There are many more good things in England than bad.
The first of the season's apples for instance.
These are Discoveries.
They are crisp and juicy and the flesh just under the red skin is rosy.
They are not a particularly old variety, only about seventy years old.
I have tried to discover why they are called discovery. I could not, but I like to imagine it is a reference to Sir Isaac Newton's discovery.
Good Things in England was written in 1932. It is a lovely book to read.
Some of the recipes do not appeal to us today; moor fowl (moorhens) served with red cabbage, Norwich cygnets, stewed lamb's tails, rook pie for example.
But, many more do; savoury baked eggs, collier's pie (flaky pastry filled with cheese, bacon and onion), baked white fish, bacon and green peas, skinless sausages, Madras chicken curry, Stoodliegh Rectory stew (Irish stew), strawberry shortcake, poor knights of Windsor (eggy bread), and a Worcester recipe for beef olives are all things I'd put on my table.
The recipe I most want to try is Grassy Corner Pudding. To make it you must line a mould with lemon jelly, one assumes not from a packet, then you make a pint of strawberry cream and a pint of vanilla cream. You make layers with the two creams and 'put it on ice' (the fridge). If I can just work out how to line a mould with jelly.
Although I have had this book a long time today was the first time I cooked from it.
Ham loaf seemed a nice, simple family meal.