Celebrating the great Marguerite Patten


The amazing Marguerite Patten would have been 100 on Wednesday, and given that she only passed away very recently there are plans to celebrate the day with the Great Marguerite Patten Cookalong.

You just need to get hold one or more of her recipes and cook along and enjoy.


Vinegar cake ready to celebrate the life of Marguerite Patten


I’m planning to make her vinegar cake, one of her wartime recipes. I saw this at a 1940s weekend at the Great Central Railway over the summer, which is a fantastic weekend for vintage lovers of the era. I’d made a boiled fruit cake, which was also a wartime recipe, and then got chatting to someone who had a display of vintage cookbooks.


Tea time on the railway, 1940s style at the Great Central Railway


So, get hold of some of her recipes, cook them for the family, cook them for families or just yourself. Of course there’s a hashtag if you want to share the experience, and share the memory of this great woman #Marguerite100


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Helen Tarver

Collector of great gifts and fabulous food, mum, cake baker & eater, wine opener. I write about food and the gift of it in its many forms.

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