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This month’s extract form the diary of a centre organiser comes from the WVS Bulletin, May 1950
Almost incoherent ’phone call from Miss Bernard at 10 a.m. to say that in spite of more-or-less living in a mustard bath over the week-end she still had a streaming cold and would be unable to pay her usual visit to old Mrs. Draper this afternoon. Decided to do the job myself. Was soon made to feel I was an extremely poor substitute. After doing my best for a very “ sticky ” ten minutes I got up to go. “ Needles,” Mrs. Draper reprimanded me sharply. “ Didn’t Miss Bernard tell you ? No ? She always threads me two dozen or so with different coloured cottons—to keep me going until she comes again.” Fumbled nervously with needles that pricked me, and cottons that assumed the proportions of the proverbial camels for quite twenty minutes ! (All the same, this needle-threading idea is a good one.)
Recipe – from the WVS Bulletin November 1948
Coffee Shortbread Fingers
4 oz. Self Raising Flour. 2 oz. Semolina.
2 oz. Peanut Butter. 1 oz. Margarine.
1 oz. Cornflour. 2 oz. Sugar.
1 tablesp. Coffee Essence. 3 tablesp. Water.
Mix dry ingredients thoroughly. Add coffee essence and water to make a stiff paste. Roll out and cut into fingers with a straight fluted-edged cutter. Bake in a moderate oven for 20 mins. until golden brown and fairly firm to the touch. Cool on a wire tray.