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...