The Coronation Cookery Book
1947 HB 300pp
So types Winifred (unreadable surname) on her Goverment House Sydney letterhead. I know I am going abit domestic goddess on you but I picked this book up yesterday and it is sooo lovely that I know you would like to share.
This book is indeed an asset - not only do you have more recipes for offal than you could every need in one (or indeed many) lifetime/s, you can find directions for making a wool mattress (wool weights included), home curing bacon (simple directions by an expert), household hints including 'repairing iron tanks','good deodorant powder','hints for washing day', as well as many recipes for invalids and the various uses for aspic.
I have a number of these books, precious to me for many reasons not the least being that while we all know what the men where doing during these years, what women went through is such an undiscovered country. People are stunned that I feed my family without a microwave and for many years did without a TV (both voluntarily) but my paternal grandmother raised 13 children without RUNNING WATER in the house.
When the world goes to hell in a handbasket who is going to know how to make candles, or giblet soup or how to prepare suet for use. Me! and well all my friends in the SCA - in theory atleast.
And with that cheery thought I will share with you the recipe inscribed on the inside front cover (do all grandma's write in the same hand??) - not in the handy memorandum provided at the back of the book, oh no but right at the very front. A woman after my own heart.
Words verbatim, formatting my own
- 1lb sugar
- 1 cup cream
- 2oz milk chocolate