All Things Victorian

All Things Victorian
Victoriana Lady Lisa

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

All Things Victorian Update

It was a productive day in the studios of Cape Ann TV today. I completed the rebuilding of Show #1 - Victorian Overview. 
I reviewed Show #2 - Victorian Fashions. This one should be done.
I then worked on Show #10 - Victorian Baking - and I suspect it will be a better program. I'll review it tomorrow just to make sure.

The whole point of this is that I'm preparing them for upload to MassAccess. At MassAccess, stations from around the Commonwealth will be able to upload All Things Victorian into their system for airing. We think that considering our First Place Award, stations will be more than happy to add ATV to their respective schedules. I'll spend a fair part of the coming year making sure that this happens.

Then we'll go National!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

That Nutty Redhead Getting Nutty In The Cape Ann Gloucester Times

Lisa Griffiths, aka That Nutty Redhead, was the front page feature in the food section of the Gloucester Times newspaper, north of Boston. Heather Atwood of the celebrated blog Food For Thought did the interview and photos.

"It was an honor to be featured, it means a lot to me personally since my ancestors inspired my business, they once owned a candy factory. I inherited my Victorian grandmothers cookbook. In it was a recipe for candied nuts, I tweaked the recipe, added my own gourmet flavors, kept all of the chemicals out and Voila, That Nutty Redhead was born!"

Artwork by artist Josh Stebbins

I'm currenting running a crowdfunding campaign with Kickstarter to raise funds for pro packaging and equipment since Whole Foods Markets is interested in carrying my all natural nut product. If you'd like to read the article-

If you'd like to see the video on Kickstarter and make a donation,( large or small receives award gifts,) click here-

The moral of the story? It's okay to be nutty!!! 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

All Things Victorian TV Show With Victoriana Lady Lisa Wins First Place Award

The Passion Projects LLC is pleased to announce that their cable TV program All Things Victorian has won the First Place Award for a Profile Talk Show in the Alliance For Community Media in the north east region, which includes all of New England and New York.

John Thomas Grant, show creator and co-producer, along with Lisa Griffiths (aka Victoriana Lady) wanted to bring Victoriana Lady's Traveling Museum Programs to the public via TV. Cape Ann TV, north of Boston, loved the concept and gave Grant and Griffiths creative freedom to develop the show, which began filming in November of 2013.

Each episode visits a different topic based on the Victorian era,  The Edwardian era, and also Steampunk, which are closely related. The Edwardians were a branch off of Queen Victoria's tree and many of the fashions and manners will still in use.

 A scene from Victorian Supestitions

Steampunk, where the Victorian era meets the future, is based on the era of steam travel. It encompasses literature, art, design, fashion, and music just to name a few. Victoriana Lady Lisa has a hardcover book entitled, International Steampunk Fashions, by Schiffer Publishing Ltd. and has just filmed an episode on a fantastic Steampunk exhibition curated by Bruce Rosenbaum of ModVic Designs.

The Humachine Time Machine by H.G. Wells by Bruce Rosenbaum from Springfield Museum, MA

Many exciting shows are planned in the upcoming year which will include genealogy, wet plate photography, the art of Victorian scrapbooking, Victorian architecture, B&B's, antique shops around New England, and much more. Stay tuned!

You can watch the episodes at
They are also posted to Youtube under All Things Victorian.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Victorian Baking Recipes From Victoriana Lady Lisa's All Things Victorian TV Program

Greetings Ladies & Gentleman,

I invite you to come with me into the kitchen and go back in time, if you will, to make some recipes that Queen Victoria herself enjoyed. These are the recipes for Balmoral Shortbread, Lavender Scones, and Orange Marmalade Tea Bread from a recent episode of All Things Victorian.

The weekly 1/2 hour program is currently filmed at Cape Ann TV, north of Boston, and on location in and around the north shore of MA.

The Alliance for Community Media northeast region video awards just notified co producer John Grant and myself that we have been awarded the prestigious 1st place honor for a profile talk show in the New England & New York regions.

To read more-

To watch episodes of All Things Victorian as they are added, click on link and then on Playlist-

Let's get started, shall we?

Balmoral Shortbread - A daily favorite of Queen Victoria, recipe is directly from the royal kitchens.

