The lovely Classic Voices (from Quadrille) sent us a little teaser of their summer releases, one of which is ‘Simple French cooking for English Homes’ by X. Marcel Boulestin, first published in 1923 and containing the advice which every food blogger has taken to heart: ‘Food which is worth eating is worth talking about‘. (On this blog we take that even further, by also talking about food which isn’t always worth eating.)
The snack-size preview proves the title is accurate and this pleases me. I like French food but am unable (i.e. too lazy) to cook a lot of Escoffier recipes, as I don’t generally keep meat jelly in the fridge. I have one volume of Julia Child, but the long, long explanations put me off. (Though I am thinking of deploying it the next time I fancy some meringue.)
Last Sunday night it was very chilly and rainy for June, I had not a lot of ingredients in the house and no desire to change out of my pyjamas and go out and buy some. This is what happened:
I hoped this drink from Kitchen Essays (Agnes Jekyll, originally published in The Times in 1921 – 22, reprinted by Persephone Books in 2001) would be a quick route to a drink almost as good as sloe gin… ah, folly. This recipe is from the ‘Hints for holiday housekeeping’, a short chapter which also suggests game pie, lemon marmalade, Dundee cake and potted salmon as being suitable for the Easter Holidays.
I was looking for a vehicle for jam, a change from the fruit-filled tea bread and a way to use up ingredients I already have.
This item is introduced as being suitable for children, although ‘Grown ups may do well to visit on its afternoon debut’ apparently.
From Tea-Time and some Cakes, Kitchen Essays, Agnes Jekyll. (Persephone Books, reprinted 2008)
Summer is here or at least there have been some days which can unequivocally be categorised as ‘rather nice’ . Snacks to eat outside are needed.
The biscuits are from Agnes Jekyll’s Kitchen Essays, (first published in 1922, reprinted by Persephone books in 2001) which Alix and I are currently enjoying. The book depicts a very gentle life (chapters include ‘In the Cook’s absence’, ‘Thoughts of Venice from Home’, ‘A little dinner before the play’ and ‘Tray Food’) and is frequently, hilariously sexist.
This recipe is from ‘Tea-time and some Cakes‘ and is suitable for ‘the dyspeptic guest who never eats anything at tea’.