Rumford Complete Cook Book

I am away on an impromptu trip at the moment so please ignore my lack of visiting your blogs.  I will be back next week. 🙂

Old cookery books

I was thrilled the Rumford Complete Book Book was on top of the pile as it is the one with all the handwritten recipes in my gran and great-gran’s handwriting!  What a nostalgic and wonderful treasure to be able to hold and read them!

Rumford Complete Cook Book

A few of the recipes make reference to measurements in teacups – not quite sure what that equates to in today’s terms.  I might find out in one of these wonderful old books.

old family recipes

I soon learnt that Rumford is a brand of baking powder and they are still going strong today.  The book was written by Lily Haxworth Wallace, a lecturer, teacher and writer on domestic science for the department of home economics of the Rumford Company.  The book was first published in 1908 – 106 years ago!

The Wholesome
Baking Powder
Best of the High Grade Powders
Made of the genuine Professor Horsford’s phosphate, it restores to the flour the nutritious properties absolutely necessary to health, of which fine wheat flour has been deprived in the process of milling.  Professors Horsford’s phosphate is made by us solely for our own use, none being sold for use in any other baking powder.

Part of the Preface reads: “It is not claimed that these recipes are all new.  Some are original; some the gift of friends who have experimented till good results were obtained; some are old family recipes, never before printed; while others are standard rules that have stood the test of years and are still at the head of their respective lists.  However, all have been tested and may be used by the novice and the same certainly of success as when the ingredients are combined by the experienced cook.”

They must have had very small wine glasses back in the day as 4 wine glassfuls were equivalent to 1 cupful.  I reckon 1 of my wine glasses would equal 3 cups.

A common ingredient through the book was orange being used in everything from omelets to cream pies and steamed puddings with prunes also being a prominent ingredient as well as breadcrumbs and oysters and all the recipes used a minimum of ingredients and none of the recipes mentioned what temperature the oven should be set at.  Guess a moderate oven was the flavour of the day.

I love that the end of each chapter had a few blank pages headed Memoranda, similar to the idea of what I put in my book. 🙂

There is a chapter dedicated to recipes for the sick and advice includes: “Have all hot beverages brought to the door of the sick room in a covered pitcher, then poured into the cup, thus avoiding the danger of spilling liquids into the saucer while carrying them to the patient.  When liquid foods are given, other receptacles than those for medicine should be used, as the association of the two is often times unpleasant.”

“Be very careful to keep such foods as milk, beef tea, etc., covered while in the refrigerator, to avoid contact with other or more odorous foods.  If the refrigerator has more than one compartment reserve one exclusively for the use of the sick room.”

What a lovely old book.

50 thoughts on “Rumford Complete Cook Book

  1. I would love to read through that old cook book. And interesting how wine glasses have stretched over the years! I’m with you in that my ‘today’s glass’ would be three times the size of the pour back then. Enjoy your break xx

    • Good to know its not just my wine glasses that have stretched in size Charlie. I am having a wonderful time visiting with my folks and my ever loving Pete. He couldn’t get home this trip so I came here instead. Have a wonderful day. 🙂 xo

    • I am having a wonderful break with my folks and Pete.
      Reading through the pages in these old books takes me back to a time that was simpler and I am sure happier. Have a wonderful day Smidge. 🙂 xo

    • My dearest Kim, I am having the most beautiful time with my folks and Pete here in Joburg. Pete won the award for Consultant of the year from The BCI of London – I am so incredibly proud of my ever loving husband. He is an inspiration to so many people and I always say he is a Saint walking the earth. I fall more and more in love with him every single day. I am savouring every minute of my week here and was even brave enough and had about 8 inches chopped of the length of my hair – seems so short now! The condition feels wonderful – makes me realise how dry my hair was. I can’t wait to catch up with you when I get back home next week, Love, hugs and kisses to you from my old home town. 🙂 xoxoxo

  2. This is absolutely wonderful! I think tea cups and wine glasses were much smaller and more genteel back then 😉 Enjoy your trip – impromptu ones are great fun especially with loved ones…

