Welcome to Glam Grans’ Favourite Foods – Part 5 – the final in this series honouring grandparents’ recipes.
As promised in last week’s Favourite Foods post, I will share with you some more tips from the M. W. U Cookery Book as well as a delicious fudge recipe that will be sure to delight everyone.
The most important recipe I’m sharing is the one below, to make us happy, according to the M. W. U Cookery Book.
The wise women who put together the recipes in that wonderful book knew their stuff when it comes to using borax.
THE VALUE OF BORAX
Every country housewife should keep a supply of borax on hand, as no other article will be found of equal value.
Freely used in summer, it will cleanse, deodorise and disinfect.
Rubbed on hams, it will keep from being molested by insects without further protection.
Eggs dipped in a solution of borax will remain fresh for months.
Milk to which is added, even in the warmest weather, will not sour for several days.
Butter can be kept in a fresh condition for months by using a little borax mixed with salt.
Poultry and game, if rubbed with powdered borax as soon as dressed, will be preserved from all taint of mustiness.As borax is entirely harmless in its effect upon food when used to preserve it, and the cost so low, there is no excuse for not keeping it for constant use in the household, when it may be made to so greatly lesson the labour in many departments, as well as add to the health and comfort of the family.
I shared this as I thought the wording was amusing, but these ladies knew what they were talking about.
Borax, also known as sodium borate, is a mineral found in deposits left as a result of repeated evaporation of seasonal lakes.
It was first discovered in dry creek beds in Tibet and came into common use during the late 19th century.
It can still be found in many household laundry and cleaning products.
While some countries have banned the use of borax as a food preservative, many others still use it for this purpose. Borax is also used in some tooth cleaning formulas, as the active ingredient for killing cockroaches and as a fire retardant.
You can find more fascinating borax facts at Wikipedia.
In the meantime, let me share with you one of my family’s favourite fudge recipes.
I can’t even remember where I got this recipe from but I have been making it for decades. It is ridiculously easy, with only five ingredients and a little water.
The texture is delightful – not grainy like lots of fudge recipes – and while it’s sweet it doesn’t leave that weird feeling on the roof of your mouth that overly sweet fudge often does.
Serves 1 – 10 – depending on how greedy you are being. 🙂
Prep Time = 10 minutes
Cooking Time = 5 – 10 minutes, depending on the cooktop. Then 1 – 2 hours setting time in the fridge
- 200g marshmallows
- 60g butter
- 1 tbs water
- 125g dark or milk chocolate, chopped
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 125g slivered almonds
- Grease a bar tin and cover with foil, then grease foil.
- Put marshmallows, water and butter in a saucepan and stir over low heat until marshmallows have dissolved.
- Cook until the mixture is simmering.
- Remove from heat and add chocolate and stir until it is melted.
- Stir in vanilla essence and slivered almonds.
- Pour into prepared pan and refrigerate until set.
- Cut into bite-size pieces and enjoy!
This recipe can be kept in the fridge for a week.
I hope you enjoyed this series on Glam Grans’ Favourite Foods. You can read what inspired the series in Part One, check out Mum’s Yummy Chicken in Part Two, a delicious recipe for Peach Cakes in Part Three, and some wonderful recipes for comfort and wellness in Part Four.
Happy cooking, and have a gleeful week, Tamuria.