During the Victorian era, food and drink were completely different to today’s standard fare. After all, it was during this time when the notorious serial killer Jack the Ripper roamed the streets.
While many people tend to focus on the historical events surrounding this period, others don’t consider exactly what it is that makes it so unique. However, it’s not just the people and the places that contribute to this great period of history. For that reason, we thought that we would share a few Victorian food favourites with you.
What the Ripper’s Victims May Have Eaten
Every Jack the Ripper victim was classed as poor, meaning that they would not have been able to eat some of the meals that we now take for granted. Here are a few meals they may have eaten.
Boiled Beetroot – Plain and simple, this meal was pretty self-explanatory – beetroot that was boiled. It may not sound like the most enjoyable dish, but according to historians, many poor Londoners had to settle for rotten vegetables and potato pairings, making boiled beetroot seem like a luxury in comparison!
Cottage Pie – While this may sound nice, many Victorians simply wouldn’t have had the ingredients to make the meal that we know today. Instead, their version would have consisted mainly of seasonal produce
Bread – Simple as it is, bread was regarded as a meal for many people – though that was only if they were lucky enough to be able to afford some
What the Suspect May Have Eaten
Prince Albert Victor was one Ripper suspect and as a privileged member of society, the chances are that he wouldn’t have eaten the same meals as the killer’s victims. So, here are few meals which are more likely to have graced his table.
Parmesan Soup – This recipe contained almost every ingredient considered to be a luxury during this period. It included savoury custards, cream and cheese
Roast Grouse – Consisting of two grouse, a glass of port, flour and butter, this meal would never be seen in a poor household and was very popular with the rich
Vanilla Ice-Cream and Jelly – Rich in both texture and flavour, these desserts were highly sought after during the Victorian era and would have been a common sight in well-off households
Now that you know what the Victorians used to eat, you’re probably thankful that you weren’t around back then! During this period it’s evident that there was a clear line between the rich and the poor but regardless, it’s still an essential part of history.
In amongst all of this, there is still one question that remains – what did Jack the Ripper eat? Was he rich or was he poor? You decide.