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Whipped cream in a salad? Oh, dear...


That doesn't sound especially appealing does it? I'm thinking, though, she must mean cream that is whipped rather than our whipped cream--or what we think of as whipped cream. I'm sure the ingredients must have changed over time--but I am not sure what the current equivalent would be? Then again, maybe that was to the taste of diners back then?


Oh... Half of time I will be hungry when I start reading these.
I saw a great challenge yesterday. We should participate.
It's a cook book challange and the aim is to chose several cookbooks and cook one recipe of each book and post on it. That last part isn't exactly what I'd like to do...
What I like a lot about these books is that they offer such a lot of information on the times. They really are great.


What a fantastic evocation of time and place! The way people take their meals, and what they have for them is just so redolent of the era in which they lived. The voice here is so splendid - authoritative, gracious, and just the right amount of starchy. Jekyll gives the impression of a much more ordered and regulated life that we live nowadays, with a fierce eye to timing, so that pleasures can be savoured, not gobbled down on route to the next thing. I'm sure that's really sensible!


It is very much of its period isn't it? My late mum would have been five in 1922 and the description of sandwiches for the children made me think of her - she always did love a banana and sugar sandwich (though I'm not sure what centrifugal sugar is!)
It would be nice to be presented with a lovely breakfast tray but I don't think that I will be on the receiving end any time soon!


Each meal must have looked like a beautiful still-life I get the impression. So carefully thought out. I have three of these Pinguins in the English Journey Series and those are lovely too. Enjoy your new project and I cannot wait to learn what else you are planning. You always manage to come up with something really inspiring.

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I've read some of her essays, including the title essay and found them quite charming too; I can see where that would make a lovely reading project, with or without serving suggestions (but particularly with!). Enjoy!


The only kind of tray meal I've ever had was on a TV tray when I was a kid and it was one of those microwave sorts of dinners with franks and beans, mashed potatoes, chicken or something, and chocolate pudding. I think I've been cheated!



This books sounds absolutely delightful and I must find a copy to read. I love books that talk about cooking, gardening and renovating homes... Somehow it's always more fun to read about these than actually do them!


There were actually lots of yummy sounding dishes in the book. Some are definitely not to my taste, but there were some interesting recipes that I am actually thinking I might be able to try. I love cookbooks--even though I am not a very willing cook sometimes. It would be fun to do a cookbook challenge--I am really thinking of trying to make at least one recipe from all these little Penguin Great Foods books. It could be fun--or a disaster, but it would make for an entertaining post after the fact anyway. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the books-and you really can discover all sorts of things about the time they were written. It should be a fun project!


You describe Agnes Jekyll perfectly! I think life was definitely more regulated--and meals were to be savored and not rushed like we do now. I think even a train meal would have been an elegant affair. It's not such a bad thing at all to slow down and enjoy the food and the company--so she really was on to something good!


I had never heard of a banana sandwich, but why not?! When I was in Ireland a guy I know would eat a sandwich made out of french fries! ;) I think if I did try and make any of these recipes I would have to do a lot of Google-ing and asking of advice as some of what she described was really over my head. I've never had a try meal--elegant or otherwise, but one can always hope! :)


Anyone who puts fresh cut flowers on a try for a sick person really does worry over the small details--which is kind of cool actually. It is nice to think so much thought goes not only into the food but into the presentation, too. I would love to read those English Journeys books-I read one a few years ago and keep meaning to try and locate more of the books. This will be a fun and easy project which I hope I can stick with!


This will be fun. I think I might even try and cook one of the recipes in each book--since I am a better baker than cook, it may have to be something sweet--poor me as then I will have to sample, too. I have the Persephone book of her essays, which seems like it might contain more essays than this one--must dig it out to compare. She was like the Martha Stewart of her day I think.


We had TV trays, too. How funny. The ultimate is the one in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory--the kid who had never taken a meal at the dinner table--do you remember that scene? I've been cheated, too, I think!


I much prefer to read about someone else doing the work, too! :) Persephone Books also published her essays in one of their Classic editions--you might also keep an eye out for the edition, too. I like these sorts of books too--it's really interesting reading about these things--especially when the person writing is so witty and when they're writing about somewhere foreign.


Round here sandwiches of french fries are known as chip butties - my other half loves them and he is definitely not alone, in fact you will find them on the menu at most fish 'n' chip shops!
Just realised that I have the Agnes Jekyll book that Persephone publish on my shelves so I must go and find it as your post has left me intrigued.


Hah--I had no idea that those sandwiches actually have a name! Here I thought my friend was being silly, though I admit that when I tried it, it was indeed good! I've not had it since--and that was years ago. I'll have to look it up now. We don't have fish 'n chip shops here like you have there--at least not in Omaha. I'm not really a fan of fish in general, but I loved the chips with salt and vinegar--yum. And how they put the chips in newspaper--all so 'exotic' for me when I traveled to the UK! Can you tell I don't get out much! :) Another reason to save my money and travel abroad again--so I can have chip butties! I also have that Persephone--I need to dig out my copy and see if there are more essays in the Persephone as it seemed much thicker than the Penguin edition--but maybe it's just the way the text is laid out. It's a lovely book to read, though, and easy to pick up and read an essay and set down for a day or two.


This sounds lovely and right up my alley, and I never would have heard of it without you - thanks so much!


Yeah, I think we think of "whipped cream" as sweetened, a la Cool Whip or the stuff that comes in cans, but it isn't necessarily - if you make whipped cream at home by whipping heavy cream with a hand mixer, you can add sugar or not. I guess I'm picturing something like a Waldorf salad? (

This sounds like a super-fun read!


I'm always happy to share good books with others! I'm looking forward to reading more books in this series but am still deciding whether to read them in some sort of chronological order or just randomly!


That's right--I hadn't thought of Waldorf Salads which is sort of the same thing she had in mind. I think maybe she had in mind something less sweet--I think of whipped cream as something for pie! :) But I know you can add heavy cream to lots of other recipes--spaghetti sauces and such. It was a fun read and I can't wait to pick another from the series--they all sound fun.

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