Busy medieval bread making at my GROW course on Food Through the Ages

Certificate from Reading University and Historic Royal Palaces on a History of Royal Food and Feasting

Delight at finding my 1960s The Jimmy Young Cookbook at the Lincoln Heritage Food Festival. Memories of childhood food!

Display of vintage kitchenalia for recent Food Reminiscing Event in Market Deeping for people living with Dementia

Dot's Quaker Oat Scones from Aunt Margaret's Pudding by Alison Brackenbury

Elizabethan Filo Parcels

Fabulous Pinnies donned for my Food Through the Ages GROW course

Gran's Boiled Fruit Cake for the Great Family Recipe Share, Lincoln Food Heritage Festival

Lincoln Heritage Food Festival Traditional Smokehouse

Lincolnshire Scotch Eggs as featured in my recipe for Bon Appetit and The Lincolnshire Echo

Members of North Scarle WI celebrating their first, they won at the 2019 Lincolnshire County Show.

Off the Beeton Track

Oliver at the BBC studios with Amy Claridge, presenter of Lincolnshire Kitchen

Sibsey WI

South Ormsby Hall Georgian Food Workshop

South Ormsby Hall Georgian Food Workshop

Southrey Woods Food History of Lincolnshire Limewoods

Thank you to Emma Kay Food Historian and respected author for her contribution to Lincoln Heritage Food Festival Recipe Share

Workshop on food history for Heritage Lincolnshire

Sadie Hirst food history talks, workshops, recipes and demonstrations

Thank you for visiting my website.

I am a public speaker, historical cookery tutor, demonstrator on the subject of food history and run Food Reminiscing Events for people living with conditions such as Dementia. I offer a variety of presentations to community groups, history and heritage societies, museums, Dementia Support Groups and more. I am a keen collector of vintage and antiquarian cookery books, manuscript recipes and an extensive range of rare "pots and pans" material culture and use these items from my personal collection for my presentations, workshops and demonstrations.

I am a freelance food writer, for national newspapers and write a regular food column in The Lincolnshire Echo, The Target Series and Retford Times. I'm also the recipe contributor for the fastest growing local publications - Wolds Scene and Lincs Scene. My recipes are always inspired by my love of vintage and antiquarian cookbooks and my passion for good local Lincolnshire produce, seasonality, foraging and sometimes long forgotten traditions and festivals. So often our traditions and celebrations are intrinsically linked to feasting and food - Christmas, Easter, Bonfire Night.........and I love to share recipes that bring all of these elements together and most importantly are reliable, delicious and have stood the test of time.

I'm delighted to have recently been appointed as a Lincolnshire County Council GROW Course Tutor, delivering my "Food Through the Ages" courses. Offering an insight into many different aspects of food history and includes practical historical cookery demonstrations. The next two day course is being held at Horncastle Masonic Hall on Tuesday 24th  and 31st March 2020. Places are getting booked up fast, for further details and if you would like to attend, please contact Heritage Lincolnshire on 01529 461499. 

I work regularly with the fantastic charity Heritage Lincolnshire, especially their amazing Layers of History project. I've delivered historical cookery workshops on Medieval, Georgian, WW1 and WW2 eras, Taste of Christmas Past and Food History of the Lincolnshire Limewoods.  For details and to register your interest, please visit their website www.heritagelincolnshire.org

There is growing awareness and recognition in the benefits of Food Reminiscing Events for people living with conditions such as Dementia. Kitchen items, recipes, food products, packaging and cookbooks from the 1940's onwards are powerful tools to evoke happy memories and triggers to engage in discussion and reminiscing. I am currently working with Heritage Lincolnshire to deliver a series of Food Reminiscing Workshops. The first one  took place in Market Deeping and was a huge success and well received, this was specifically working with people living with early onset of Dementia.  I recently gained my certificate in Dementia Awareness training with Heritage Lincolnshire, to gain further knowledge and insight into the ways in which Food Reminiscing Events can benefit the community and those living with these conditions. If you work or care for a group of people who you feel would benefit from a Food Reminiscing Event, please do get in touch with me to discuss this via email spanglythings@gmail.com The next event will be held at Belton Woods Golf Course on the 18th February 2020. Contact Heritage Lincolnshire for further details.

