|'Coq au fruit', Mr Robot calls this one...|
The parcel - and it was a whopper, there was no way the postie would have got it through the letter box - contained a 1959 cookbook and a huge stack of embroidery transfers.
The cookbook is called Fun With Food: Planned Menus for All Occasions and is by Nella Whitfield. I'm not entirely sure who it was aimed at, but I suspect it has its roots in the 1950s-60s notion of 'having the boss over for dinner'. The fact that this is divided not by ingredient but into menus suggests to me that it would have been a godsend to some poor woman whose husband has decided feeding his boss would be a fast track to promotion, and she's got no idea how to plan a menu. It is divided by meals first - Breakfasts, Luncheons, Dinners, High Teas and Suppers, and Special Occasions, then into menus within those sections. And I was very pleased to see 'high tea' used correctly - a decent late afternoon/early evening savoury hot meal, not a tarted-up afternoon tea.
By modern standards the individual dishes are simple, but Mr Robot commented on the amount of exotic fruits like bananas and oranges that were used, still luxuries in people's minds less than a decade after the end of rationing. He was very taken with the fruit
|Lamb... and pineapple. Okaaaay...|
The embroidery transfers fall broadly into two main groups, 1930s and 1950s. When I had time to think over Christmas, one of the things that really occurred to me was how much I wanted to do embroidery but never had time. Well, I made time, and now I have even more vintage transfers to choose from. I have a feeling they may have belonged to Naomi's mum/Zoe's nan, as I have some of her knitting notions among my treasures. They definitely all have a particular feel, with lots of florals, and it's really nice that some of them have already been used, so if I make those it'll be all the more special.
|I REALLY want to make some cushions now!|
Anyway, what with those, and more paid work from a magazine I'd wanted to write for, and some GOOD family news that I will share when things are more definite (but I will be knitting for it, hint hint - NO I'M NOT PREGNANT) 2016 is already looking better than 2015. Keep it up, 2016, you're on a roll...