Friday, 27 October 2017

Mrs Beeton and pine-apple: Episode 1

Mrs Beeton’s Every Day Cookery and Housekeeping Book UK 1893, reprint 2011
Pine-apple Ice Cream

Ingredients for ices for 8 persons: ¼ lb of tinned pine; the juice of a small lemon; 1 pint of cream; 1/2 pint of milk; ¼ lb of white sugar

Average cost, 2s

Cut the pine into dice, bruise it in a mortar, then add the lemon-juice, sugar, cream and milk. Mix them thoroughly, press through a hair-sieve and freeze.

Time: 25 minutes to freeze the ice.

Seasonable at any time.

From an original 1893 Mrs Beeton's:

"Young girls generally enjoy a morning in the kitchen devoted to the task of making pretty dishes; and might we suggest that their culinary education should not end with these. It is far more important to know how to boil a potato, to roast a joint, or to fry fish, than to be able to clear a jelly or decorate a cream; yet many girls will not try to learn the homely useful division of cookery." Mrs Beeton

Who was Mrs Beeton?

Well according to

"Beeton was a Victorian writer whose 'Book of Household Management' is one of the most famous cookery books ever published.

Isabella Mayson was born on 12 March 1836 in London. She was educated in Germany. In 1856, she married Samuel Beeton, a wealthy publisher and began to write articles on cooking and household management for her husband's publications.

In 1861, the first instalment of her famous 'The Book of Household Management' was published. It was an immediate success, selling over 60,000 copies in its first year of publication and nearly two million by 1868. As well as recipes the book contained advice regarding household management, childcare, etiquette, entertaining and the employment of servants. It was illustrated with coloured engravings on nearly every page and was the first to format recipes in the layout still used today.
Beeton died on 6 February 1865 (aged 28!) of an infection following the birth of her fourth child."

By Maull & Polyblank - National Portrait Gallery, Public Domain,

And here,, I discovered a television movie "The Secret Life of Mrs Beeton" 2006 which I'll have to track down! Anne

1 comment:

  1. That image of all the fruit is wonderful - would look lovely as a print.