As I've been working on my story, I've been scattering bits of food on the pages. Not crumbs, but some delicious treats to help evoke sweet reminisces of familiar tastes. It's important to use all the senses judiciously while writing a novel. Just think about the times you've been reading and someone bit into a luscious dessert, especially one that is one of your favorites!
I've been under the weather for a few days, but my appetite is returning so I thought I'd share with you a little "taste" of some of the online resources I've found for historical recipes - an essential ingredient for infusing authenticity.
Did you know...
That in rural homes in the 19th century, apple, and other fruit pies were often served for breakfast, and considered a good hearty beginning for a hard day's work?
That 2 spoonfuls of rose water, a widely available flavoring before vanilla took over in the mid 19th century?
Some real life resources that I'm blessed to have are old cookbooks that belonged to my great-grandmother, grandmother, and great-aunt. I've some special memories of home baked Molasses Cookies and more. So I'll leave you with a special treat - my great-grandmother's "19th Century Gingerbread" recipe.
NINE-TEENTH CENTURY GINGERBREAD
Mrs. Jennie Walton
1/2 c. sugar
1 c. molasses
1 tsp. ginger
1 tsp. soda (baking soda)
Beat first 4 ingredients until they foam then add:
1 c. cold water
1/2 c. melted shortening (cooking oil as substitute)
2 c. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
Bake in greased and floured pan about 1/2 hour at 375 dgrees.
I've made this delicious recipe many times and it is wonderful served warm with fresh whipped cream.
Do you enjoy writing about food? Reading about food?
Do you have any heirloom recipes? Please feel free to share!