Shakespeare's Christmas table!