In the Kitchen with Francatelli, Part One

October 9, 2019

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  • Thanks for this article; I too loved Mr Francatelli. However, before your story, I thought he was a fictional character in the series. So nice to learn, he did exist and how extraordinary to own his cook book.

  • Great article! I left a comment on IG too – I found a reprint of one of his smaller books at Books for Cooks in London, decades ago. It wasn’t until Victoria came on did I have any back story. He’s quite a dish on that show! I was sad when that storyline ended. I’m looking forward to more articles! Thank you!

  • This going to happen in my house tonight. I too love old cookbooks. Especially when they have hand written notes (Mama adds vermouth to this. Papa doesn’t like it) and clipped recipes of the era.

  • Thank you for this interesting article.Just love to wake up and be amused, educated, by this wonderful site. Going to revisit Victoria. Somehow missed the last sessions.

  • Don’t tell me that I’m the only one who read the title & thought Francatelli was Franklin’s alter ego! Interesting read & recipe. I might give that a go.

    • You’re not the only one’

    • Yup;) me too!!

    • Same. Still not sure that he’s not. 😉

  • Very interesting. You mentioned that it seemed to need more liquid and I was wondering if you used Imperial pints which are 20 ozs not the 16 ozs in a US pint. Times three that would be 60 ozs instead of 48. Its worth mentioning in case others want to try this out.

    • An excellent thought, and one that has me slapping my head. Very much worth a try.

  • Franklin, I would happily tickle you under your chin, or better yet, let you feed me. Thank you for being hilarious, and clever.

  • Such a lovely start to my morning, reading this! Thank you Franklin. A bright spot in my day.

  • Interesting! My Ma used to make a similar soup, she just didn’t puree or otherwise muck with the barley. I think that was because she loved barley, and also because I was a picky eater who would not touch mushed up things.

  • Oh, Thank You, thank you, thank you! I just loved reading this! More please!

  • Interesting and fun article, as always! I love recipes with few ingredients yet rich flavor… I have a fish soup recipe from a Moroccan cookbook that includes 5 ingredients (and water) and it’s my favorite soup, year round.

    • Wanda, would you share? I have yet to find a fish soup recipe that I like well enough to eat it often.

  • Wish you had been my history teacher in school. Cooking history is so much more interesting than battles and war.

  • Oh Franklin, I do love you. You have real style. Thanks for adding to the chorus of people who recommend Victoria–I have viewing it to look forward to!

  • This is wonderful! Can’t wait for the next article 🙂

  • Fascinating! Thank you for sharing. I love learning about things from the Victorian era.
    Queen Victoria said something that deeply resonated with me. In describing Balmoral, she said it was “a paradise in the Highlands. All seemed to breathe freedom and peace, and to make one forget the world and its sad turmoils”. I often feel that I need a Balmoral of my own, to forget the world and its sad turmoils.

  • In your first MDK series about cooking, Bettina was a new bride trying to please her husband. You found a panel of husbands to taste test your cooking of Bettina’s recipes. Since Mr. Francatelli was cooking for Queen Victoria, will you, in future articles in this series, have a panel of queens to taste test for you?

    • Lol

  • Yummy article!