For fifteen years my Husband and I owned RJ Hirst Family Butchers in Woodhall Spa, up until August 2018, specialising in recreating historical Lincolnshire dishes. We received many prestigious awards during this time, including Select Lincolnshire Retailer of the Year, Producer of the Year and Business of the Year.  We were also the Regional Finalist twice for the Countryside Alliance "Rural Oscars" Best Butchers for the East of England. My experience, knowledge and proven track record as a multi award winning artisan baker and owner of a very successful food business, gives a strong foundation to my historical cookery teaching and the food offered as part of my presentations, workshops and demonstrations. This includes all tasters and ingredients being prepared in my registered ELDC 5 star hygiene rated kitchen and complies with current food safety legislation. 

I hold a current  Enhanced DBS Certificate, am fully insured and safeguarding compliant, with accredited certification in Safeguarding Adults and Children, Home Office Prevent Training, Awareness of Domestic Abuse and Violence and Embedding Equality and Diversity.

If you would like to discuss working with me to deliver a presentation, demonstration, workshop or course for your organisation - please email me at spanglythings@gmail.com

I am currently studying full time for a  Master's Degree in Heritage Education at Bishop Grosseteste University, so it is advisable to please contact me as far in advance as possible to discuss your requirements. This will enable me to accommodate your dates, if possible.  I am fully booked up until March 2021, but have some availability onwards.

  For daily updates, please follow me on Twitter Sadie Hirst@sadiemhirst or Sadie Hirst on Instagram, or keep checking on my website. Please email spanglythings@gmail.com to contact me directly to discuss your requirements. If you recreate some of my recipes at home, I would love to hear from you and please post and share your pics and tag me on Twitter or Instagram. If you would like to use my recipes for anything other than personal use, please contact me for permission first, thank you.

Here are the current range of food history presentations, workshops, demonstrations, historical cookery events that  I offer. If you would like to discuss a bespoke event for your organisation, please do get in touch. If I'm able to accommodate your requirements, I will happily do so.

GROW Course Tutor on "Food Through the Ages", a one or two day course covering many aspects of food history, cookery books and hands on historical cookery demonstrations.

Food Reminiscing Event for people living with conditions such as Dementia. 

Historical Cookery Workshops with Heritage Lincolnshire. Please visit their website www.heritagelincolnshire.org for details of forthcoming courses and events.

"Wool, Water and Wood" - Exploring the food history and ancient foodways of the Lincolnshire Limewoods and the Monastic Houses of the Witham Valley, from the Mesolithic Period to early 20th century.

"Off the Beeton Track", which explores the ubiquity of cookery books from the past as a unique form of literature and how cookery books represent much more than a collection of recipes and techniques. There is also the opportunity to see original rare antiquarian cookbooks from the 17th century onwards and a look at how these early cookbooks and authors offer an insight into social, political and culinary history and heritage.  I bring along a display of cookbooks and also vintage and antique kitchenalia.  

 "Much Ado About Food". With this talk we look at food history from the Neolithic Period to Elizabethan, explored through books, herbs, spices and "pots and pans material culture". I bring a range of kitchenalia from the past to display, along with rare antiquarian cookery books. 

 "Food of WWI - Bully Beef to Ticklers Jam".  Covering the food of the British Army and Homefront, explored through cookbooks and a collection of material culture of the period. 

"Tea, Taxes and Turmoil, Food and Drink of Georgian Britain" . This is a look at the fascinating Georgian era and the food and kitchen innovations of the period, explored through rare antiquarian cookbooks and "pots and pans" material culture. 

I offer a seasonal presentation called "A Taste of Christmas Past". This is a culinary whirl from the medieval 12 day festival of Christmas, the pagan origins of many of our customs and traditions, through to the festive fayre of the Tudor, Georgian and Victorian eras. 

All presentations are approximately 45 minutes to one hour duration, with time for questions afterwards and the opportunity to look at my items on display.

My only requirements are at least twelve feet in length of table space please, preferably against a wall and a glass of water. I would also need a parking space nearby to the venue to get all of my display items in and about 45 minutes to set everything up. A full address of your venue including postcode for satnav is also needed and access time please.

Please note that I am deaf and rely on lip reading, bilateral hearing aids and Roger Pen. English is my first language and not British Sign Language. 

I'm very excited to announce that I am currently studying Full time for a  Masters Degree in Heritage Education at Bishop Grosseteste University. This very much ties in with my passion for sharing and working with groups teaching historical cookery and food history and heritage. This Masters course will enable me to move this forward, widen my knowledge, research skills and learning.  

