Food Glorious Food

Now I'm a huge fan of eating  cooking and I've a lots of cookbooks, new ones and old ones - I read them a lot more than I actually use them to be honest, I think most of us might be guilty if that. I recently bought a book from the fifties for a £1 and was squealing with excitement to see that on the inside of the cover there was a recipe for Christmas cake!

I'll be trying this out later in the year, I've never made a Christmas cake before and whilst part of me feels I should be using a tried and tested Delia Smith recipe, the idea of using this found recipe is much more appealing. It's a gamble.........this could be a disaster of a recipe that didn't work at all. Only one way to find out isn't there? May be we should all try it this year and compare results! Have you had any luck or disasters trying out and old recipe that you've stumbled across?

One that I have tried that worked well, is the queens recipe for Drop Scones. Yes THE QUEENS! Earlier in the week I reviewed a book by Tim Ewart - The Treasures of Queen Elizabeth  amongst the pull out and keep documents, the book contains is this recipe. What's a drop scone? Well I wasn't sure either, but I now know that they are also sometimes called griddle cakes and Scotch pancakes. You can have them with afternoon tea along with crumpets served with jam and cream or you can have them for breakfast. YUM!

So you're going to need

4 teacups of flour (I used self raising)
4 tablespoons of caster sugar
2 teacups of milk
2 whole eggs
2 teaspoons of bi-carbonate of soda
3 teaspoons of cream of tartar
2 tablespoons of melted butter

Now according to this recipe this make enough for 16 people. Now I don't know if the queen means 16 coach loads of people, or perhaps the parties at Bucks Pal require a seriously huge breakfast the next day, but this recipe makes a mountain of drop scones so you could easily halve the quantities. On the other hand if  you are planning on using the Jubilee weekend as a way to get together with friends and drink your way through a bath tub full of Kir Royales then when everyone wakes up the next morning and you help them come back to life with a mountain of these, you'll be best friends forever.


Beat eggs, sugar and about half the milk together, add flour and mix well together, adding remainder of milk as required. Add bicarbonate of soda and cream of tartar, fold in the melted butter.

You then just drop tablespoons of the mixture in to a hot frying pan for just a few minutes each side. You need to cook them in batches and keep an eye on them! My personal preference is that they make a really scrummy breakfast drizzled with honey. - When I wrote in the week that I would blog the results of my attempt to make these drop scones, I knew it could all go wrong.............so whilst these may not look wonderful they do taste delicious honest!

I've also made them in to little canap├ęs, although there's sugar in the recipe they aren't really sweet so I've topped them with brie and cherry tomatoes. Delicious.

If you're still looking for the perfect recipe for Coronation chicken then The Historical Sauces have blogged the traditional recipe and if you need inspiration for cocktails ( just in case a bath tub of Kir Royales isn't enough for you....) here's some ideas for those too.

I'm happy to report that I'll be leaving the food blogs to the foodies and I will be sticking to Vintage, fashion and history! Assuming I can fit in to any dresses next week after the foodfest the weekend is turning in to..............


  1. The GEC book is great. I found some Ministry Of Food clippings in my oldest copy!

  2. These look great! My family eat their body weight in drop scones (pancakes, cakes...food in general!)so I'm keen to try this recipe next.


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