1 cup softened butter
1/2 cup sugar
2 & 1/2 cups flour

Place the softened butter and sugar in a bowl and cream together with a mixer. Sieve in the flour and using the fingertips gently work the flour into the butter mixture, adding flour a little at a time to make a soft dough.

Take small pieces of the dough and roll out thinly. Take a glass, or cookie cutter about 3-3 & 1/2" in diameter, and cut out the dough until all is used. Prick the surface of each shortbread cookie with a fork so they bake evenly.
Put the cookies on a greased baking tray and bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes. Do not let edges get brown. Oven times may vary so it's best to do a test cookie first.

Shown: Balmoral Shortbread & Orange Marmalade Tea Bread

English Marmalade Tea Bread: A delicious sweet bread perfect with tea

1 cup butter
1 & 1/2 cups sugar
3 cups cake flour
1 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. cream of tartar
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup Orange Marmalade
1/2 raisins

Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time and beat well after each one. Sift the dry ingredients together and set aside.
Combine the sour cream and orange marmalade in a separate bowl. Add the dry ingredients and the marmalade mixture alternately to the creamed butter mixture. Fold in the raisins.

Bake in two well greased loaf pans for 55-60 minutes at 350 degrees. Pour the marmalade sauce over the warm bread  while still in the pans.
Allow the bread to cool, remove from the pan. Wrap securely in plastic wrap or foil to be refrigerated or frozen. The tea breads cut best if they are chilled first.

Marmalade Sauce:

1 cup orange Marmalade
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup water
1 tsp. lemon juice
1/4 cup sherry or 1/2 cup rum (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Heat to just under the boiling point. Simmer for 5-10 minutes.
This is poured on the warm tea bread once it comes out of the oven.

Lavender Scones:

2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 stick cold butter, cubed
1/2 cup heavy cream with 1 egg beaten in it
2 Tbsp. organic pesticide free dried lavender

Add dry ingredients and mix well with a whisk. Rub lavender buds between your fingers to release the fragrance and add to flour mixture. Add cubed butter and with a pastry cutter (or you can use a food processor) cut the butter in with the dry ingredients, until it resembles cor meal.
Finally add the egg cream mixture and stir with a fork until it begins to blend. Finish mixing the dough by hand JUST until it is blended. DO NOT over work the dough or you will have tough scones.

Pinch a piece of dough about the size of a half dollar and put on an un-greased baking sheet.

Butter baste:
Melt a 1/2 stick of butter. taste a pastry brush and coat the top of the scones. Top with finishing sugar (it looks like sea salt with larger granules). bake at 400 degrees for 7-8 minutes.

Shown: Lavender Scones

I hope you enjoy these recipes. Cheerio!!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Victorian Grandmother's Recipe Inspires That Nutty Redhead Praline Gourmet Nuts

Victorian Grandmother Ella Mae Martin's Recipe Inspires That Nutty Redhead Praline Gourmet Nuts

My Maternal Victorian era Grandmother Ella Mae Martin, the inspiration for That Nutty Redhead Praline Gourmet Nuts 

Candied nuts in the Victorian era were called *Burnt Almonds.* Here's the recipe that my Praline nuts are based on from my maternal Grandmother Ella Mae Martin's cookbook. Grandma knew best!

 Ella Mae Martin's circa 1900 cookbook and hand written recipes.

 Ella Mae as a young girl on right, and as an older woman on left, with recipe for Burnt Almonds marked with an X.

 Ella Mae's father, Samuel J. Martin, was a Quarter Master Sergeant in the Union Army during the Civil War. Her children grew up to own a candy factory in PA. I learned to bake, cook, and make confections at any early grade school age.  I have many of the original family recipes, my ancestors inspired all that I do. You could say that I'm picking up where my family left off.
Ella Mae's parents emigrated from England in the early1850's.

I currently have a Kickstarter entreprenuer project to raise capital for another nut machine and bar code/nutrition printed pacakging, to keep up with the growing demand. Whole Foods is interested in my all natural, GMO FREE nut blends.

I greatly appreciate if you can support me in any way! I have wonderful backer rewards and each person will get 10% off all orders once the campaign is successfully funded.
Thanks for your kind support!!

