HAPPY CHRISTMAS! Farm memories -- Pudding is 200 years old says the recipe!

MERRY CHRISTMAS: TUCK INTO IT … YOU’LL BE ENJOYING A PUD THAT DOESN’T SHOW IT’S AGE!

You can make this star Christmas pudding this year. Jennie Hill, from Miles, Queensland, said, Addi Hill, was the precursor of the star recipe. Not another Christmas pudding? Hang on, wait until you hear what’s in it! Alison Francis has the facts.

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

Another Christmas pudding! I’m assured by Jennie Hill … that she is armed with a recipe that will change your attitude. Steeped not only in rum but tradition, Jennie says she learnt the recipe from her mother-in-law, who learnt it from her mother, who learnt it from her mother -- Addi Hill -- and it “could easily be 200 years old.”

This archetypal country lady was known far and wide as “Mother Hill”; and, just like her title, this recipe was not to be messed with.

“I certainly haven’t made any changes because I think that is a really nice pudding,” Jennie says. “Like a lot of cooks in her era, she used to make the Christmas pudding in October and it would hang in a cloth until you were ready to heat it up again for lunch.

“Now you can just pop a slice in the microwave which is a little different from what they did in those days. They would have been there slaving over a hot stove, or even pots over a fire, like in my great-great- grandmother’s day.”

SELF-CONFESSED

While most pudding makers worth their salt will tell you that you must soak fruit overnight to keep the cake moist. Jennie takes this tip to the next level.

“My secret is that I might soak my fruit for a month, but that doesn’t always mean that it all makes it into the pudding mixture! It’s soaking in rum and so it really is very nice to eat on its own,” Jennie says.

For someone who is a self-confessed “non-cooker”, Jennie says this recipe has been a godsend.

GRANDMA’S CHRISTMAS PUDDING

Soaking ingredients:

1/2lb butter, 1lb plain flour, ¾ lb sugar, ¼ tsp of salt, ¼ tsp spice, ½ tsp cinnamon, ½ sp nutmeg, ¾ lb sultanas, 1/4lb currants, 1/4lb peel., 6 dates, 6 almonds, 4 walnuts.

Other ingredients

5 or 6 eggs, ½ tsp baking soda, 1tbs boiling water.

Method:

1.To prepare the cloth, soak in boiling water. Squeeze excess moisture from cloth when removed from water.

2. Sprinkle 1tbs of flour over the cloth and shake off surplus.

3. Soak all the soaking ingredients overnight or for longer in 2 tbs rum and 1 tbs treacle.

4. To prepare the pudding, cream the butter and sugar.

5. Add eggs, one at a time, and beat well.

6. Add sifted flour and fruits, alternating them.

7 Add baking soda, dissolved in the boiling water.

8. Put pudding mix in the cloth.

9. Tie the cloth about an inch above the pudding.

10. Put pudding in boiling water.

11 Simmer pudding for 6 hours on the first day.

12. Cook for a further 2 hours on the day pudding is to be eaten.

13. Carefully remove the cloth while the pudding is hot to keep skin intact.

<< From Alison Francis’s Grandma’s star pudding, Land newspaper, February 27, 2014.

Picture: Very similar. Not the same, though. Our recipe is 200 years old!


BEHINDS THE NEWS!

Vale: British beauty icon Christine Keeler dies

Christine Keeler, who was at the heart of the “Profumo Affair in 1963, has died. She was 75. The scandal ended Profumo’s career and contributed to the end of the Tory government the following year.

Vale: TV’s erstwhile wit Gomer Pyle dies

Jim Nabors was 87 when he died at his home in Honolulu. Nabors starred as “bumbling hayseed” Gomer Pyle on the Andy Griffith Show before doubling up on Gomer Pyle, USMC, one of the drawcard comedies of the 1960s. “Nabors had never acted before Griffith saw him perform at a nightclub,” portraying a bumpkin style of humour. He changed to an “operatic baritone when he broke into song,” said The Washington Post. Nabors debuted in 1963, but the sitcom had been running since 1960. The spin-off ran for 5 years and never finished out of the top 10.

Vale: Bishop farewells her “gentle giant”

Television personality Angela Bishop has endured for the last 22 months as she managed to juggle her public career with the private heartache of watching her husband, Peter Baikie go through his relentless treatment for cancer. Bishop, and their 10-year-old daughter, Amelia, bid farewell to Baikie when the “gentle giant” died.

Picture: Sad occasion. Angela Bishop, TV personality, prepares to farewell her husband.


THE AUTHORS: PUBLISHER DISCOVERED A RICH VEIN IN THE MARKETPLACE

FRANK MORRIS

Two Australian publishers uncovered a rich vein in the marketplace forty years apart, but only one has been accorded any form of recognition. In 1914, Alfred Cecil Rowlandson, of the NSW Bookstall, was one of them.

