Tuesday, 11 October 2016
Lily's recipes, WW1
Regular readers of my (sporadic!) witterings will know that I am fascinated by social history. Being THE Family Historian in our family, it is difficult not to be interested by other people's histories too. This little book of recipes from WW1 came my way last week, at the Wee Flea we go to. The dealer who had it knew it had my name on it! I paid for it in money and cake : )
This photograph is signed on the reverse:
To Mother & Dad,
December 23rd 1917."
It was made into a postcard as so many photographs were at that time, by Charlesworth's Studio, Southall, W. Day and Electric Light. (I presume the latter meant photographic methods).
I don't know her surname (or I would be off researching her on the internet). She has a lovely kind face - one that you can invisage in old age
Her recipe book is entitled "Puddings and Sweets" but some savoury delights also crept in. I assume many were copied from women's magazines of the period, but some may have been family recipes, especially the Christmas Cake and the Mincemeat. The latter is similar to my Mincemeat recipe, only hers includes Suet for keeping properties.
This photograph was also tucked into the back of the book. It is marked on the reverse "Cartolina Postale. Carte postal. "Ubermor". I believe it was taken in Italy and my husband says that the badges on the Pith Helmets are Royal Engineers. I don't know if any of them was her brother, or her "young man", but the card was there for a reason. I need to do some more research on where they may have been stationed in Italy, but did come across this fascinating link about the "White War" fought on the glacial edges of the Italian Alps. Many thanks to the Telegraph's Laura Spinney for this excellent piece of journalism. Warning - photos of not-too-detailed mummified corpses, so you may wish to avert your eyes.
I just hope that Lily's young man (or brother) returned safely to her.