Some more gems from Janet Murray; her recipes were broadcast during a programme called Morning Call, I believe some time in the 1950’s and 60’s, and from that a small but very good recipe booklet was produced. So, if you have a sore throat, this is one for you:
Put a cupful of (oat) bran into a saucepan and add 2 cupfuls of warm water. Bring it slowly to the boil and let it simmer for 10 minutes. Strain it and add lemon and honey or sugar to taste.
For a cold or for a sore throat it should be served as hot as possible. Served cold, it makes a palatable drink for anyone who has to take a good deal of fluid.
Here’s the recipe which follows:
Slim scones or slappies
I had a letter the other day from a friend who listens to this broadcast, and she reminded me of a farmhouse she and I used to visit. The farmer’s wife was an excellent baker, but if she was caught out with all the cake tins empty she was quite unperturbed. She would say cheerfully, ‘I’ll slap oot a scone till the kettle comes to bile.’
This particular scone was known on the family as a slappy. It is a girdle scone, almost paper thin, delicious to eat hot, and very good cold with a piece of farmhouse cheese. And, as you can see, it is very quickly made.
½ lb plain white flour; a pinch of salt; 2 oz butter; 1 egg; ½ cupful milk
Sift the flour into a bowl, add eh salt, and rub in the butter. Beat the egg until it is frothy, add the milk to it, and with this make a soft dough.
Work the dough lightly and roll it out on a floured board, keeping it in the round. Cut in for and bake on a hot girdle, first on on side and tehn on the other. It should be a pale, spotty brown when cooked.