Thursday, 22 July 2010

Ma Master Chef

Are you a mum? Do you cook traditional Orkney fare for your family? Do you like the idea of two hairy men plus a camera crew filming you as you prepare food in your kitchen? Then you are in luck: the Hairy Bikers are coming to Orkney as part of their new series, Mum Knows Best, and they want to find out about traditional, every day Orkney cooking.

If you fancy taking part, or you know a mum who is handy in the kitchen, then click here for more information.

We had a look through our catalogue to see if we had any mum-style recipes and found this great cook book written by Jemima Wilson c.1949. It is filled with fantastic Enid Blyton style dishes such as Roly Poly Pudding, Rock Cakes, Fruit Tart, English Stew, Queen of Bread Pudding and Toad In The Hole.

Jemima also provides basic recipes for scrambled and poached eggs, different styles of pastries and various types of scones. Her explanations are very precise and some recipes take up several pages. One of the simplest is for Wheaten Meal Scones:

Wheaten Meal Scones

3 Tablespoons Flour
2 Tablespoons wheaten meal
1 ounce butter
1/4 teaspoonful soda
1/2 teaspoonful cream of tartar
pinch of salt
sweet milk

Prepare the dough in the usual way, flour the board, knead lightly and roll out the dough about 1/4 thick. Place on a greased oven tray mark in four with a knife, brush over with egg and bake in a fairly hot oven for 7 to 10 minutes. Cool on a wire tray and serve on a plate.

I have not included the most unusual recipe, that for egg jelly, mainly because it sounds totally gross, and I didn't want to get pesky vomit on my computer.

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