Armed with some rhubarb from 17th Street Market, Mrs Beeton’s Cookbook (the ’66 edition – Hey Mum, Mrs. Beeton ended up at my house) and NO fancy food processor with paddle for pastry making, Bean and I created a delightful rhubarb pie. It took a little while to find a pastry recipe, (No, I can’t remember a basic pastry recipe) that didn’t call for some machinery to create it and then it was in a 1966 edition of a book originially created in the late 1800’s.
The best bit, after the yummy pie and baking with my kid? Checking out the cost of pre-made pie crusts at Trader Joe’s ($3.50). Dang! Processed stuff has been doing a number on our food spending. How did we get so dependent on such things, like pancake mix or scone mix? I mean it is just packets of the dry ingredients measured out for you. Really, how long does that take? Now, where did I put that glass of Fresca?