That Nutty Redhead is honored to be a Kickstarter Staff Pick!! Click here for details: 

Note: You are not charged until the project reaches its goal successfully. 
Support with confidence, Kickstarter makes all projects accountable to their project plan.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Victoriana Lady Lisa/That Nutty Redhead Kickstarter Project Goes Live!!

Victoriana Lady aka That Nutty Redhead - Frosted Praline Gourmet Nuts launches Kickstarter project!!

 ***UPDATE-   Just 2 days into launch, my project is now a Kickstarter Staff Pick favorite!!***

 I love meeting customers at the farmers markets and store tastings!

 Whole Foods market, and several other markets, want to carry my all natural,  GMO free gourmet nuts. They're based on a recipe from my Victorian grandmother Ella Mae Martin's cookbook. Mine are kettle steamed, not roasted, for a softer, fresher nut product that is also easier on your teeth. Just as you steam vegetables to keep the nutrients in, I steam the raw almonds & cashews, then add mouthwatering all natural spices and flavors.
 I have 24 stores and farm markets on the Northshore of MA, and counting, plus Miller Winery in Va that sells my product! My gourmet nut blends are a delicious all natural product, GMO corn syrup free and contain no dairy, soy, gluten, wheat, eggs, peanuts, preservatives, trans fat oils, and never anything artificial. I say, "Snack Healthy!!"

 Please join me as I raise the required professional UPC/nutrition label packaging, another nut glazing machine, supplies, and working capital to make this dream a reality!!!!

Every dollar counts!!!! Please pledge early, it gets the attention of the Kickstarter folks. I have wonderful thank you rewards too, so check it out!! You can even be a guest on my award winning cable TV program All Things Victorian. :)

 Thank you all so much for your support!!!

Let's do this, together we can!!!!!!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Victoriana Lady Lisa's Program All Things Victorian Wins First Place Award For Local Talk Show!

***Drum roll please!!!!!!!!

John Grant, and Lisa Griffiths, aka Victoriana Lady, aka (That Nutty Redhead - Praline Gourmet Nuts) won FIRST PLACE for Profile Talk Show for their weekly program All Things Victorian!!!!

 A clip from the award winning show on Victorian Accessories. Victoriana Lady Lisa is shown wearing and displaying some of her large antique clothing & accessories from her private traveling museum collection. She began collecting at age 15 after she learned through a genealogy search that her maternal grandfather was a Quarter Master Sergeant in the Civil War.

 A Passion Projects production, Lisa Griffiths and John Grant will attend the Alliance for Community Media Awards ceremony on Oct. 11th in NH. It's a prestigious regional award including all of New England and New York. They're absolutely honored and delighted! The weekly program airs on Cape Ann TV in MA. They wish to thank Erich Archer, Lisa Smith, Jim Capillo, and everyone at Cape Ann TV for their  hard work and support.

All Things Victorian was the creation of business, and life partners, Lisa Griffiths and John Grant, both published authors. John Grant is also a professional photographer. His book Final Thoughts- Eternal Beauty in Stone is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or can be ordered from your local book seller. John was working on book number two about Civil War Letters, many from his personal collection, when he put his career on hold to help Lisa launch her gourmet nut business, which is based on her Victorian grandmother's recipe. 

Logo designed by artist Josh Stebbins
That Nutty Redhead is a unique kettle steamed (not roasted/fried) process of almonds & cashews in 4 mouthwatering flavors. Sales are brisk, stores continue to be added, and Whole Foods is interested in the nut product.

All Things Victorian covers all aspects of the Victorian era, such as food, fashion, literature, architecture, and much more, from 1837-1901. The Edwardian era, circa 1901-1910, a branch off of Queen Victoria's tree, is also touched upon during the series.

Illustration of Victoriana Lady Lisa by Joseph Hernandez

The Passion Projects LLC was named as such because John and Lisa are both so passionate about their art, creating, and doing what they love. With that said, their advice is to follow your dreams and never give up!!!

There are 9 episodes of All Things Victorian posted so far, with 4 more coming soon. They include a Victorian tea at the historic Emerson Inn in Rockport MA, where Griffiths and Grant reside, a Victorian baking show, A Steampunk episode, and a Victorian Mourning program. When asked what's next, they reply that they're just getting started on their Passion Projects. :)
Stay tuned for more details!!

