Food was rationed and money was scarce' author Margaret

Issue 514

DEWSBURY journalist Margaret Watson has combined her love of cooking with her interest in local history to produce a book to raise funds for the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice.
The book – Dewsbury in Food and Photos – contains nearly a hundred photographs of old Dewsbury, each accompanied by a traditional Yorkshire recipe.
The photographs and recipes have come from a large collection Margaret has amassed during her 50year journalistic career in Dewsbury.
Many of the dishes come from old recipe books produced by local churches and women’s organisations including the Women’s Institute and Townswomen’s Guild.
“But there are also some I learned at my mother’s knee and some which family and friends from Dewsbury have passed on to me,” said Margaret.
“These women must have spent half their lives in the kitchen cooking and baking for their families. They had no alternative because there were no short cuts in those days. No laboursaving gadgets or readymade packaged foods to fall back on.
“During my childhood food was rationed and money was scarce. I grew up watching my mother make meals that were cheap and simple to make but always tasty, like corned beef hash, shepherd’s pie and roast breast of mutton.
“We didn’t have fancy desserts, just good old feather cake and rock buns, jam pasty and rice pudding with a thick brown crust on top.”
Margaret’s book is priced at £10 and all the money raised will go directly to the Forget Me Not Trust children's hospice charity. The cost of publication has been met by sponsorship from local businesses, organisations, schools and churches.
The book is on sale at The Press offices on Oates Street, Dewsbury Minster Church, WH Smith and Dewsbury Museum, or can be ordered by emailing mwrecipebook @gmail.com.

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