Sunday, February 04, 2018

February 5th, 2018

Once I had a friend - a War Bride from Lancashire who married a Cawston Lad and came here, to British Columbia, as did many other War Brides who were dazzled by Canadian Fellows.

She lived in the village and I lived on the "Bench" where Charles and I were establishing an orchard and bringing up all those lovely children.

We were both Anglicans.  She was here before me, and when I arrived she took me under her wing and introduced me to the village, the church and the adjoining town.  She also re-introduced me to the Jelly Roll, which a friend of my mother's used to make but which I had never tackled.

It was her Piece de Resistance..

She made the most marvelous Lemon Curd filling for those light and wonderful concoctions that she baked in a 10x15 inch pan, turned out on to a clean towel covered with icing sugar. slathered it with that lovely lemony sauce and then rolled it up tight and waited for exclamations of appreciation.

Which I must admit were many, - it became her trade mark, - that and her fondness for "Knees up Mother Brown" at Saturday night parties!!!

Today, when I was looking for a recipe for Potatoes Anna, I found in an old book a wonderful recipe for a Lemon Jelly Roll, and the years faded away and I was young, and she was young, and our husbands and families were young, and the world was a wonderful place.

Tomorrow, or the next time I write here, I will tell you about Potatoes Anna and the sweet and exotic friend who taught me how to make this enticing dish...


John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

If she came from England she'd have called it Swiss Roll, I expect. I made some once with the "help" of a young man with autism and other learning difficulties - the result was not picturesque but it certainly tasted OK to judge by the few crumbs I was able to salvage for myself.

Chip Butter said...

"...and the years faded away and I was young....." It's wonderful to have good memories to look back on. I'll be watching for the rest of the story," as Paul Harvey used to say.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Priceless memories ... I do love it when you share. (On a more mundane note that jelly roll sounds wonderful -- I've only ever had them with raspberry jam -- lemon curd sounds a thousand times better.)