Mincemeat How funny we found it! So much that we laughed not but were aghast. That such a man – an educated man could have deceived himself so. And yet he asked me; Me. Of all the class. The class was not filled with fools either. For in it there were several future educators; a … More Mincemeat – a story and three old recipes (plus a genuine Breton Fars recipe from Breizh)
The Hawthorn tree – Crataegus monogyna As a boy, I was walking with my Grandfather and he pulled a leaf from a hawthorn tree. “Chew it” he said. And I did. “Bread, Butter and Cheese” he said. And thus it was, like many before me and many others, I ate – and tasted nothing. So … More Hawthorn – Bread, Butter and Cheese
Please note: These recipes are untested – we have not tried to make them or eat the results. But they may well work. They are certainly very old recipes… Here is a fascinating article on the same subject Cakes are now declared a relatively new invention. Not as old as bread. They have changed a … More Ancient Recipes – Old Fashioned Cakes
A Really Interesting Old Recipe The very very old Foulsham Cookery book is still with me. As it is so old, Its value is really in its curiosity. I personally like to read the recipes in there. Some I think were quite ancient. Some may have come from the kitchens of large country houses. I … More A Life In a Cookery Book – 3
In which we discover a hitherto unknown problem for the genuinely frugal in the kitchen and have a rant about it… …so let us look at the recipes. Bear in mind that the information in the old recipe books is generally a lot more sparse than we would accept today. Certain techniques were taken for … More A Life in a Cookery Book – 2
I was just about to write my own appreciation of the Foulsham’s Universal Cookery Book when I came across this beautifully written and considerate blog. Have a look – then please return here! My copy of Foulsham’s came from a table sale somewhere between Addingham and Skipton, Yorkshire about twenty years ago. It was on … More A Life in a Cookery Book
What Do Your Doughnuts Look Like? Tonight there was a series of repeats of BBC Television made in 1975 and featuring one Fanny Cradock. It was surprising to see that once familiar face after all these years; particularly if one remembers the way her career spectacularly nose-dived into oblivion after she had appeared in an … More What Do Your Doughnuts Look Like?