This recipe came from one such book. I have pages 15 to 82. I suppose it is possible that someone else has the other pages, but much more likely that they were destroyed long ago. It is printed on cheap and nasty paper, no illustrations, and yet I really like this old book which dates from somewhere around the the end of the 19th century.
The recipes are many and varied and I'll write some more up here in time.
I still haven't recovered my appetite a month after having 'flu, but this particular recipe caught my fancy, so I cooked a portion. It doesn't look very pretty but it was really tasty.
Take odd bits of celery and boil them in milk till tender. Add some grated cheese, a pinch of salt (I omitted this) and thicken with a little flour. Bring all to the boil and and serve on buttered toast. A very tasty dish for supper.
There you have it! I should have diced the celery instead of slicing it but I wanted to have a little texture to the dish.
I served it on a slice of home made bread, for I find that makes the best toast. I didn't butter the bread, I simply let the juices and the melted cheese soak into it. I would definitely make this for myself again although I would refine it a little next time.
My mother used to occasionally make something similar although her vegetable of choice was tinned tomatoes, that worked very well but looked even less attractive than this dish.
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I called in at Cowslip Cottage today to drop off a loaf of bread and to say 'Hello' to your boy, he's missing you, Ming Ming, but managed to rouse himself sufficiently to polish off a couple of treats, have a little grooming and a tickle as well as playing chase the feather duster.xxx