Monday, 11 December 2006

All in the genes?

Not that I claim to be anything out of the ordinary as a cook, but if there is such a thing as a cooking gene, this is where mine comes from ...

My great-grandmother, Frances Elizabeth Dugdale. Born in a North Yorkshire village in the 1860s she went into service in her teens as a kitchen maid at Nunnington Hall. Later she became a cook, I believe at Harewood House near Leeds where she would have worked in this old kitchen.

This photo is another decluttering find. Would that there were recipes to go with it!

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