    • Aah yes, we aren’t quite as genteel now days. I am having a beautiful time visiting with my mom and dad and my Pete. He wasn’t able to come home this trip, so I came here to be with him and was honoured to be by his side last night when he was awarded as being The consultant of the year from the BCI of London. So pleased he has been given the acknowledgement he so richly deserves. Things like this make it easier for him being away from home so much. Have a lovely day Tanya. 🙂 xo

  3. Ohhhh I do hope you are enjoying your break Miss Mandy. Looking forward to hearing where you adventured too. Hopefully it involved a MeerKat…. 🙂 Awh I love old cook books, actually, I love all old books. 🙂 Cant wait to have a read when I visit. LOL
    No complaints from me with my wine glass getting 3 x bigger over the years, saves time and energy with all that refilling right?! And when it comes to cooking, I dont think I’ve ever measured out the wine I pour in. Hmmmmm.
    Wishing you a super fun filled day, sending you giant hugs and loves across the oceans. xoxox

    • My dear Anna, I am having a blast visiting with my folks and my Pete. He was awarded with the honour of being the consultant of the year from the BCI of London last night and I am beyond ecstatic that I was able to be with him – YAY! Oh I would love to see a meerkat – will have to wait until I am home again for that. We really should start writing a list of the things we want to do when you are visiting. Have a beautiful day my sweet friend and love and hugs right back to you. 🙂 xoxoxo

      • Boom Diggity ~ High Fives ~ Fist Bumps ~ Happy Dancing…. That is amazing. Please tell your Pete “CONGRATULATIONS’. That is so fantastic. 🙂 Are you adventuring in London?

        Yes, lets start a list… Meerkats are right up top! LOL!
        Wishing you a beautiful day. xox

        • Aww, thanks my Anna! So proud of my precious Pete! Wish we were adventuring to London for the next set of awards but alas the cost is too heavy.
          Right, Meerkats it is. I will get the word out to them – hee hee. Have a beautiful love filled and happy weekend dear. 🙂 xoxoxo

  4. You really have some treasures there and isn’t it even more special to have the hand written notes. I’m thinking that a teacup is probably the size of a dainty little cup from a china set. Just as with the wine glasses, I think teacups have also expanded and look more like mugs to me.
    Enjoy your time with the family. It’s great that you can get away…and congratulations to Pete! I can tell how much you love this guy.

  5. So very glad you and Pete are having some excellent family time together, and many congratulations to Pete on his work recognition!!! May the time away be restful and happy right through. I love old cookbooks, too, especially those with ideas that we consider quaint nowadays, and best of all, those that have handwritten notes in them! Thanks for sharing, darling Mandy!

    Love and hugs!

    • Dearest Kath, you are always so very kind, thank you for always lifting my spirits. My Pete is such an incredible man, it really is wonderful to have him get this recognition. Here’s hoping it goes from strength to strength with all he so richly deserves. The books are such a wonderful read and so special knowing they are family books. Have a wonderful weekend ahead Kath and love and hugs to you. 🙂 xoxoxo

    • Bam, I am positive my family “old” recipes from my gran handed down through the years must come from these old books. I am having a wonderful time and look forward to catching up with you when I return home. Have a beautiful weekend ahead. 🙂 xo

  6. Hi
    That picture of the old books is enough for me to feel the pleasure of reading something old and vintage.
    I love such old and well used books which are so different from what we find now, there is only simplicity and a genuine way of putting out the things they know on paper.
    Please share some recipes if you can with us. Simple straightforward recipes.

  7. What a treasure, particularly the handwritten recipes from the past. We have some very old cookbooks we discovered on our farm and in old bookstores. They are fun to read and a window to a different time.

    • What a wonderful treat finding old recipe books on your farm Bill! I love the mystery of who they must have belonged to and what recipes they used. Wonderful! I love the simplicity of the recipes of decades ago. Have a wonderful week ahead. 🙂 xo

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