Saturday, 14 January 2012

Ye Olde Cookery Book ....

Hello there everyone .... its been a super day here .... lots of sunshine.
We are hoping for a nice day tomorrow when we sell at the Car Boot sale.
Fingers crossed ..... x

Just a short post .... firstly to thank you all for your comments, its nice to know I'm not just blathering away here to myself ... hehe ..... wouldn't be the first time!

...... and secondly ..... some of you mentioned the cookery book .... I've had it forever.
I think it must have been passed down from one of my Grandmothers I really cant remember..... its travelled with me from kitchen to kitchen.

As you can see its very battered and nowadays its held together by sellotape. It does have a fabric ... linen? .... covering, although that's falling off so the sellotape really does hold it all together.

Cookery Illustrated and Household Management

written by Elizabeth Craig and published in 1936......

So .... that's between the wars then .... fairly old .... its hard to imagine what life was like so far back.

The book gives a glimpse of household 'life' back then ... and what a lot there was for a newly married young woman to learn.

It not only gives advice on food and cooking ... but how to care for silk umbrellas and how to kill bed bugs!
Obviously essential information for every Girl!

How the world has changes .... off to do my Online shop now .... what would Grandma say!

Take care xx

Friday, 13 January 2012

Stove top cooking ..... Thrifty of course!

Hello there .... all well I hope...

Been quite a nice day here today ..... the 'Boys' have been playing on the roof ..... the latest project a Summerhouse/cabin .....

... they have been laying a felt roof .....

Great fun and lots of laughs .... you can be assured I was inside ... where its warm ... but still ... doing my 'bit'.

Usually the best idea with Men and outdoors-y projects is to keep them well fed and supplied with regular hot drinks .... bit like bringing up children really.

Major problem on the food front here at the moment ..... my oven is on the blink ... so no baking possible .... and no biscuits etc ( I don't buy anything like that ... trying to be frugal and all that!)

I had a think about all the women living all theirs lives without ever an oven to bake in ..... I thought 'come on Vicky .... women years ago managed perfectly well' ..... so what to make?

I thought of the Crofters on the Scottish Isles and indeed my own Mother rustling up something quick for unexpected visitors .... ahhh Griddle scones or Drop scones.

I reached down my old battered cook book ..... as old as the hills but just as useful and relevant today.

As I flipped through look what I found .... it could have been written for the housewife today.

Anyway I found a basic receipt....... its really a thick batter

10 oz flour
1 1/2 tsp Bi carb soda
1/2 tsp salt
1oz melted butter
1 egg
1/2 pint sour milk (I used fresh with a drop of lemon juice)

and I added 1 tsp sugar

Make a batter of this .... beating well....

Drop spoonfuls onto a hot griddle .... or greased frying pan if like me that's all you have.

When the mixture starts to rise a little and bubbles start to pop, ease the scone with your fish slice or pallet knife ... if you are posh ... and flip it over.

Serve them warm freshly buttered .... that's if you can get your men to come down off the roof.

...and mugs of hot tea .... Earl Grey of course.

This receipt made lots of batter .... too much for one 'Afternoon Tea' for us, so I have put some in the fridge for tomorrow I thought I would try it as a savory.... I have a little sweetcorn sat in the fridge too.
I will stir the sweetcorn into the batter 'drop the scones' cook and serve them with an egg and the last of the 99p Value bacon bits ..... should be a little different....I will let you know Hubby P's opinion .... as it is I have to disguise sweetcorn/ he takes issue with sweetcorn/its his digestion ... I will say no more...

.... I tell you its like raising children all over again.

Here we are .... having lots of fun ..... it takes a lot of talking about .... in very loud voices!

And with very loud toys....

Ohh ... yes indeedy ... the scones were delicious .... I had damson jam with mine.

Any ideas on stove top cooking .... I may be at it a while ....

Take care xxx

Monday, 9 January 2012

A Girl and Her Soap ... and odd Thrifty Snippets..!

Well .... we had a bit of sunshine today ..... I had to scrabble about in my bag for a pair of sunglasses ..... things are looking up!

Hope you've had a nice weekend.

I thought I would show you my soap ..... Ohhh how I love soap...

.... and not just the sweet pretty toilet soap ..... I really love the old solid, chunky brick -like bars of soap that our Grandmothers used.

I picked this 'Perfection' and 'Pinkobolic' soap the other week ......

...! fantastic is that...' REMOVES THE FEAR OF DIRT AND GERMS'... just great!