Studying the past through the lens of food history and old cookbooks, has led to many interesting projects, following are some examples of what I have been fortunate enough to be involved in.

On Monday 10th February 2020 Heritage Lincolnshire organised a series of events to tie in with their restoration of The Old Kings Head in Kirton. A fine example of Lincolnshire architecture from the late 16th century to mid 17th century. You can find out more by visiting their website. www.heritagelincolnshire.org. I delivered a special event at Hubberts Bridge Community Centre, demonstrating and talking about food from that era. I demonstrated four dishes, including Hannah Wolley's Almond Cakes from 1664, Mayflower Pilgrim Biscuits, that were allegedly taken on the 1620 voyage. This year marks the 400th anniversary, with lots of events taking place here and over the pond. Gainsborough and Boston have strong links to the Puritan Separatists Pilgrims. I highly recommend a visit to the Guildhall in Boston, where you can see the cells where the Mayflower Pilgrims were held and more about their fascinating history. I demonstrated how to make historic bread and homemade butter and we enjoyed tasters of these dishes during breaktime, followed by a presentation on food of the 17th century, explored through cookbooks and material culture.

A couple of months ago I had the pleasure of working with Heritage Lincolnshire again at the very atmospheric Southrey Church. www.heritagelincolnshire.org We had a terrific group who came along to my presentation on ancient and medieval foodways of the Lincolnshire Limewoods and the impact of the monasteries along the Witham Valley. This relates to the excellent work that is being done by Heritage Lincolnshire and other organisations in an around Bardney Limewoods to make the woods more accessible to different groups. My talk explored food history from the early farmers of the Neolithic Period and how the forest resources were shaped and used. We then looked at the impact of the unusually high number of monasteries located along the ancient trading route of the River Witham. This was such an interesting chapter in our local food history, that I have added it on to my menu of presentations for other groups to enjoy. 

My presentation concluded a series of projects run by Heritage Lincolnshire and the People's Partnership in Southrey Woods. I had the privilege of working with different groups of adults with learning difficulties in the woods in September. We had a magical day exploring food history of the woods and making historical dishes.

An exciting event that I was honoured to be in involved in recently was the Thimbleby Heritage Crafts Day.  A huge thank you to the organisers for inviting me and for everyone who came along on the day to support this local Heritage Open Day event.  I met some fantastic people, who really enjoyed looking at my display of  local cookbooks and vintage kitchenalia. I was delighted how engaged and interested everyone was and how many recipes were taken home! 

Another wonderful event that I thoroughly enjoyed being part of was the Mrs Beeton themed Afternoon Tea at Hemingby Village Hall near Horncastle. I was delighted to present my aptly named talk "Off the Beeton Track", which looked at cook books and cook book authors from history. It was a splendid event and the afternoon tea was amazing. Thank for inviting me and well done on hosting such a terrific local community event.

I was delighted to be invited to return as a guest on BBC Radio Lincolnshire again on Amy Claridges Lincolnshire Kitchen Show. You can catch up with the show here https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p07kkxkk Thank you Amy for having me back on, it is always a pleasure!

 I was interviewed by Richard Davies for the Behind the Bookshelves Podcast. If you enjoy podcasts about books, you're in luck. AbeBooks' podcast series is called Behind the Bookshelves. The idea behind the podcast is to tell the stories behind books and the people who love them. It covers a wide range of topics, and is designed to appeal to anyone who loves reading and adding books to their collection. Here's the link if you would like to have a listen http://cast.rocks/hosting/11770/feeds/IVUTQ.html

Find the Behind the Bookshelves podcast on the following platforms:

The Link to my interview is shown above, if you would like to subscribe to this podcast please click on the link for details https://www.abebooks.com/podcast/index.shtml

I'm delighted to have been asked to submit my top ten cookbooks choices to the 1000 cookbook project. As an avid collector of cookbooks, it was almost impossible to whittle it down, but after much deliberation I managed to do so. This website is an amazing resource if you love cookbooks. Here are my top ten choices https://app.1000cookbooks.com/people/sadie-hirst  Their sister website https://app.ckbk.com/ has just launched too, ckbk enables you to access thousands of recipes, authors, ingredients, cookbooks and ideas.

Thank you for visiting this website, please do keeping checking for forthcoming events and new recipes.

Best wishes, Sadie



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