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Making Beeswax Wraps

I really can’t get going this January. It’s always a difficult month as I only work in the daylight hours. Also I intend to adopt a slower pace of work this year, I need more time to do other things. I’m taking this ‘slow living’ to heart and really enjoying feeling calm and relaxed.

I’ve been reading, knitting and cooking healthy food, exercising and following my diet plan. I even made a Facebook group called  ‘Motivation and Support for Healthy Eating and Exercise’ click here if you want to join us.

This week I decided to make some beeswax wraps.

I cut some squares of cotton fabric, having washed it first to remove the finish. Then added some beeswax pellets and another square of fabric on top.
Making beeswax wraps

Making beeswax wraps

This was sandwiched between 2 pieces of baking parchment. I decided to do this on an old towel rather than the ironing board.

Making beeswax wraps

When you iron you can see the wax melting and coming through the fabric.
It looked patchy so more beeswax was added then more ironing.

Making beeswax wraps

Making beeswax wraps

I had too much wax this time, it leaked out onto the towel.

Making beeswax wraps

Because there was too much wax I layered up one waxed piece with a new piece of fabric and ironed to transfer the wax. I kept doing this until they looked evenly coated.

Making beeswax wraps

They were laid flat until the wax set.

Making beeswax wraps

I have to say I’m  not totally convinced they will work but I’m certainly going to try them out.

They work as bowl covers.Untitled

Lets try wrapping an apple.

Making beeswax wraps

Success.

Making beeswax wraps

I wouldn’t use them for things like meat but they will have their uses and they will save on some waste.

The Be-Ro book revisited.

Last week I had cause to do some baking, I decided to make my Dad his favourite, “Maids of Honour “ from my Mam’s old Be-Ro book.

I learned to cook as a child with my Mam and Gran from this book, it was THE cookbook.

I have 2 old copies of the book, both were my Mams, one is really quite old and in sepia, it’s lost the cover, after a bit of online research and what I remember the cover to look like I think it dates back to 1930. The other one is in colour, it’s the 34th edition from 1974. I decided to buy the 41st edition to add to my collection.
BeRo books through the agesI  did more research online, I didn’t realise that Be-Ro was a North East company, but that would explain why every household I knew as a child had a Be-Ro book. All my family baked from this little book for the weekend, the cake tin was rarely empty. The recipes are straightforward and economical too. I enjoyed reading about the history of Be-Ro flour and why the cookbook came about, you can read about it here.

It’s interesting to see how recipes have changed over the editions, to suit today’s palate and pocket. For example the Dundee cake is smaller now, it has less almonds.
Dundee cakeThe lemon meringue pie has more lemons in it and they are now individual pies.
Lemon meringue pieMargarine has been swapped for butter in the Victoria sandwich cake.

Victoria sponge

In most recipes salt has been reduced.

Some recipes like my Dad’s favourite Maids of Honour have gone but there are some new recipes like Smoked Trout Tartlets which sounds rather grand for the Be-Ro book.

Today I’m baking for friends coming, I’ve made a start with a Victoria sandwich cake (to fill later) and coconut tartlets. OH can’t resist these.
Baking from the BeEo book
The new book has some very useful conversion charts (useful when using the old books) And helpful tips for when things go wrong, as ever this really is a little jem of a cookbook  and unlike a lot of cookbooks the recipes are easy to follow and ingredients don’t cost the earth. At under £5 a copy I think every home should still have one. Now I think I will go and make some Melting Moments, I bet you can’t eat just one 🙂