Once I was a clever boy learning the arts of Oxford... is a quotation from the verses written by Bishop Richard Fleming (c.1385-1431) for his tomb in Lincoln Cathedral. Fleming, the founder of Lincoln College in Oxford, is the subject of my research for a D. Phil., and, like me, a son of the West Riding. I have remarked in the past that I have a deeply meaningful on-going relationship with a dead fifteenth century bishop... it was Fleming who, in effect, enabled me to come to Oxford and to learn its arts, and for that I am immensely grateful.

Tuesday, 16 February 2021

Swedish Shrovetide Regal overindulgence

One of the YouTube channels I have discovered thanks to lockdown is the rather engaging Tasting History and its presenter Max Miller. He combines history and historic cuisine  in a fairly camp Californian style that both informs and entertains. 

To mark Shrove Tuesday he prepared Semlor, a traditional Swedish dessert associated with not only the day but also, 250 years ago, the death of King Adolphus Frederick I.

The video, complete with cooking instructions and historical background - though I think he is a little hard in his assessment of the monarch who succeeded in 1772, King Gustav III - can be viewed at Semlor: The Dessert That Killed A King

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