Simple, easy, tasty

My mum’s standby cookery book was not Mrs Beeton, although she had a copy, it was the BeRo flour book; her own mother, my grandma had a copy and the little girl pictured on the front looked so like mum, she thought it was her when she was little! I’m sure if mum had had a copy of the national Mark Calendar of Cooking she would have made lots of the recipes, and I can just imagine her making these… they sound so simple, I can just imagine her making them when we got home from school! We had our main meal at lunch time but we would have a light meal usually something on toast such as beans, cheese, sardines, fried tomatoes, mushrooms…

I can almost smell the aroma on a chilly February afternoon when we come in from school, as I imagine her making:

Cheese Aigrettes

  • 2 oz grated cheese
  • 2 oz flour
  • 2 eggs, separated – the whites whipped stiffly
  • 1 oz butter
  • ¼ pint water
  • ½ tsp Worcester sauce
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  1. melt the butter in a saucepan with the water and boil
  2. sprinkle in the flour, stirring vigorously to prevent lumps
  3. continue stirring until the mixture thickens and leaves the sides of the pan
  4. beat in the yolks one at a time and add the cheese, Worcester sauce and salt to taste
  5. fold in the egg whites carefully
  6. deep fry by teaspoonfuls, taking care not to fry too many at once
  7. drain on kitchen paper when golden brown
  8. serve while hot with a fine grating of extra cheese

I think I might add dry mustard to the mixture and a few grinds of nutmeg over the finished aigrettes

Monica aged 11
Monica aged 11

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