Strawberry Pancakes, Anyone?

July 11, 2017

In July of 1960 Gourmet Magazine cost fifty cents – and some of the recipes were completely crazy.  One, for eggplant, has you roast baby eggplants, peel them, cut them in half, seed them, stuff them with an herbal mixture, tie the halves together, pack them in sterilized jars, cover them with oil and vinegar and leave them to marinate for two weeks.  I can’t even imagine the result.

But there are also some terrific-sounding recipes for unusual herbs like burnet – which I’ll give you tomorrow.  Today, some really good berry suggestions.

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  • gail says:

    Dear Ruth,
    A favorite book is The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields. The opening scene has Mercy Stone Goodwill making a ‘Malvern Pudding’ which sounds exactly like the recipe you list called
    ‘Summer Pudding’. I was struck by the similarity.
    Thank you so much!
    Berkeley, CA

    • Hazel says:

      The Malvern Pudding I know is a version of Hasty Pudding, a very early English pudding, and is layers of stewed apples and a sweetened milk and flour ‘custard’.
      I’m in England, however, and I’m sure when recipes travelled with people emigrating that family idiosyncrasies, other cultural influences and plain forgetfulness meant names got changed around. It’s interesting that the same name means two different puddings on either side of the Atlantic!

  • sharon root says:

    Hi Ruth have you made the straweberry pancakes yeat?