Try a taste of trench cake at museum

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YOU can imagine that it must have been welcomed as a little taste of home in the midst of hell.

It was trench cake – a type of fruit cake that, during the First World War, families were encouraged to bake and send to loved ones at the Front.

The government of the day actually made a recipe available for it, which took into account food shortages at the time. It didn’t contain eggs, for instance, so used vinegar and baking powder as the raising agent.

You can taste what it was like next Wednesday, the 10th, when the Discovery Museum in Newcastle – and I like this idea – turns the clock back to 1914 for a special evening of cinema.

A special compilation produced by the British Film Institute recreates the mix of comedies, drama and newsreels that were once part of a typical night out at the beginning of the war.

There’ll also be First World War foodie treats to enjoy –including trench cake.

The doors open at 5.30pm and the show will last about two hours.

Tickets are free but you need to book on-line. Visit