Friday, September 2, 2011

Jam Roly-Poly

While writing book 3, 'Beyond the Valley', in the Daughters of the Potomac Series, I had to do a bit of research on the kinds of foods they ate in Cornwall, England in the late 18th century.

Jam Roly-Poly was one I came across, and it looks delicious. Most claim this dessert was made popular in the 19th century Victorian era. But who is to be sure when it comes to recipes passed down in families.

I won't be using this food in my novel, just to be on the safe side historically. But I'll save it in case I need it for a future book set in the Jam Roly-Poly era.

Traditionally, Jam Roly-Poly was made with suet. But this recipe from Bon Appetit is made with butter. . . my preference.


A J Hawke said...

I love to research for my historical westerns and food is one part that is fascinating. Many of the recipes from Europe were carried across the ocean by immigrants so I use different ones in my writing. That said, this is a new recipe for me and one I want to try. I usually try them out on my Monday Evening Ladies Bible study first, bless their hearts. The only one they have ever truly turned up their noses at was Pinto Bean Pie. :>) Looking forward to reading Beyond The Valley.
By the way, I like the look of your blog.
A J Hawke

Rita Gerlach said...

Thanks for the comment, AJ. I imagine some of those recipes carried by immigrants from Europe are delicious!

It does my heart good when someone tells me they look forward to reading one of my books. Bless you for that!

StacieHope365 said...


Just to let you know I just finished Surrender the Dawn on my Kindle. I am so glad it was offered for free because I have never read any of your works. I am anticipating February when your next one comes out. You have a way of writing with romance, intrigue and the perfect amount of historical detail. I am adding you to my list of favorite authors! Which means I try to read all they have written. Keep up the great works of fiction!!

Rita Gerlach said...

Dear Staci,

Thank you so much for reading my novel, and for the kind words. It means a lot to me. I am so excited about the 'Daughters of the Potomac Series' launch in February with book 1, 'Before the Scarlet Dawn'. Have you seen the cover?

Anyway, book 2, Beside Two Rivers, is with my editor and is in production to be out in September 2012. I am currently writing the third book in the series and having a great time doing it.

If you have time, please post a comment on Amazon.

Thanks again!