Hubby P snigger's like a school boy every time he reads Pinkobolic ..... always a silly boy at heart.

The other morning I finished a bottle of shampoo and thought 'what a useful bottle' ... too good to bin.... so I went to put it in the bathroom cupboard to 'store' it. Whilst rooting about in there I came across lots of half full bath foam, showergels etc etc.... bits and bobs that were not going to be used for their original purpose....

So I poured them all into the 'useful' bottle and intend to use it for cleaning the washbasin and toilet .... its soap after all, and leaves a very pretty scent.

Nothing need be wasted.

As you can see I have a little basket of different kinds of Domestic soap .... some plain Fairy, some very old Sunlight and some made in a factory in Accrington (where I went to school)... allsorts of odds and ends.
I use it daily at the kitchen sink .... just as Granmother did.

I do use it because I've got to face the fact that no one ele will want/treasure it when I am gone ... so I may as well enjoy it. I think its the smell off it you know ... brings back memories...

I remember when we were small we had a trestle table and we would fold one leg down to make a slide. This we put in the garden under the washing line. We tied the garden hose to the washing line.... turned on the tap and has a slide under the 'shower'. Grandad had got a wooden box full of blocks of soap .... proberably Sunlight .... I remember it was yellow and very hard... we used this soap to 'grease' the slide ......

...... we were very, very clean children that summer, that the scent of that soap is still with me.

The Pinkobolic smells wonderful .... it was made in Crosfields Warrington ..... anyone remember Crosfields?


On to the everyday .... mundane even .... business of meals.
I have returned to the Thriftyness of Bacon (I kinda went off it for a while).

You really cant beat Tesco's cooking bacon at 99p for 500gms .... I slice it up thinly and store it in a plastic box in the fridge...

There is enough for three meals for the two of us .... under 15p/head/meal

This evening I fried it up with a few mushrooms that were looking a bit tired and new (Tesco Value) potatoes .... tasty.

Any Thrifty tips on the old bacon front .... or soap for that matter .... a Girl cant get enough of nice soap ...!

Ta ta for now x

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

New Boots and a Thrifty Snippets Bonus......

Here we are ..... back to the everyday .... and what a challenge!

A new blank canvas.... a whole fresh New Year .... what will we make of it..... I hope all pulling together we can get through it as comfortably as possible.

Its going to be tough for an awful lot of people so come on folks share all your money saving ideas .... your money making tips ... your Thrifty Snippets..!


New boots all round at the Anglesey Allsorts household ...
both Hubby P and I needed sturdy new boots..... his are rather smart and arrived yesterday.

A rather significant investment for Hubby P (he hardly ever buys anything new ..... he needed a strong cup of tea when ordering the boots!)... so it was a nice surprise to find they were all they had professed to be .... good strong, all leather boots etc.... and a good fit.

And .... wonderfully packed!

I do get excited with packaging .... everyone is urged to 'be careful' when unpacking .... 'mind the tissue' ..... I love tissue especially if its pretty colours.

A Girl can do wonders when wrapping a gift if she has some pretty tissue and a ribbon.

I managed several sheets of nice soft heavy tissue-y paper and a good sturdy box with lid from the boot purchase.

I was ironing Richards work shirts .... he usually does his own laundry (strict training from age 14) but today it was my way of helping .... he and Hubby P were doing outside jobs so ironing seemed a warmer ... altogether cosier job.
Anyway .... I'm rambling on
.... having the iron still warm I ironed all the tissue from the boot packaging ..... only took a few minutes and its looks good enough to use as wrapping paper.

I have a special little ironing/airing rack ... its above a dehmidifyer in a particular damp corner of the cottage. The dehumidifyer keeps the area fresh and dry and helps air any clothes on the rack.

Can you see my little child's nightdress/under slip .... so cute.

Thought you might like a little look .... they were made of such lovely soft cuddly fabrics.

Its just had a freshening wash and iron..... I have it hanging on the upper rails of my bed with other sweet little baby gowns and whatnot. They are all in need of a wash so I am working through them.

And just to finish .... this is what I've been doing of an evening..... cotton dish cloths.

I was given a whole bagful of cotton yarn so I have crocheted it up into cloths ... I have quite a stack.... so along with the Money Saving I am trying the Money Making haha ..... and I put some on Ebay .... I really don't know if they will sell but hay ho ... ya never know!

So what Thrifty Snippets do you have to share .......

Take care xx