Jenny Mallin, author of A GRANDMOTHER’S LEGACY: A MEMOIR OF FIVE GENERATIONS WHO LIVED THROUGH THE DAYS OF THE RAJ” describes how she was influenced with her love of cooking by her mother, and how she used to stand beside her in the kitchen as a little girl and watch her mother preparing the most wonderful Anglo-Indian dishes…all from her mother’s tiny kitchen in Shepherd’s Bush in London during the sixties. The bond that mother and daughter would have for the rest of their lives continued throughout Jenny’s life and we are treated to a rare viewing of her great great great grandmother’s recipe book which was started in 1844 whilst her grandmother Wilhelmina was living in Madras as a newly wed memsahib at the age of just sixteen. We learn how Wilhelmina has the foresight and forethought to start writing down her recipes into a big ledger book and how that book stayed in the family being handed down from mother to daughter in five generations with the book finally landing with Jenny! Jenny feels honoured and privileged to own such a unique book, which all five of her grandmothers have owned, sand Jenny feels like she knows each one of her grandmothers from all her years of researching their recipes and cooking them also. Each of her grandmothers had their own recipes which they wrote down in the book, sometimes they would look back and use a certain recipe again and again and in some cases, make changes or additions to them. All in all, it’s a wonderful time capsule which gives the reader of Jenny’s book a personal glimpse into the lives of an Anglo Indian family living their days happily in India during the British Raj.
Jenny’s book is not only a cookbook/memoir it contains a chapter on each of her grandmothers, where we learn about how they used to entertain, what kind of food they ate, what kind of life changing events occurred in each of their lifetime… There’s a wonderful collection of old sepia photographs, the oldest dating back to 1860 of Jenny’s great great great grandparents, Wilhelmina and Joseph Hardy. There’s family snippets where Jenny has shared family anecdotes and stories, an interesting family tree which Jenny has been able to trace her ancestors right back to 1750 to a small town in Yorkshire, England and Jenny has a chapter devoted to her own personal travel experiences around India over the past twenty years with a great collection of her own travel photographs to accompany her travelogues.
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HERE’S AN EXCITING CHANCE TO WIN YOUR VERY OWN E-COPY OF “A GRANDMOTHER’S LEGACY BOOK”, TO ENTER THE COMPETITION YOU MUST FIRST “SHARE” AND “LIKE” JENNY’S FACEBOOK PAGE AT https://www.facebook.com/agrandmotherslegacy AND THEN HAVE A GO AT ANSWERING THE FOLLOWING QUESTION SET BY JENNY:
“MY GREAT GRANDMOTHER MAUD SHANDLEY WROTE A VERY POPULAR ANGLO-INDIAN RECIPE IN HER LEDGER BOOK CALLED FAIR ROSAMUND PUDDING, CAN YOU TELL ME WHAT THE INGREDIENTS WERE IN THAT RECIPE”.
THE LUCKY WINNER(S) WHO CORRECTLY IDENTIFIES THE INGREDIENTS REQUIRED IN HER RECIPE RECEIVES A VERSION OF JENNY’S E-BOOK.