A recipe for Christmas Cake (Mrs Birr)

I am thrilled to post this recipe. A bit out of season, but it was a request for someone who had read my last post. How happy am I that someone actually read what I wrote? Writing is a solitary act, but published or not, I think we all write to be read, even if…

“New” Books

A few “new” books to add to my out of control collection. #1. Lovely and unexpected gift from a friend; a book that I’ve wanted for a long time but have been unable to find, Ogilvie’s Book for a Cook, from the flour company of the same name, pub. in 1905. I love the preface…

The comfort of pudding

When I was at chef school, a long time ago, we didn’t study puddings, we didn’t make puddings, and we didn’t eat them, not even in the privacy of our own kitchens, they were as we were told, “too homey,” which meant, too working class, unforgivably, thickened with cornstarch, and therefore, too common; dismissed as…

Mrs Jameison’s Brownie Pudding

Today I was invited into a neighbor’s  garage to go through his garbage?  He had piles and piles of boxes that were headed to the green dumpster sitting in his driveway, he knew that I cooked and that I liked “old kitchen things,” so did I want to have a look before he tossed it…