This week in history we have been focusing on the Tudors. We have been looking at the different types of foods they ate. We also comparing the foods rich and poor Tudors ate.  The rich Tudors would eat rose petals covered in sugar, marzipan cakes, meats, fish and breads. If they were not given twenty different meat dishes they would be insulted.  King Henry the VIII would eat in a private room but occasionally he would eat in the presence chamber.

Poorer Tudors would sweeten foods with sugar and honey as they were cheaper alternatives and would make vegetable stews called potage thickened with oats.

One of King Henry’s favourite foods to eat were called ‘maid of honour’. Some of the ingredients within these were-

  • Lemon
  • Ground nutmeg
  • Cottage cheese
  • Egg
  • Pastry

So we decided to make some!

Everybody enjoyed measuring and weighing all the ingredients, cracking the eggs and doing some fantastic beating and stirring. Everyone tried some lemon too! – There were a few funny faces.  We weren’t very sure how they would turn out and if anybody would eat them but all the children enjoyed them and they were a hit! – They ate them all up!