07 October 2010

Fielder's Sponge

The Self Help Cookery Book, New and improved edition, (1939) is a treasure trove of recipes and household hints.

The copy I have is fragile, its pages loose, some covered in flour or cocoa. Between its worn pages someone once tucked a recipe, carefully written on a small scrap of paper. I found this little artifact and have given it a new lease of life in my art work.

I haven't tried the recipe, but let me know if you do! Here it is, copied exactly as it was written all those years ago.

Fielder's Sponge

3 Eggs, 2 1/2 oz cornflour
1 teaspoon Baking Powder,
4 Tablesp Sugar, 1 dessert Flour,
Beat whites of eggs till
stiff add yolks, add sugar
gradually, Beat till stiff
& sugar dissolved. Bake
8" sandwich tins
15 minutes


  1. Oh Veronica!
    How lovely! I have several old cookbooks that I treasure. If they have scribbled notes in the margins or a copied recipe "bookmark" (like yours) - so much the better!

    Your art is very special - not only beautiful but full of meaning. :-)

    Thank you for stopping by my blog.
    Warmest wishes,

  2. Your blog is *so* lovely- I'm drinking some tea and going through the archives and just wanted to say "hello!" Thank you for this beauty!

  3. there's something about finding a handwritten recipe that makes you feel like you've come across hidden treasure! i love the way you've used it in your artwork.....beautiful!! xox, :))

  4. What a wonderful use of such treasure. Beautiful...just beautiful :)

  5. gorgeous!

    my mother color-photocopied her gram's hand-written recipes and covered her own recipe box with them.

    and i love it when the recipes take on the floury drips and stains of years of use. :)

  6. Old cookbooks = special treasures. So glad you shared this recipe!

  7. Veronica, this is so lovely! I love old handwriting so much. I found an old antique book of mine the other day and when I opened it I remembered why I had bought it. It has the owners name and date written in old fashioned handwriting. The date was 1896, it made me think of you. Hope you have had a lovely day x