Children's Victorian Cake Recipe. Procuring Dough. Curious ingredients. The cake recipe outsources the dough to the local baker, which, as a busy mom, I think is a brilliant solution. They didn't have biscuit tubes or box cake mixes, but this would have been the next best thing. A quartern of dough is about four pounds,... Continue Reading →
Christmas Humor from the 1890s. Just a quick post for today. Not technically food-related, but had to share. Off to work on Christmas preparations! Have a great one, all! More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Happy Greasy Food Day ~1875 Orange Wine ~1837 Onion Sauce ~1855
Gluten Free White Cake Recipe. Notes: Substituted 1:1 all purpose gluten free flour. Worked just fine. Used orange zest from 1/2 large orange instead of orange extract. Came out lovely. Use only 1 round cake pan. It does not make enough for two layers. Keep temperature at 350. Glazed with a buttercream frosting. Huge success!... Continue Reading →
Cinderella Centerpiece. This is a brilliant find, fully deserving of a blog post. Source: New York Tribune, 1904. More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Breakfast Inspiration: Poached Eggs on Toast ~1917 Rice and Cheese 1913 How to Choose a Potato ~1855
Rainy Day Advice from 1866. For those enduring April Showers - Determine at least to have sunshine in the house, if you cannot have it outside... More Fun Discoveries Chocolate Caramels ~1897 Snowballs for Dessert ~1866 Mulled Wine ~ 1876
Nasturtium Sandwich Recipe 1913. Nasturtiums are abundant in my area. Usually when I'm out on a walk, I'll pick a few leaves and bring them in for the rabbit. Their seed pods can be used as a caper substitute, but I find the flavor a little too strong. The leaves are also edible - something... Continue Reading →
Hot Chocolate Recipes - American and French. Simple American and French Hot Chocolate recipes to warm your cold January day! Ingredients: Chocolate, milk, water, sugar. I might add a little salt. More Fun Discoveries Coffee Custard ~1905 Chocolate Cake – Grey Eyes~1905 Army Slap-Jacks ~1886
Pouring Coffee as Art. As a rule, the guest of honor is offered the first cup, which is the weakest, and the children, if served at all, are given the last and strongest. Okay, then. We'll go with that. This reminds me of those signs in cafes that state: Unattended children will be given an... Continue Reading →
Happy National Whipped Cream Day! As a kid, did your parents ever give you a pint of cream and a whisk and say: "Mix this until it becomes whipped cream?" And you're mixing, and mixing, and mixing - and nothing happens. Then you think: Yeah right. They're making all this whipped cream stuff up. Then... Continue Reading →
Candy Recipe. This is a great recipe and offers us a glimpse at the life of a young 14 year old teenage girl, Miss Jessie Miller, living in Washington D.C. We know that: 1). she didn't go to school. 2). she had a brother who did go to school, 3). her father was the attorney... Continue Reading →
I stumbled across this treasure of a find and had to share. There is an entire page of letters to read here. Happy holidays! More Fun Discoveries Dinner Party Preparations ~1897 Fortified Egg-Nog ~1886 Cream Peppermints ~1897 Source: The Monroe City Democrat, December 13, 1900.
Video time! Elmina has an extensive list of home remedies for a variety of common ills. She mentions getting some of these from the local doctor and others from neighbors. Fascinating peek at self-care in the 1930s. More Fun Discoveries: Introduction: Elmina H. Allen's 1930s-1940s Homemade Cookbook Elmina Wins a Prize Elmina Shares Winning Strawberry... Continue Reading →
Happy Saturday! May your kitchen be warm and welcoming for all who come and go! More Fun Discoveries Flossie on Hospitality ~1904 Whortleberry Fried-Cakes ~1886 Fried Peaches ~1866 Source: The Day Book, November 6, 1911.
A warm Easter greetings! May you have "delighted little folks" to brighten up the day! In no particular order, we have: An Easter bunny ice cream advertisement - 1917 Examples of various Easter-themed ice cream (same company) - 1919 A gaggle of girls beckoning to a giant Easter bunny (The girl in the back is... Continue Reading →
Source: Good Housekeeping Book of Menus, Recipes and Household Discoveries, 2nd Ed. (1922). International Magazine Co., All rights reserved, including that of translation into foreign languages, including the Scandinavian.
Source: Practical American Cookery and Domestic Economy, Hall, 1856. This entertaining list of cures for common ails includes: Simple and Effectual Cure for Those Who May Have Accidentally Swallowed a Wasp Note that the instructions indicate the wasp is still alive To Remove Scurvy from the Teeth Red-hot steel rods and white wine vinegar -... Continue Reading →
Summer Snowball Recipe with Apples Source: Practical American Cookery and Domestic Economy, E. Hall, 1856.
Classic Macaroni and Cheese Dish. Note: 8 large tablespoons make a gill. Source: Home Cookery 250 Tested Receipts, 2nd Ed. Mrs. H. 1881. Jackson Brothers Printers, Philadelphia.