Episodes of All Things Victorian can be viewed at Cape Ann TV- and also found on Youtube.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Victoriana Lady Lisa Meets That Nutty Redhead!!

                                                                          Logo designed by artist Josh Stebbins

Last October 2013 I launched a praline gourmet nut business named That Nutty Redhead. The recipes are based on a recipe in my Victorian grandmother Ella Mae's cookbook from the turn of the century. They're flying off of the shelves at 16 different stores and farm stands on the Northshore of MA. Whole Foods has also contacted me with an interest in my all natural product!!

My nut blends are some of the healthiest nuts that you can eat. I DON'T roast the nuts, which is a form of deep frying, causing various health problems.

 To learn more about the dangers of roasted nuts-

I take fresh, raw almonds & cashews and steam cook them in a giant kettle, adding only pure natural spices and flavorings, such as Madagascar Vanilla, and pure Toffee Maple. What you get is a softer, fresher nut, full of nutrients, and they're easier on your dental work. (If you've ever cracked a tooth eating a hard roasted nut and paid the dentist bill, you know what I'm talking about!)

***Mouthwatering flavors include***
Breakfast in New England (maple-toffee
 New England Praline w/ Sea Salt (Madagascar vanilla)
Cajun Hug Nut ( Cajun spices & cayenne)
Sweet Smoked Hickory (smoked bacon flavor)

Mmm!!!!! Almonds & cashews never tasted so good!!!!! They're awesome on ice cream, and in yogurt, and cereal.

I have farmers markets 6 days a week that I do in Cape Ann MA and surrounding communities.

I recently unveiled the nuts at the annual Gloucester Block Party. What a fun time! I dressed in antique clothing from my collection to portray my grandmother Ella Mae, who inspired me with her recipe.Victoriana Lady & That Nutty Redhead, a dynamic duo!! :)

 Fun at the Gloucester Block Party with That Nutty Redhead/Victoriana Lady Lisa!! …

The nuts are excellent on salad and are so full of good nutrients and antioxidants. A Harvard study shows that people who eat a handful of Tree Nuts daily live longer.

That Nutty Redhead Praline Gourmet Nuts are available at Crosby's Marketplace in Marblehead, Manchester-By-The- Sea, and Hamilton MA, and other fine stores.
To see all of our locations, and information on ordering, click here-

 They make great hostess gifts, corporate gifts for Christmas, along with wedding & bridal shower favors.

 My motto is "Live A Little, While You Live A Little Longer!" Nuts are healthy!!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Filming at MODVIC aka Bruce Rosenbaum's Steampunk Home, Sharon MA

I had the privilege of interviewing Steampunk extraordinaire Bruce Rosenbaum, owner of MODVIC Steampunk Design, and touring his and wife Melanie's fabulous home. It will be featured on an upcoming episode of my cable TV program All Things Victorian on Cape Ann MA TV

H.G. Wells & Jules Verne would have been right at home here among the wonderful  H.A.T. designs, as Bruce likes to say. Steampunk blends H-history, A-art, & T-technology in a delightful way!

Bruce is curating a fantastical Steampunk exhibition entitled Steampunk Springfield: Re-Imagining an Industrial City, complete with with Humachines & Brassy Bridal Steampunk Wedding fashions from March 27- September 28, 2014 at the Springfield Museum, MA. I will be filming at the exhibition for the TV show as well.

Thanks Bruce & Melanie Rosenbaum for your kind hospitality!!

For more information-
— in Sharon, MA.

Friday, January 17, 2014

My book, International Steampunk Fashions, is chosen for distinguished book site.

Author/historian Victoriana Lady Lisa, was just notified by Schiffer Publishing Ltd. that her book, International Steampunk Fashions, was one of only 115 books chosen, out of thousands of books, to represent Schiffer on the "Designers & Books Online Book Fair."
 "The books are from a distinguished, international group of publishers who pride themselves on books that inspire creativity and innovation, and are also a pleasure to look at." -The editors at Designers & Books.
Victoriana Lady is incredibly honored!! 

What is Steampunk? It's what the Victorians would have worn, and made, if they had our modern technology. It's a back to the future movement that's really picking up steam. :)