The Midland Counties Dairy on the Penn Road is well
remembered. There is an extensive history of the company on this
web site. One of the ways in which the company tried to promote
sales was by giving out recipes.
||This little single-fold leaflet (it is only 3 1/2 by 6
inches) was probably given out by the milkman when he
delivered the milk to your door. It has no date on it
but looks as if it might be 1950s or 60s. The drawing
at the top of this page comes from an inside page of the
As its obvious purpose was to sell more milk, it is not
surprising that all the recipes require milk, usually a pint
of it but sometimes a quart. There is usually a
similar amount of water to go with it, so the amount of soup
each recipe produced would have been quite large. But
only in the case of Cream of Cauliflower Soup do they
mention that "this is sufficient for approximately eight
Other soups given are onion, celery, potato, haricot,
tomato and vegetable marrow. But the most alarming
recipe is given below.
|1 pint of milk
||1/2 oz of margarine or dripping
|l dessertspoonful of flour
||salt and pepper
|1 teaspoonful of Marmite
Method: melt the fat. Add flour and cook
together for a few minutes. Add milk, bring to the boil. Add
Marmite, cook slowly for 5 minutes, season and serve.
If any readers of this website make and consume this
soup, would they please let us know about their experience as soon as
they have recovered.
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