Monday, May 11, 2009

Because it's such a pain to do it by hand.


But wait - there's more

I'm a lucky girl. My sister purchased this book for me from the Brotherhood of St Lawrence on line. Who knew you could op shop on line?

Mrs Beeton's Simple Cookery in Colour from 1978 not only has glorious colour pictures of interesting foods. It is also in metric. No more tricky conversions - if I want to make something simple. This book was also published by Ward Lock & Co. which led me to some wikipeding to see what I could find about them.

Yep, there they are. Apparently publishing since 1854 when it was founded by Ebenezer Ward and George Lock (you just don't see enough Ebenezers about these days), Ward Lock & Co opened their Melbourne office in 1888. The company is still in existence and its imprint is still used by Penguin Books.

Ward Lock & Co boast such authors as Mrs Beeton, as well as Nigel Tranters early works, Dornfold Yates and Thomas Hugnes and published the revised edition of The Picture of Dorian Gray.

However, my copy of Mrs Beeton's Cookery Book was printed by Foy & Gibson. It's a special edition. Foy & Gibson (also known as Foys) was one of Australia's earliest department store chains, modelled on Le Bon Marché in Paris and other European and American Stores of the period. Interestingly, their first store was in Smith Street, Melbourne, which is not more than 3 major roads from my house, and their warehouse/factory was also nearby. So actually, my little book hasn't travelled very far from where it was created (well, sold at the very least.)

I presume it was some kind of collarboration between Ward Lock & Co and Foy & Gibson to release a special edition. But definitely requires further investigation.

Sadly, Foy & Gibson no longer exist.
But the warehouse in Collingwood still stands. So I can see it when I ride my bicycle up to the supermarket nearby.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Labour saving devices or used in the lunar module - You tell me


Eggs and Tomatoes

Originally uploaded by weenie_elise
Pretty much as the title says EGGS AND TOMATOES...
It could either be a breakfast dish or a supper dish, seeing as it is listed in the BREAKFAST AND SUPPER DISHES section.

This recipe is out of Mrs Beeton's Cookery Book, which I got from the mother-in-law, and interestingly has an average cost for each meal for the housewife/cook on a budget. According to my rough internet calculation, using the approximate date of publication, allowing for inflation and converting into AUD, this meal for 6 persons, costs about $8.05 (in USD about $5.96) which seems pretty good value for money working out to be $1.35 per person.

Using internet shopping I can buy these ingredients from the supermarket for AUD$9.02 so I guess my calculations aren't too far off. Yay for me!

Anyway, back to breakfast and some scrummy eggs and tomatoes.


INGREDIENTS. - 6 medium-sized tomatoes
6 fresh eggs
buttered toast
pepper and salt

METHOD. - Scoop out the centre of each tomato and with this pulp make a well-seasoned sauce.
In each of the cavities of the tomatoes break an egg carefully and season with salt and pepper.
Put the tomatoes in a well-buttered tin in the oven and bake till done.
Have ready some buttered toast, on which place the tomatoes, pouring the gravy round.

TIME, about 10 minutes. AVERAGE COST 1s. 2d. SUFFICIENT for 6 persons. SEASONABLE when tomatoes are in season

Very tasty and an economical breakfast (economy being the catchphrase of today)