Share Your World–2013 Week 27

Cee has four Share Your World questions for us this week. I had to don my thinking cap! Maybe they won’t be so hard for you. Here are the questions–and my answers. It would be great fun to read your answers. You could follow the blue text above to Cee’s page and link your blog post there, or leave your replies in the comments below. 

1. Describe yourself in a word or words that start with the first letter of your name.
I’ve been sorting through my vocabulary of Ps (patient, practical) but when pro-life popped into my head, I knew that’s what I must choose. Anyone, of any age, should have the right to live. 

2. Do you prefer reading coffee table books (picture), biographies, fiction, nonfiction, educational?
If it is a book, I like it. There is always something to learn, no matter the genre. 

3. If 100 people your age were chosen at random, how many do you think you’d find leading a more satisfying life than yours?
Very few. 

4. If you had only one book you could write, what would it be about? Assume it is a top-ten seller of any genre.
It would be a story of redemption, the protagonist–Yahweh Tsidqenu. (pronounced yah-WEH tsid-KAY-nu)

I hope you will take a moment and Share Your World.
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Lowney’s Cook Book 1912

Judith, a new blog friend, recently posted a picture and wrote a bit about an 1894 cookbook that came into her possession. It stirred the memory of one I have tucked away that belonged to my husband’s grandmother, published in 1912, and I thought, “What a great idea for a blog post!” 

Opening Lowney’s Cook Book to the title page, it says it is
                          “ILLUSTRATED IN COLORS.”

Below that it is defined as:

“A NEW GUIDE FOR THE HOUSEKEEPER, ESPECIALLY INTENDED AS A FULL RECORD OF DELICIOUS DISHES SUFFICIENT FOR ANY WELL-TO-DO FAMILY, CLEAR ENOUGH FOR THE BEGINNER, AND COMPLETE ENOUGH FOR AMBITIOUS PROVIDERS.” 

I don’t know about you, but when I pondered “ambitious providers,” I sure was glad it’s almost a century later, and things have changed tremendously in our country in regard to the acquisition of food.  

The next item to catch my eye was “How to care for the Refrigerator.” It says to select a large refrigerator, I’m ok with that; simple construction and of hardwood, um, I don’t recall seeing anything like that in Sears–or any appliance store, for that matter; lined with zinc or marble and shelves of slate or hardwood. Marble? Yes, marble. Inside the refrigerator. The hardwood refrigerator.

Interesting note in the Marketing section when buying poultry:
“Birds are sold with the feathers on, but have the market man remove them.”

Then it was on to the recipes, or “receipts” as per the book.

Irish moss
Irish Moss Image via Wikipedia

Many of the pages bore splatters similar to my cookbooks, but none so much as the dessert section, of which several loose pages had been tucked neatly back inside. I noticed several recipes called for Irish Moss. Moss? Wondering if this was still in use today, I resorted to my friend Google. I learned it is a type of seaweed, from which we get carrageenan. It was used in custards and desserts of that type for its gelatinous properties. 

By the time I got to the Calf’s Foot Jelly, and looked up ‘rennet’ listed in another recipe, I’d lost my appetite for this cookbook!

The glossary in the back defined mayonnaise as “salad sauce.” I found that definition humorous and can’t wait to try it out on someone. 

And finally, the back cover states, “Pure food should be insisted on, it goes further, nourishes more, and saves doctors’ bills.” At least that is still true today.

I think I’ll stop by my favorite grocery store and give my “market man” a hug!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bordering on Bookishness

I’ve received several email notices from Borders citing updates on the status of the store in our area that is closing, and the current discounts available. Previously, priorities popped up, preventing my passage to procure paperbacks and publications. But not today!

As you can see, the question to ask when I’ve been near a bookstore is not “DID you make a purchase,” but rather, “WHAT did you purchase?” I think this trait runs in my family…

Oh, and there was one more:

My thinking was, if my dear hubby sees that I MIGHT be inspired to cook once in awhile, he won’t mind that the other three books followed me home.

Do you like bookstores? What was the last book you purchased/borrowed from the library/read? How do you feel about eReaders, like Kindle, Nook, etc?