Mum’s Essential Tips

I have been browsing through one of our household tips books, researching features for the 2014 Dairy Diary and it got me thinking about the tips my mum has passed on to me.

It’s quite incredible how technology has advanced in the last 30 years or so and, as a consequence, the way we look after our homes has changed dramatically.

I think we have lost some
valuable skills and knowledge
through the generations.

There is some very simple advice Mum has passed on, such as, leaving the covers back each morning to air the bed and putting a pudding in the oven whilst the roast is cooking (to make the most of the energy used). We always used to have a good old-fashioned rice pudding or egg custard after our Sunday roast.

It’s about time I revived this tradition I think, especially in an age when being ‘green’ is so important. I even remember her using something called Economy Seven, where she would put the washing machine on during the night when electricity was cheaper. Does anyone else remember this?

Mum isn’t a keen cook, but she always baked with me as a child as she knew how much I loved it.

Most vividly, I remember making sweets, such as peppermint creams and coconut ice.

We used to give them as gifts. Such fond memories, thanks Mum!

In homage to those halcyon days, I am going to do my best to persuade my train loving, baking-reluctant little boy to make some of these cute little sweets with me at the weekend.

Coconut Ice recipeThis Coconut Ice recipe is taken from The Dairy Book of Home Cookery, a family heirloom in its own right! Many sons and daughters have been given one by their mum upon leaving home. Still full of those crucial basics we all love, with the addition of some new classics, the 2012 edition is available to buy online at the Dairy Diary website.

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1 Comment

  1. Frugal Faye says:

    When you press your finished knitting do it under a sheet of newspaper, it makes the knitting come up lovely without squashing the pattern

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