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I was just saying, I knew grandma had a recipe for ice cream somewhere… :) This is another one of the many McCall’s recipes grandmother wrote down. Check out the rest here. In my previous posting, I wrote a little bit about the background of commercial ice cream. I was surprised to discover the wide […]

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Chocolate Fudge

Fudge is very much an American confection, and continues the collection of American dessert recipes that grandma collected. In some cases, grandma would note down that the recipe came from the American women’s magazine, McCalls, such as in some of these recipes. Fudge is believed to date from the 1880s, becoming popular at women’s colleges […]

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I love making muffins because they are so easy: wet ingredients in one bowl, dry in another, mix together quickly and you’re done! Blueberries, especially fresh ones, are still pretty exotic in Singapore today, they must have been terribly rare back in grandmother’s time back in the 1960s. Which makes me think this recipe was […]

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Another American recipe from McCalls magazine. Find the full list of other McCalls recipes on this blog here. I wonder if ‘shortening’ here means specifically (vegetable) shortening? Technically, ‘shortening’ can be any kind of fat, but grandma often used vegetable shortening instead of butter, as was common at the time. I’ve written here about the […]

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Note the ‘McCalls’ written in the top left hand corner. This is one of several recipes in grandmother’s notebook which came from McCalls, the popular American women’s magazine. The other McCalls recipes so far are: Egg Rolls – Wrappers Banana Bread Find the full list of other McCalls recipes here. One ingredient in the frosting […]

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This is yet another McCalls recipe. The ingredients and techniques look very similar to the family-favourite Banana Cake recipe I posted earlier, although the quantity of ingredients looks different. There seems to be very little shortening here, whereas the other recipe is actually rather buttery and I’ve found myself reducing the amount of fat when […]

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Please don’t be fooled – this is not the recipe for traditional, nonya pineapple tarts made for Chinese New Year. This is a western pie recipe for which the filling is pineapple. Grandma also had a recipe for Pineapple Pie Filling that you might want to have a look at. Interesting food journeys are hinted […]

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“Pea-nut” as an alternative spelling is very cute :)! Anyway, this recipe (which grandmother penned in turquoise fountain pen ink so is clearly from the 1960s or 70s) got me thinking about when commercial peanut butter became available. A quick check on the internet revealed that some of the popular brands today, Skippy and Peter […]

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