In my previous "stepping back" post, my blogging friend Melissa asked if there was anything else I did at the living history museum besides candlemaking. The answer is yes. I teach hearth cooking. On this particular day I taught three groups of children how to make shortbread the 18th century way. While I didn't take any pictures of the class in session (too busy), I was able to take some photos of my prep before the students arrived.
This is my workmate Gail. She's on the lookout for the visitors.
My recipe book, or "receipt" book as it would have been called in the 18th century.
Setting up ingredients. Note the cone sugar in blue paper. This is how sugar was sold in colonial times.
Detail of the dresser with pewter spoons
All the modern conveniences!
See the board with ridges? That is known as "ye olde washing machine".
Pre-heating the dutch ovens. This is where we will bake the shortbread.
Hot smoky water to wash the dishes in...
...icy cold water to rinse.