The other night I had supper that Jane Austen would have approved of: toasted cheese – in all its simplicity.
In 1805, Jane Austen wrote, "We were greatly surprised by Edward Bridge's company...It is impossible to do justice to the hospitality of his attentions towards me; he made a point of ordering toasted cheese for supper, entirely on my account."
To make toasted cheese in period style, I used the following recipe by Martha Lloyd, Jane Austen’s dear friend, who lived with her at Chawton.
Grate the cheese and add it to one egg, a teaspoonful of mustard, and a little butter. Send it up on toast, or in paper trays.
I added some salt and pepper, poured the lot on the bread and roasted the bread in the grill. Voila! A tasty supper was ready - similar to what Jane Austen would have enjoyed having at Chawton.
Interesting to know that Regency people will have enjoyed simple comfort food as much as we do now…
Quote and recipe from: The Jane Austen Centre Online magazine
The recipe is originally from: Hickman, P. (1977). A Jane Austen Household Book. David & Charles, Ltd.