Feb 262018

Today is the birthday of my sister, Anna.  As I have done for my own birthday, I will celebrate hers by listing some celebrations, events, and birthdays that occur today by way of a small gift (I have sent an actual one also). She has to do something in return. I am not going to offer her a recipe. I want her to send me a favorite of hers and I will post it. I know that one of her favorite cookbooks used to be Robert Carrier’s Great Dishes of the World. I doubt that she will send me a recipe from it, however, because she gave me her original copy some years ago. She gave me a paperback copy when I was in my 20s and just embarking on cooking adventures, but I used it so much that it fell apart, and I left it in New York. I complained to her about missing it so she sent me her copy, all gravy stained and battered, when I lived in Buenos Aires. I still have it, but it is in storage in Italy.

Besides my sister’s birthday today has the following to recommend it:


Liberation Day in Kuwait: celebrating the liberation of Kuwait from Iraqi occupation in 1991.

National Wear Red Day: a celebration started in the U.K. to raise awareness of heart disease among women.


1616 – Galileo Galilei is formally banned by the Roman Catholic Church from teaching or defending the view that the earth orbits the sun.

1815 – Napoleon Bonaparte escapes from Elba.

1909 – Kinemacolor, the first successful color motion picture process, is first shown to the general public at the Palace Theatre in London.

1914 – HMHS Britannic, sister to the RMS Titanic, is launched at Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast.

1919 – President Woodrow Wilson signs an act of Congress establishing the Grand Canyon National Park.


1564 – Christopher Marlowe, English playwright, poet and translator (d. 1593)

1802 – Victor Hugo, French author, poet, and playwright (d. 1885)

1829 – Levi Strauss, German-American blue jean designer, founded Levi Strauss & Co. (d. 1902)

1846 – Buffalo Bill Cody, U.S. soldier, hunter, and showman (d. 1917)

1852 – John Harvey Kellogg, U.S. surgeon, health advocate, and co-creator of Corn Flakes (d. 1943)

1909 – Fanny Cradock, English chef, author, and critic (d. 1994)

Anna sent me this, saying it is the best recipe for scones:

Marguerite Patten’s Scones

Ingredients: 8 oz self-raising flour; 1 level teaspoon of baking powder; a good pinch of salt; 2 oz butter; 1 oz sugar; 1 beaten egg; 1/4 pint milk. Optional extra: 2 oz raisins.

Method: Put the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl, Rub in the butter. Add the sugar, beaten egg (and fruit if using) then mix in the milk until you have asticky dough. Turn the mixture onto a floured worktop and knead.Then roll the dough out so it’s about half an inch thick. Cut out the scones with a cutter or the top of a glass, then brush with milk and bake at 220 for 12-15 minutes.

Serve while still warm with fresh butter and, my favourite, raspberry jam.


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