Today’s Book Snap is inspired by Rowena from Beyond the Flow, who recently wrote about Christmas Traditions and her grandmother’s Honey Biscuit recipe. Honey Biscuits are a Christmas Tradition in my family too. We both have German ancestry, and quite freakishly, own the same little cookbook pictured above – Recipes from my Grossmutter (grandmother). The book was compiled and published by a group of women from Hahndorf, South Australia. Hahndorf is a little town in the Adelaide Hills that still retains much of its German heritage. If you are ever visiting South Australia, a visit to Hahndorf and the Adelaide Hills is a must.
The book was first printed in 1975 and I was given a copy by my mother-in-law. It includes many old recipes, such as Savoury Rabbit, Billy Goat Drops and Honky Tonk Pudding, as well as useful tips such as how to make butter, slaughter a pig and treat a bilious attack. Thankfully it does include some more modern recipes, such as Tuna Mornay and Banana Cake.
As I was flicking through the pages looking for the Honey Biscuit recipe, I discovered a wonderful and amusing recipe which is featured below. Unfortunately we don’t know the original author, but I suspect they had a wonderful sense of humour. I hope you get a good chuckle too but please do keep in mind that times have certainly changed.
To Preserve Husbands
Husbands, like peaches, will not keep the year around unless they are well-preserved.
First select him carefully; be sure he is not too green, neither should he be over-ripe. He might look very tempting and mellow in the market but if he is too old he will not stand the test of the preserving process, but will expose his hard stony heart.
Husbands grown in the tropics of pleasure look very fine, but are usually insipid. The home grown are the best. Select your husband, if possible, from a family tree growing on the sunny side of a church. You will be sure then that he has a sound heart.
Unsound husbands, like unsound peaches, often have to be sorrowfully cast away. Having selected your husband, you should have a clear, steady, cheery fire of love. Your preserving pan (the home) must be clean and neat.
Give him plenty of sweetness, much sugar is needed – vinegar is never used in sweet preserves. If you think he demands a little spice, use it with caution. Do not keep stirring him up, neither should you keep poking him with sharp points to see if he is done – it will spoil his looks.
If you follow the recipe, love will be preserved.
Happy Reading, or Cooking if you prefer.