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Happy Valentine’s Day February 14, 2008

Filed under: Cooking,Holidays,Vintage Recipes — LotusMama @ 4:24 pm

I’m a fan of the Barenaked Ladies – no not those ladies, the Canadian band. One of the songs that I love is “If I had a million dollars”. There’s a clip of the song on youtube, sung by sock puppets no less. Link to song.

But I digress. In the song, many things are listed as worthy of buying if they had a million dollars. One of the lines is “If I had a million dollars, I’d buy you a monkey. Haven’t you always wanted a monkey?” Well, my mom has always wanted a monkey. It’s been a long running joke that she’d love a monkey to sit on her shoulder. Sock monkeys have had to stand in for gifts, because as any Animal Planet viewer knows, giving real monkeys just isn’t cool. But I digress.

This Valentine’s Day, for Mom and all monkey lovers out there (that came out wrong) here is a little English Monkey for you:

English Monkey
1 cup stale bread crumbs
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg
Pinch of cayenne
1/2 cup cheese cut into pieces
Crisp buttered crackers – such as Ritz

Soak bread crumbs fifteen minutes in milk. Melt the butter in top of double boiler, add cheese. When cheese is melted, add soaked crumbs, egg (slightly beaten), salt and cayenne. Cook three minutes and serve on crackers. Serves Four.

Recipe from 1946, “A modern kitchen guide”.

Love you, Mom.


4 Responses to “Happy Valentine’s Day”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Thanks my darling Kim. You are so right about my wanting a monkey all these years. But now I’m totally nuts about Orangutans. Bet there is no recipe named after them!


  2. Kimberly Ann Says:

    Oh never challenge me, Mom. Here is a recipe for an Orangutan:
    3 oz Beefeater® gin
    2 oz orange soda
    2 oz ruby grapefruit juice
    Love you too!

  3. Auld Hat Says:

    “…but not a real green dress, that’s cruel…”

  4. Lorraine Says:

    I love that song! And my sister has a similar monkey thing, so once we sang the song for her.

    This recipe sounds quite tasty in a “quick, whip up something easy and tasty to snack on” sort of way.

    And ha on the spanking you just gave mommy.

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