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 Post subject: The Chalet Girls' Cookbook / The Chalet Club Newsletters
PostPosted: 11 Oct 2018, 07:02 
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To finish off, a discussion of the two remaining pieces of EBD-authored Chalet work.

The Chalet School Cookbook was published in 1953. It contains actual recipes, with a framing story where the Quartette, not long after leaving school, are stuck in quarantine at a hotel and decides to write a cookbook to pass the time. In between the recipes are the conversations between the girls.

The recipes themselves are probably best described as a mix of standard UK cooking of the era, combined with recipes that are exotic by 1950s post war rationing standards, but don't require any unusual ingredients.

Some of the international recipes are a bit unusual; my favourite is the descritpion of soy sauce as "Bechamel sauce, only made with soya bean flour instead of normal flour".

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The Chalet School Newsletters is a GGB compilation of the twenty EBD fan club newsletters written between 1959 and 1969. They were intended for readers of the books, and include information about the Chalet series and its characters, meanings of names, advice to young writers and book recommendations. In addition, there are prints of letters by readers (questions, comments, descriptions of trips), competitions and their results, and lots of encouragement to save up to buy more Chalet School books or request them as presents.

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So, for those who have read either of these, what did you think of them? Did you try any of the recipes? How many people read the newsletters when they first came out?

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I absolutely love the fact that Madge makes a Lancashire hotpot :D . And I like the idea of the four girls going on holiday together.

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I do like the Cookbook, especially for its sheer quirkiness - everything from pea soup to Easter sweets for the children - but I always have a bit of a problem with believing that the girls remembered the exact amounts, temperatures, timings etc. Wouldn't they be more likely to have roughed it out first and then made a fair copy for Marie later when they could check all that out?

I appreciate your work on these other books enormously, jennifer, and thank you - I guess titles such as 'They Both Liked Dogs' won't have been read by enough people for a discussion (or have I missed something?).


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I love all the little factoids that the cookbook randomly includes about characters. Some of the most interesting:

Madge, Dick and Jo used to make butterscotch on the dining-room fire
Jo was taught to cook rice 'the Indian way' by Mollie when she was in India
Marie used to make fondants with her mother
The Flowers had a Chinese cook-boy
Madge and Bill ordered a Pfannkuchen each in a restaurant and were shocked at how large and dense they were

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Noreen wrote:
I appreciate your work on these other books enormously, jennifer, and thank you - I guess titles such as 'They Both Liked Dogs' won't have been read by enough people for a discussion (or have I missed something?).


I think these have been discussions on the Chalet School connectors (for lack of a better way of putting it). If anyone wishes to start a discussion on Beechy of the Harbour School or Jean of Storms (especially the glorious line about feeling the need of a woman to sit by him whilst he reads books on pulmonary diseases), do feel free :lol: :lol: . Lorna of Wynyards or A Thrilling Term at Janeways would be a lot better, though!

Thanks for doing all this, Jennifer. I haven't read the cookbook for ages!

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Lorna at Wynyards could very tangentially be considered a connector, as Lorna's aunt and cousin met Joey and family on holiday in France, and Kit has a collection of Josephine M Bettany's books, but it is a very tenuous connection!


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I enjoyed the Cookbook, more for the story and the links to the Quartette than the recipes... using washing blue to colour icing seemed off! And Simone saying that shellfish is indigestible...

The newsletters I also liked because of the casual, yet informative tone. I was thrilled to find a letter from a girl from the village where my father grew up, and who I knew. She was a huge celebrity to me then! Seeing a letter from a young girl from a tiny island in the immediate post-war period was just amazing!


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I absolutely loved the newsletters. I joined the original Chalet Club around the beginning of 1967 and received the end of 1966 letter and each one thereafter until EBD died.

I kept the newsletters and was looking at them a couple of weeks ago. When EBD died Chambers sent a last letter with her photo and for some reason she scared me a little - maybe because she did not look as I expected. Sure enough, in the little pile of letters I have this one is turned another way so her photo is hidden.

I also bought the book with all the letters a few years back. It was not until reading them then that I realised how heavily the books were promoted with suggestions by EBD about saving for them, the Club issuing saving sheets, getting them as presents, etc, etc.

EBD did encourage her readers though in various ways.

I don't think I ever wrote in although at one point I nearly did to ask why she had given Len such a dreadful name!


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KB wrote:
I love all the little factoids that the cookbook randomly includes about characters. Some of the most interesting:

Madge, Dick and Jo used to make butterscotch on the dining-room fire
Jo was taught to cook rice 'the Indian way' by Mollie when she was in India
Marie used to make fondants with her mother
The Flowers had a Chinese cook-boy
Madge and Bill ordered a Pfannkuchen each in a restaurant and were shocked at how large and dense they were


The thick Pfannkuchen are actually called Kaiserschmarrn in Tirol and are served with either apple puree or plum compote. You still see them on menus as a main course, although these days there's often a smaller portion offered as a dessert as well. They're absolutely delicious, but do come as a bit of a shock if you were expecting crepes.

(Just as an aside, the Oberbayern/Tirol equivalent of saying "What a load of rubbish", is "So ein Schmarrn")


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So is it bad that I've eaten an entire serving of apple Kaiserschmarrn on my own? :oops:

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It is certainly impressive. I was showing off my knowledge of the local cuisine and said I would just have soup then Kaiserschmarmm. The soup was like thick vegetable stew, I managed most of it. The Kaiserchmarmm was about an inch thick and covered a large dinner plate. The waiter was not surprised when I said I couldn't finish it!


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Wikipedia has a nice article on Kaiserschmarrn - a dish found in all the regions of the former Austro-Hungarian empire.

The Czech name for it, trhanec, means "pulled to pieces"....

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