Parent-Child Relationship Tutorial

Model of parent/child

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Article Series: Gallery of Old Recipes

In previous posts I’ve shared about family and food in my introduction post – Article series: Family and Food . I’ve shared a recipe of Apple Shortcake that our extended family loves.

Now in this gallery of photos I am sharing a few recipes, from a book that an Aunty gathered up over the years.  She was my mother’s oldest sister, not that we knew that for many years, as she was a half sister, born before my grandmother married my grandfather. We all thought she was our great aunt! Those were the days.  It caused my grandmother to be ostracised from her German family, so we never knew them really. It was why my grandmother was adamant that we all stuck together as family. Continue reading

Article series: How to Make Apple Shortcake

It can be eaten as a desert with custard or ice-cream, or alone on a plate with a fork! It is best eaten the same day it is baked.

Prepare the Apples

cooking apples

I prefer to use Granny Smith apples, but any cooking apples in season will be fine. Peel and slice about four – maybe five, add a little water and put on the stove to cook.  They don’t need to cook fully, but it’s okay if they do.  You may add sugar to sweeten, but I no longer do, as we become more aware of too much sugar in our diets.  The shortcake provides the sweetness I believe. Set aside to cool.

Ingredients for the Shortcake

  • 4 oz of butter (125g)
  • 4 oz of sugar (125g)
  • 1 egg
  • 4 oz of flour (125g)
  • 4 oz of cornflour (125g)
  • 1 tsp of baking powder


  1. Cream the butter and sugar
  2. Add the egg and mix together
  3. Sift the flour, cornflour and baking powder in to the bowl
  4. Mix until it comes together, sometimes more flour needs to be added
  5. Tip out onto a tray that has been prepared with some baking paper that has been dusted with flour
  6. Roll out the dough till it is oval like and thin, but not too thin
  7. Draw a line down the middle as a mark
  8. Apples on shortcakeAdd the apples to the right hand side
  9. Lift the paper up and bring the left side of the dough to be on top
  10. Pinch together and cover up any weak spots, trim paper
  11. Place in oven that has been preheated to 350 Fahrenheit or about 180 Centigrade, it very much depends on your oven, I usually have to make mine slightly hotter
  12. Bake for about 30 minutes
  13. Place on a cooling rack, still on its tray. Cut immediately and leave to cool


When cool, arrange on serving platter and dust very lightly with icing sugar.

Cooked Apple Shortcake

A Video To Show the Whole Process

After making this batch of Apple Shortcake I shared some of it with two younger members of our family 14 month old Max and 2 year old Audrey had their first sampling!

Article Series: Family and Food

Article Series: Family and Food

Recently my niece was at my Dad’s home, and one of my sisters and I were helping her pick out a couple of mementos of my mother – her grandmother, who passed away about eighteen months ago.

She burst into tears as she went through the cookbooks and said, “I just want one that Nana cooked out of, that she used often”. My mother was a very good, economical cook, she had to be, cooking for twelve when we were young.

In later years whenever we joined together for family celebrations my mother would bring her cheesecake that we all loved and at Christmas she had a special touch for cooking the ham.

We all learned to cook growing up, we took our turn weighing in and helping with meals and keeping the tins full. Some of my sisters  have gone on to become very good cooks, branching out as food has changed over the years. Continue reading