I’ve been cooking up a storm today trying out new recipes with my newfound baking skill (carefully honed during hours of watching the Great British Bake Off). My Ancestry.com free trial ran out so I suspended my account … for now.
My recipes today were not directly from my great-grandmothers, but they were an homage to them because everything – and I mean everything – was made from scratch. Even the wine! (Just kidding – not the wine … Yet.)
In preparation, I made rolls with my friend Mark a few weeks ago. They were not originally intended for Easter dinner but the refrigerator is an incredible invention. As usual, click through the slideshow to read my “hilarious” commentary.
Today, I decided to make my first tart. I also baked a hash (of my own design) and eggs in nests. I didn’t get play-by-play photos of the preparation in the interest of time but I do have a jolly photo sequence of our many course dinner (by virtue of the fact that everything took longer to cook than I really thought – I guess I’d better start reading those recipes all the way through). Jonathan came over and provided the deviled eggs and wine and hilarious facial expressions.
My mom and sister came over on their way home from up north and they enjoyed some of the tart too. Then I made a real pot of tea in my tea pot and we sat back, nursing our full bellies with Last Week Tonight.
For book club, we’re reading a book called Oh My Stars, which takes place during the Great Depression. All of my great-grandmothers lived through it and I’m eager to try some sewing projects and gardening projects over spring break. I might even look for an original pattern from the 1930’s to attempt. I also want to do some research and find a way that I can “tighten my belt,” so to speak, and get a taste of what people were really living without in the Depression.