Of course there are lots of recipes for soups, pies, puddings, cakes and so on, but that's not all. there are tips on how to clean kid gloves, how to clean silk, preparing the washing, cleaning all manner of utensils and then there are the cough medicines, the wound dressings, salves and creams, lotions and potions.
A mind-blowing collection.
I had to remind myself to take a deep breath, take my time.
I have decided that every now and then I'll make one of the recipes - I am vegetarian, so it won't be a meaty one, although I will sometimes post a meat meal recipe for you.
Cakes, biscuits and puddings will probably be as far as I go in actually trying out the recipes, with perhaps some of the summer drinks and the pickles and preserves, if I think anyone will actually eat them.
If you have any obscure recipe which you have been searching for, send me a message and I scan through the books to see if it is written down anywhere.
Today I thought I'd share this:
School Dinner and Teachers' Teas
August 27th 1849
118 lbs Beef
23 lbs suet
5 stones flour for puddings
Bread for dinner - 15 loaves
40 lbs fruit
10 lbs sugar
1 oz spice
7 lbs butter
6 lbs loaf sugar
2 dozen Tea Cakes
Milk and cream
8 gallons of beer
The cost for this meal came to £8. 11s. 3d. (about £8.57)
This detailed list is a random page in one of the books, a little further on there is something similar for the year 1853. There is no mention of why it is there. Mysteries abound, I'm so happy that someone took the time and trouble to write it all down, for whatever reason.
More next time.