Parmesan Crackers and Parmesan Straws

I think either of these would make a good dish to have for weekly tea with the children, the sort of tea where you do picture study, read a poem, or have a little read aloud or a discussion of your favourite reads that week. The sort of tea that might turn out like this.

No 455 Parmesan Crackers
Spread 12 crackers with butter and then sprinkle them with one tablespoonful of Parmesan cheese mixed with a saltspoonful (about 1/4 teaspoon) of mustard and a dash of cayenne (optional, I suppose. Try garlic or a bit of basil instead if you are sensitive to flavour, I mean heat, in your food). Put them in the oven until they are a light brown serve hot.

You could have these with sliced pickles, or pickled vegetables of any sort, or olives, and perhaps some apple slices. What sounds good to you?

These are also the sort of thing you can have quite young children help with, and learn to make themselves.

No 456 Parmesan Straws- these are more complicated, but look worthwhile

Mix half a cupful of flour with one tablespoonful of Parmesan cheese; add a saltspoonful of salt (1/4 tsp), a dash of cayenne, the beaten yolks of two eggs, and enough milk to make a stiff dough. Roll it very thin, cut it into narrow strips, put them on greased paper (try parchment paper) and bake ten minutes or until a light brown.

The Little Epicure: 700 Choice Recipes, published in 1894
By Linda Hull Larned

“Born in 1853, Linda was prominent in Syracuse social affairs for decades, including working as the president of both the Board of Education and the National Household Economic Association.

Linda was devoted to the progress of the public school system and was a known expert on household etiquette. ”

<a href=”http://www.storycuse.com/lindahull/”>More here.</a>

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