Historic Recipe: Jellied Surprise Salad (1938)

Source: Summer Cookery by Aunt Kate, presented by the People’s Journal (1938) I bought this little book a couple of weeks ago on a trip to Aberdour. It came from one of the strangest vintage shops I’ve ever been in and mostly I bought it because it was by ‘Aunt Kate’, also it cost 50p.... Continue Reading →

Historic Recipe: Wafers (1776)

Source: The Professed Cook; or, The Modern Art of Cookery, Pastry, and Confectionary, made Plain and Easy by B. Clermont (1776) Another work-related recipe… Wafers were eaten as far back at the late Medieval period at the end of a meal and were thought to settle the stomach. Into the eighteenth century, they became part... Continue Reading →

Historic Recipe: Chocolate Souffle (1954)

Source: The Art of Home Cooking, Stork Margarine Cookery Service (1954) I found this gem on my parents’ cookbook shelf – it’s so gloriously 1950s, from the cartoon illustrations to the over-tinted photographs. It also has a number of recipes that contain gelatine. Obviously I decided to try one. But before we get on to that, what... Continue Reading →

Historic Recipe: Cucumber Soup (1920)

Source: A Year’s Dinners; 365 Seasonal Dinners with Instructions for cooking by May Little (c.1920) This is a fascinating tome that doesn’t just include recipes but clearly lays out what Ms Little believed to be winning combinations of foodstuffs for daily consumption. So for instance on May 11 this soup recipe is paired with baked... Continue Reading →

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