Eat like a suffragette: meet the cook who makes dishes from a cookbook written in 1886 that inspired women’s suffrage with recipes for “Rebel Soup” and a “Election Cake”
- Liz Mason has made dishes from the women’s movement
- The Woman Suffrage Cookbook is filled with ‘mind-expanding delicious’ recipes
- Recipes such as ‘Rebel soup’ and ‘Election Cake’ or 50 ways to cook an egg
A chef from Sydney has made dishes that fed the women’s movement.
Liz Mason, from Song Kitchen in central Sydney, was inspired after she opened The Woman Suffrage Cookbook, which was first published in 1886.
In the book she found pages full of ‘stunningly delicious’ recipes such as ‘Rebel Soup’ and ‘Election Cake’.
Mrs. Mason said the cookbook had inspired her as a cook and also as a woman.
At the time, recipe books were topped with propaganda in the struggle to give women the right to vote.
Liz Mason, from Song Kitchen in central Sydney, was inspired after reading The Woman Suffrage Cookbook, first published in 1886
In the book she found pages full of ‘stunningly delicious’ recipes such as ‘Rebel soup’ and ‘Election Cake’
Mrs. Mason called it “cooking farmers.”
“It’s very different from what we’re used to,” she told Daily Mail Australia.
‘There are many different recipes, if you wanted to learn how to cook for an hour and a half, there are 50 ways to do that.
“There is an economic lemon curd … there is a great recipe for a breast stewed in beer.”
Mrs. Mason said she had learned a lot by experimenting with the recipes.
‘It took me a lot of effort to get back to basics, just to learn the processes. These dishes have old-fashioned flavors and a rustic, handmade look. “
The recipe book turned out to be a challenge for Mrs. Mason, because measurements at that time were far from standard – some asked for ‘loaves of sugar’ and ‘caps’ of lemon juice.
Mrs. Mason said she had learned a lot by experimenting with the recipes (photo: Fairy Land Pudding and Lemon Curd dessert)
Song Kitchen is a profit-making restaurant in Sydney, where money is spent on YWCA-funded projects to help victims of domestic violence
“The recipes are not as we are used to – they are more a guide than a step-by-step instruction.”
Mrs. Mason has tested and perfected the recipes for the past six months in preparation for her three-course menu on the occasion of International Women’s Day on 7 March.
What’s on the menu?
Sandwiches with handmade butter
Chest smothered in beer with pickled walnuts
Fairy Land Pudding and Lemon Curd dessert
Her team has been working hard to make all the items all over again – even the butter.
Mrs. Mason’s sous chef was given the heavy task of churning the butter by hand.
“Something that would last ten minutes lasts two hours,” Mrs. Mason laughed.
Ms. Mason said International Women’s Day was the time to remind people of the resilience and fortitude of previous generations of women who fought courageously for gender equality.
To celebrate International Women’s Day on March 7, the restaurant gives diners the chance to taste what food was like in the 19th century, it costs $ 75 per person.
Song Kitchen is a profitable restaurant where money is spent on projects financed by YWCA to help victims of domestic violence.