Making quince jelly, visiting Rowan's blog and Ivan Day's Historic food
website, listening to Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall extolling the delights
of "Treats from the Edwardian Country House" this morning on TV - all
have reminded me of some of the old cookery books which I have collected
over the years.
This morning's Fearnley-Whittingstall frolics were concerned with the
making of "iced creams" in all their decorative glory - and I was
reminded of this little book which I own. "The Book of Ices" by Mrs. A.
B. Marshall gives many ice-cream recipes, but also advises on the
colouring and decoration of said concoctions, plus their moulding into
all sorts of ornamental table pieces. Aren't they just delightful?
I think I might try some of these - now, where to find a swan or a
pineapple mould - and more particularly, the patience to both fill and
remove the iced creams from it - MUCH easier said than done! I think I will stick to the simple "bombe" shape - I have an old copper bombe mould which has not yet been experimented with. Watch this space for the results!
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