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STOP PRESS (April 14th)
A late apology........
On February 16, if you remember, I told you that the Jet Stream would dictate when I could show you the contents of the box in my outside loo. Well it was not until April 14 that the Jet Stream finally shifted and allowed some warm westerly winds that are supposed to keep our climate temperate in England. Hooray! Now we have daffodils at least a month late, and best of all Tommy has finished his hibernation today.
Now back to turkeys..............
- 1. We don't do Thanksgiving in the UK
- 2. My kids don't eat turkey at Christmas (like real British families)
|Some strange tradition developed, now unbreakable, that we always have |
Duck à l'Orange on Christmas Day.
You get better smile than from a turkey.
So I have little to write about turkeys.............so I will concentrate on recipes this week.
Yorkshire Puds for Sharon........
A few weeks ago I left a comment for Aussie Sharon-Strong Foundations about old handwritten recipe books left to us by our ancestors, confessing that I really wanted rid of mine, but just did not have the heart to do so. Somehow, I am not sure how, I got onto the subject of Yorkshire Puddings. I was alarmed that she had never tasted such a delicacy, and she wanted the recipe!!
What I can now tell Sharon is that it does not appear in any of my hand written recipe books. But nor does "how to boil an egg" or "how to fill the kettle and make a pot of tea". It seems it was genetically imprinted in my ancestral cooks.....and some mighty fine Yorkshires we used to have when I was small.
But clearly not all Brits had these skills as it was in some of my printed recipe books.........
|...but never bother with Mrs Beeton unless you have|
12 children and at least two servants.
An Australian dish Mrs Beeton???
You don't say!!
As an aside...before I forget to show you.....
On the death of an old cousin in 2003 I cleared out his house. He always was a Marmite fan and I found his 1932 free pamphlet recipe book in his pantry. I decided there must be Marmite collectors out there, somewhere, and I was right. I put it on Ebay and the world went mad. I got £28 for it!! For special children there was even a recipe for Marmite jelly!!
Back to the Yorkshire for Sharon...........
|These 1936 and 1953 books came with our Radiation cookers, and contain only good solid British cooking.|
|...and the ovens were PERFECT for Yorkshire puds.|
Here's the recipe......
and may I suggest......
- Regulo 7 translates as 200 celsius (390F) in an electric fan oven or 215C (420F) in a non fan oven.
- For baking tin read an open tin you would roast a joint on, approx 14" x 11", 2"-3" high.
- For quite hot read very hot.
- For 'Dripping' read ' the fat you had left over after frying the kangaroo tails etc.
- Eat with the meat and gravy, or as kids we were given the choice of keeping it in the oven for pudding, and having it with Tate and Lyle Golden Syrup.
|No.....indeed I see my grandmother enjoyed giving my father a good wholesome pudding. Time was no obstacle.|
...but if the Australian pud is a little bland.......try.....
|Did Granny imply the Australian pudding was not 'nice' ?|
And finally from my Mum's recipe book......
|A careful record of the days when we did have turkey at Christmas !!|
I just got this photo emailed from my kitchen by my daughter Alice.....as they say....."the proof of the pudding is in the viewing"
|A perfect Yorkshire made to the above blogged recipe !!|
Special Late Request....
Kristin at Finding Eliza wanted to see the photo of my Mum with her pet bantams, circa 1928 after I commented I really should have built them into this weeks blog, so here she is !!