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Sallie LunnSallie Lunn This recipe comes from my great great grandmother Emma Cooper Bancroft who was American. Having researched this recipe a little I have discovered that the ‘Sally Lunn Bun’ in fact originates from Bath in the west country, just up the road from where I sit today. 1 pint milk 1 egg 3 tablespoonfuls of butter [...]

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Simple Scotch short breadSimple Scotch short bread The simplest recipe we’ve tried to date, this take on the classic biscuit has only three ingredients. 6 oz flour 4 oz butter 2 oz sugar Work all together in a basin into a smooth dough with the hand. Roll out on floured board, cut the cake cutter and bake in floured tins. No problems [...]

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Boiled Sponge CakeBoiled Sponge Cake This recipe caught my eye for the underlining (italicised here) and for the stern admonition at the end.  Being a novice I made one cake with the smaller quantities as I wouldn’t have wanted to waste good ingredients on a potential failure! 3 eggs 1/4 lb. flour, well sifted 1/4 lb. sugar 1/2 gill (1/8 of [...]

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Traditional ginger beer - explosively goodTraditional ginger beer - explosively good Ginger beer is one of my favourites. Not the horrible insipid stuff they sell in Tesco for me though. I prefer the murky, home-made variety that burns the back of your throat and makes your eyes water. It’s not really the time of year for this classic drink but who doesn’t need a reminder of [...]

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Baked lentilsBaked lentils This recipe comes courtesy of Lucy B. Morland, my great-grandmother’s first cousin. I’m really going to have to put a family tree up here at some point – I’m beginning to confuse myself! Soak two breakfast cups of lentils in warm water for two hours, having previously washed them; drain off the water and place [...]

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Sallie Lunn

Sallie Lunn

Comments (0) | January 18, 2012

This recipe comes from my great great grandmother Emma Cooper Bancroft who was American. Having researched this recipe a little I have discovered that the ‘Sally Lunn Bun’ in fact originates from Bath in the west country, just up the road from where I sit today. 1 pint milk 1 egg 3 tablespoonfuls of butter [...]

Simple Scotch short bread

Simple Scotch short bread

Comments (0) | January 18, 2012

The simplest recipe we’ve tried to date, this take on the classic biscuit has only three ingredients. 6 oz flour 4 oz butter 2 oz sugar Work all together in a basin into a smooth dough with the hand. Roll out on floured board, cut the cake cutter and bake in floured tins. No problems [...]

Boiled Sponge Cake

Boiled Sponge Cake

Comments (0) | January 10, 2012

This recipe caught my eye for the underlining (italicised here) and for the stern admonition at the end.  Being a novice I made one cake with the smaller quantities as I wouldn’t have wanted to waste good ingredients on a potential failure! 3 eggs 1/4 lb. flour, well sifted 1/4 lb. sugar 1/2 gill (1/8 of [...]

Traditional ginger beer – explosively good

Traditional ginger beer – explosively good

Comments (0) | January 09, 2012

Ginger beer is one of my favourites. Not the horrible insipid stuff they sell in Tesco for me though. I prefer the murky, home-made variety that burns the back of your throat and makes your eyes water. It’s not really the time of year for this classic drink but who doesn’t need a reminder of [...]

Baked lentils

Baked lentils

Comments (0) | January 04, 2012

This recipe comes courtesy of Lucy B. Morland, my great-grandmother’s first cousin. I’m really going to have to put a family tree up here at some point – I’m beginning to confuse myself! Soak two breakfast cups of lentils in warm water for two hours, having previously washed them; drain off the water and place [...]

Bakewell pudding – comfort food par excellence

Bakewell pudding – comfort food par excellence

Comments (0) | January 02, 2012

For the second dessert we selected Bakewell Pudding.  This recipe is credited to Emily Malone, a name which is unfamiliar to both me and my mother so unfortunately we can’t determine how old it is or its provenance. Unlike many of the recipes in the box, this one includes a full ingredients list and a fairly comprehensive procedure: 1 [...]

Snowballs, but not as you know them!

Snowballs, but not as you know them!

Comments (0) | January 02, 2012

The first attempt at a recipe from the box and it becomes clear that the recipes aren’t entirely comprehensive and that the lack of photographs is quite a disadvantage.  There are also very few people alive who remember eating any of these recipes and a short consultation with my mother reveals very little – she [...]

New year, old puddings

New year, old puddings

Comments (0) | December 31, 2011

As it’s Christmas, we thought we’d start with some festive puddings. We will be testing (inflicting?) ‘Snowballs’ and ‘Bakewell Pudding’ on the guests of a New Year’s Eve party we’re going to tonight. Wish them luck!