Victorian Mins Recipe Book Brian Anderson

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Published: August 19th 2012

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59 pages


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Victorian Mins Recipe Book  by  Brian Anderson

Victorian Mins Recipe Book by Brian Anderson
August 19th 2012 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 59 pages | ISBN: | 8.21 Mb

Mildred Elizabeth Hall, Min to her family and friends, was born in 1882 into large family, seventh of 13 children. At the age of 13, a young immature girl, she was wrenched from her family and apprenticed to a confectioner and never lived at homeMoreMildred Elizabeth Hall, Min to her family and friends, was born in 1882 into large family, seventh of 13 children.

At the age of 13, a young immature girl, she was wrenched from her family and apprenticed to a confectioner and never lived at home again. An event which haunted her for the rest of her life.Her headmaster father had made sure she could read and write so she was able to keep her own notes of recipes and instructions. Her three notebooks were passed down the family and the 100 recipes faithfully reproduced here are almost entirely from her first book.The terms of her indenture are largely reproduced in book defining the terms,‘testified by his execution hereof doth first place and bind herself an apprentice to the said Ann Standing with her to continue and serve and be by her taught and instructed in the trade and business of a confectioner which the said Ann Standing now follows for the term of three years.Standing was a good commercial enterprise and, as you would expect, all the ingredients were carefully weighed and sometimes even the eggs are weighed.

This is before eggs were graded for size so there is no question of large eggs or small eggs appearing in the recipes. As Min’s skills develop and she advances from the mundane jobs of simply supporting others, her recipes reveal a little more of the commercial side of the business. She tells us in some of her recipes that 2 and a half ounces of cake mix is enough for a 1d bun. It is in the old currency days of £.s. d. when one shilling and four pence was expressed as 1/4 To avoid confusion with the many fractions use in weighing, this has been expressed here as 1s 4d.

Min developed some enthusiasm for her job since she started noting recipes from her aunts which she acknowledges. Some of these recipes revert to traditional household measurements ‘a good handful of sugar’ or ‘a cup of milk.’Great efforts have been made to keep this an authentic record of her note book so no spellings have been altered and any additional notes made by the authors have been italicised It has been an exciting journey for the authors just working through Min’s book and it has raised so many questions.

Why specify Coombs’ Exotic Aerated Flour? What is volatile? What is Cilion cake? These are just a few of the unknowns which had the authors scouring online search engines. Most of the puzzles we were able to resolve with one exception, Cilion cake with cilion listed as an ingredient. What on earth is it?This book is a great little piece of social history which has given us pleasure to compile and hopefully you too can enjoy Tennis cake, Love cake, Ensign cake and Many others.



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