Thursday, December 8, 2011

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories 2010 - December 8 - Christmas Cookies

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories 2010 - December 8 - Christmas Cookies

Christmas cookies are missing from the list of seasonal food I serve at Christmas time.

Cooking and Catering
A  biscuity item I bake each year is "Scotch shortbread" . The recipe comes via my husband's step-grandmother,Isabella Scott, and was published in "Cooking and Catering" compiled by the Arcadia Methodist Ladies sometime in the 1950s.

As a young bride I was given a copy of this book by Isa who religiously baked shortbread for the extended family each year. When Isa moved from the family home at Arcadia to a retirement village I started baking multiple batches of  shortbread for the family and continue to do so each year.

Isa's recipe was a little short on instructions so I annotated her recipe in the book with cooking instructions dictated to me by Isa.

The book contains many recipes that are still useful in today's climate. I have reproduced another of my favourites below.
A Favourite Recipe
Until I started writing this post I hadn't thought much about the little cookbook that features quite a number of Isa's recipes. I am now going to copy the little book and store the original with my genealogy files as it is a printed resource that gives information about Isa and her activities.

This post was first published for the Advent Calendar Calendar of Christmas Memories in 2010


Colleen G. Brown Pasquale said...

That's a great little cookbook! I love that kind of thing. Thanks for sharing!

Thomas Gamble said...

Great post! I`ll send it to all my friends!


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