Rowlandson broke new ground in Australian publishing by introducing an ‘everyman’ series of paper-covered editions of local authors printed on newspaper which sold for a shilling, ten cents.

More than five million copies of 250 titles, spanning seventy well-known writers had been sold by 1922, the year of Rowlandson’s death.

Although he was ridiculed during the early years of his venture, writes Rowlandson’s biographer Carol Mills, “Rowlandson established a new market” for the established Australian scribe.

LEADING WRITERS

Rowlandson was born in Daylesford, Victoria, on June 15, 1865. He was educated at Northcote State School and Superior Normal School, Brisbane. He was employed at the NSW Bookstall Company where he progressed from a tram ticket seller to managing director of the Company, which he purchased, in 1897.

Eight years later, “Rowly”, as he was often called, launched the Bookstall Series which was to promote Australian writing.

He secured the likes of Arthur Wright, “Steele Rudd” and Vance Palmer; and signed up Norman Lindsay, David Low and Will Dyson to colourfully illustrate such works. Throughout the company’s eight bookshops and railway stalls, the “Bookstall” series went on sale for one shilling.

In 1909, he wrote the novel The Rival Physicians under the pen-name of “Paul Cupid.” He died on June 15, 1922, in Wellington, New Zealand.

<< Frank Morris unpublished title, History of the Book, 2002.

Picture: Nick name. Steele Rudd wrote under this name but his actual name was Arthur Hoey Davis. Rudd was one of the Australia writers he sign up.


WITH ALL THAT FOOD: HERE’S A CHAP WHOSE BOUND TO SUFFER FROM A MALADY CALLED JETLAG.

JETLAG: EXPERTS THROW SOME LIGHT ON A MALADY THAT SICKENS MOST US!

One side of jetlag is an overwhelming feeling a fatigue caused by disrupted sleep patterns.

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

A passenger flying non-stop from Australia to Europe, wrote to Traveller magazine, wondering if jetlag could be worse if I have a two-day stop-over? The passenger was told by having a two-day stop-over on this trip it is definitely a good idea for reducing jetlag.

However, travelling west to Europe means you will be going to bed later that your body clock is used to; short naps are fine if that helps. The same advice applies when you land in Europe.

Most people who have travelled overseas know the experience of jetlag. However, it needn’t upset your holiday or business plans if it is managed carefully.

An overwhelming feeling of fatigue is the main symptom of jetlag, caused by the disruption to normal sleep patterns and biological functions, which are influenced by the multiple time zone changes of trans-meridian.

Other significant symptoms include impaired physical performance, disorientation, insomnia. anxiety, lack of concentration, exhaustion, loss of appetite, bowel movement and headaches.

The quickest way to overcome that jetlag feeling is to change to your sleep times as soon as you arrive on board.

JETLAG BURDEN

Travellers should ensure that they have plenty of rest before flying; eat sensibly, and take the opportunity to exercise or walk around the terminal during stop-overs; or stroll up and down the aircraft aisle; or consult your doctor or chemist.

How to ease the jetlag burden:

MEALS – Deep sleep is difficult after a large meal. You will feel tired but sleep will be light and not refreshing. In particular avoid strong coffee or tea.

ALCOHOL – Maybe yes, maybe no. Alcohol can be stimulating or it can be depressive. Its best to limit your intake or abstain.

READING -- A few minutes of reading is restful and promotes the onset of sleep.

SOFT MUSIC – Low music is relaxing.

REGULAR SLEEP

WARM BATH – A pleasant way to relax. Indulge in a bath or warm shower.

BEDROOM – Ideally a dark, comfortable and quiet room with plenty of good quality air.

SLEEPING – Try and get back to your regular sleep periods as soon as possible.

SLEEPING PILLS – Take pills that have been prescribed by doctor or chemist.

Jetlag cannot be avoided. After all do you mind walking around like a zombie in a trance for a day or two, three and four?

<< Jetlag is from Grand Years, 2013.

Pictures: Sound asleep. This pair will sleep for hours, both on and off the plane. Symtoms. All the complaints will add up to jetlag..     


INSIDE NEWSPAPERS: INTERNATIONAL EXPRESS -- TOLD YOU GRAN WILL LOOK DOWN ON US …

It might seem a little quackers but when an amateur photographer captured a picture of geese and ducks at a lake, clouds in the background looked like …a goose. Margaret McEwan, of Sandhurst, Berkshire, was snapping birds at a local lake when she noticed the bird shape in the sunset sky. “I live close to the lake and was taking photos when they came over to feed.”

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 07 December 17

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