Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Elizabeth Hiller's Tea Recipes
One of my recent vintage finds was this "Calendar of Luncheons, Teas and Suppers" by Elizabeth O. Hiller. I just love reading through old recipes, and I especially love coming across old teatime recipes because it's interesting to see which tea foods of yesteryear are still popular today.
I hope you can double-click and read this OK, because I am intrigued that she referred to "the old-time practice" of having a tea hour. This book is from around 1915, so "old-time" to her meant something *really* old-time to us today!
The teapot and teacup graphics appearing on all the pages are just so lovely, I think. The flip-calendar format is intriguing, and the pages are rather large -- about 5-1/2 x 11 inches.
Each page of the calendar lists an entire week of menu suggestions, and each day includes one recipe from the day's suggested menu.
I had never heard of French Macaroni, Blackberry Rolls (which sound great) or Ceylon Cocoa. (Ceylon tea, yes. Ceylon cocoa, no.)
And finally, I found it amusing that the ingredients you would need to assemble for this recipe include a tea house! Looks to me like only Marilyn will be making this anytime soon since she is the only woman I know who currently has a tea house. Do you enjoy reading old recipes? Do you actually use any of them? I'd love to know!