Category: Mrs Beeton's Cookery Books

Family Recipe Friday: Nougat

Category: Mrs Beeton's Cookery Books

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

NOUGAT
INGREDIENTS.-¾ lb. of best castor sugar, ½ lb. of almonds, 1 dessertspoonful of lemon-juice.

METHOD.-Blanche and chop the almonds coarsely, dry them thoroughly in the oven, but do not let them brown. Place the sugar and lemon-juice in a copper sugar boiler or stewpan, stir with a spatula or wooden spoon until it acquires a pale brown colour, and add the prepared almonds. Turn on to an oiled slab, press it out with a hot wet knife, mark into small squares, and when cold break them apart.

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Wisdom Wednesday: How to clean wallpaper

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.)

WALL PAPER, TO CLEAN.

If not very dirty, tie a soft clean cloth over a long soft broom and brush the walls with it in straight lines ; if, however, the paper be very much soiled, stale bread should be used to cleanse it. Cut a stale quartern loaf in thick slices and rub the paper very lightly with it, going always in one direction and discarding the bread when dirty. Dough may be used instead of bread ; and in either case it is best first to take off all the dust from the paper in the way described above with a broom.

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Family Recipe Friday: Pickled Nasturtiums

Category: Mrs Beeton's Cookery Books

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

PICKLED NASTURTIUMS (a very good substitute for Capers).
INGREDIENTS.- To each pint of vinegar 1 oz. salt, 6 peppercorns, nasturtiums.

Mode.- Gather the nasturtium pods on a dry day, and wipe them clean with a cloth ; put them in a dry glass bottle with vinegar, salt, and pepper as above. If you cannot find enough ripe to fill a bottle, cork up what you have got until more are fit : they may be added from day to day. Bung up the bottle, and seal or resin the tops. They will be fit for use in 10 or 12 months ; and the best way to make them one season for the next.
Seasonable.-Look for nasturtium-pods from the end of July to the end of August.


Illustration from the book.

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Treasure Chest Thursday: Grannies' 'Mrs Beeton's Cookery Book'

Category: Mrs Beeton's Cookery Books

I have in my possession two volumes of Mrs Beeton's Cookery Book which have been handed down to me. Both books are old and well used, one originally having been owned by one of my maternal great-grandmothers, Florence Weaver, nee Smale, and the other by my paternal grandmother, Ivy Alice Hibbitt, nee Dando, and perhaps her mother before her.


The 1894 Edition on the left was owned by my grandmother, Ivy Alice Dando.
The 1909 Edition on the right belonged to my great-grandmother, Florence Smale.

The oldest of the books is an edition published in 1894 (pictured on the left) and its full title is 'Mrs Beeton's Cookery Book and Household Guide'. The hardback cover states 'One Shilling Mrs Beeton's Cookery Book New & Enlarged Edition'. Inside the front cover are a number of loose recipes which my grandmother presumably collected over the years, although they are not all written in her handwriting. The contents of the book include the following sections; The Cook's Time Table, Invalid Cookery, Hints to Prevent Waste, American Cookery, Table Decorations and Marketing......Read more »
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