Archive for April 2011

Family Recipe Friday: Wedding Punch

Category: Mrs Beeton's Cookery Books

My wedding bouquet(From my great-grandmother's 1909 publication of 'Mrs Beeton's Every-Day Cookery' - see this post for more information.)

Today's the day William & Kate tie the knot so here's a recipe to toast the Royal couple...

WEDDING PUNCH
INGREDIENTS.-I quart of champagne, I bottle of claret, I bottle of seltzer water iced, I wineglassful of curaçoa, sugar to taste, ½ pint of crushed ice, strips of cucumber, sprigs of young mint.

METHOD.-Mix all the ingredients together, and serve with the mint and cucumber floating on the surface.

(Image: my wedding bouquet - 1987.)

[Why Family Recipe Friday? This phrase has been included in the title in order to take part in Daily Blogging Prompts at Geneabloggers]

Family Recipe Friday: Royal Pudding

Category: Mrs Beeton's Cookery Books

(From my great-grandmother's 1909 publication of 'Mrs Beeton's Every-Day Cookery' - see this post for more information.)

Continuing on the Royal theme, here's a recipe with a regal title. Somehow I can't see William and Kate eating this on their big day...

ROYAL PUDDING
INGREDIENTS.-I oz. of fine flour, I oz. of butter, I gill of milk, 4 yolks of eggs, 5 whites of eggs, I dessertspoonful of castor sugar, 2 ozs. of crushed Savoy biscuits, vanilla essence.

METHOD.-Melt the butter, stir in the flour, add the milk, and cook and stir until it leaves the sides of the stewpan clear. Cool slightly, add the sugar and vanilla, the yolks of eggs one at a time, beat well, and then stir in the biscuit crumbs. Whisk the whites stiffly, stir them lightly in, and pour the mixture into a well-buttered souffle mould. Cover with a buttered paper, and steam very gently for 40 minutes, or bake in a hot oven for 25 minutes. Serve with wine or jam sauce.

TIME.-To cook the souffle, from 25 to 40 minutes. AVERAGE COST, 10d., exclusive of the sauce. SUFFICIENT for 3 or 4 persons.

[Why Family Recipe Friday? This phrase has been included in the title in order to take part in Daily Blogging Prompts at Geneabloggers]

Family Recipe Friday: Cider Punch

Category: Mrs Beeton's Cookery Books

(Continuing the series from my great-grandmother's 1909 publication of 'Mrs Beeton's Every-Day Cookery' - see this post for more information.)

CIDER PUNCH
INGREDIENTS.-I quart of cider iced, I bottle of iced seltzer or soda water, I wineglassful of brandy, 2 ozs. of sugar, or to taste, I lemon thinly sliced.

METHOD.-Mix all the ingredients together in a glass jug, and serve in small glasses.

[Why Family Recipe Friday? This phrase has been included in the title in order to take part in Daily Blogging Prompts at Geneabloggers]

Wisdom Wednesday - Household work, Victorian-style - part 2

Category: Mrs Beeton's Cookery Books

(From my gran's 1894 publication of 'Mrs Beeton's Cookery Book and Household Guide' - see this post for more information.)

Last week, we saw what Mrs Beeton had to say to the mistress of the household. Now we can see what advice she has for the servants...

Household Work

SERVANTS.

ACCORDING to their duties and position in a household so are the responsibilities of servants, but in every situation there are responsibilities. A cook has to a great extent the health of the family in her hands. Ill-cooked food is not only wasteful and distasteful, it is positively injurious ; pots and pans not properly cleaned have often caused illness, if not death. Want of cleanliness in a kitchen is not only bad for the cook herself, but for those who have to share the room. A housemaid has a great deal to do with the comfort, if not health, of the household. Fresh cleanly rooms, well-made beds, dust conspicuous by its absence are healthful and pleasant......Read more »

Wisdom Wednesday - Household work, Victorian-style - part 1

Category: Mrs Beeton's Cookery Books

(From my gran's 1894 publication of 'Mrs Beeton's Cookery Book and Household Guide' - see this post for more information.)

Here's some sound advice given by Mrs Beeton to the mistress of the household! Next week, we shall see what she has to say to the servants...

Household Work
Illustration from the book.

WHETHER cottage or mansion, whether there are many servants or only one or two, in the way household duties are performed there need be but little difference.

Cleanliness, neatness and regularity should be the ruling qualities of the good housekeeper and her subordinates, and there can be as much comfort and order in homes where labour is scarce as in those where there is a full staff of servants.

A great deal, of course, hinges upon the management ; and if this is good there is always time for everything......Read more »