Inspired by Red Hen’s blog about flapjacks, I went off and took a photo of my rather ancient recipe book. I bought it in a jumble sale (probably when I was running the White Elephant stall as a Guide – I loved haggling with old ladies – who were probably no older than I am now). The binding round the edge had worn out, so I made some string by twisting a long loop of thread and then folding it back on itself, and rebound the cover.
Inside this slip-cover is a book to write your own recipes in. Sadly, it didn’t have any written in by the previous owner, but she had signed and dated it. So it goes back a bit – but probably not contemporary with the lady’s clothes.
I crossed her name out and wrote mine in instead. The satisfaction of ownership. Then I started copying in recipes that I liked. The second one was for flapjacks, and here it is, from forty years ago.
As you can see, I decided that the baking powder didn’t add much, and I no longer bother with it. We only had a gas cooker then, but I copied in the Farenheit temperature. Years later, I had to convert it to Celsius (which we then called Centigrade).
I have no idea where I copied the recipe from. After a few years, I started recording the date when I’d added each recipe, and the source, as I became more aware that was the right sort of thing to do. 🙂
One of the later recipes, from when my girls were young, is for ‘Blue Peter Pumpkin Soup’. (Blue Peter being a children’s tv programme.) That one has become a family tradition around Hallowe’en, and very good it is too.