I have literally hundreds of pounds worth of cookery books that I have bought or have had bought for me, but the book I use most of all is my old school cookery book. I feel lucky to have been taught to bake and cook "properly" not like they are taught today. My daughter was not even allowed to take it as a subject at school as it was over subscribed!! We were taught theory, practical, nutrition, economy,presentation. We used to have to write timeplans (which I hated, but timing is so essential to cooking a meal). I had the very best Home Economics teacher - Mrs Mannion who modelled herself on Margot from the" Good Life". She used to bring me her old copies of Goodhousekeeping and I was thrilled!! Using my old school recipe book, I have been able to cater for most events. My daughters 1st birthday party featured "Bunnies on the Lawn" from this book (Lime green jelly, with tinned pears placed on top, marshmallows for tails and chocolate chips for eyes!!!). Tonight I made "Rock Buns" from the very first page (you can just see the very 70's paper that the book is backed with). Some of the writing is smudged as we used to write with fountain pens!!! Here's the recipe as it is written:
8oz SR Flour )
4 oz Margarine ) Bowl
3 oz Castor Sugar )
4oz mixed dried fruit ) Plate
1 egg (standard) )
1-2 dstpn Milk ) small basin
1. Collect eqpt, ingredients and light oven.
2. Sift Flour into bowl
3. Rub in margarine
4. Add Sugar and Fruit
5. Mix to a stiff consistency with egg and milk
6. Place on a greased baking tray in 10 mounds
7. Bake for 15-20 mins at 400f or Reg 6 gas (200 c these days!!) until golden brown.
8. Leave to cool on a wire baking tray.
I was reading my mums old school recipe book the other day - one of the recipes was for "Baked Stuffed God" . I think it was meant to be "Cod"!!!!