This brief story comes to you from flood-damaged Brisbane. My home (which stayed dry) is still without power. I am, however, indisputably one of the lucky ones. I am staying with family for the duration, and working outside of my familiar home office and references, so my stories may be shorter than usual for a little longer.
It may be hard to believe, but the griddle cake story is far from over. I give you a nineteenth recipe from Australia which uses an unequivocally ‘American’ ingredient.
From The Queenslander (Brisbane) of February 7, 1880, I give you a recipe for ‘Umbiram’ cakes. Umbiram is a small town in SE Queensland, not far from Toowoomba on the Darling Downs. Toowoomba suffered badly in the recent flooding, with what has been called ‘an inland tsunami’ sweeping the main street and continuing down through the Lockyer valley, leaving devastation and death in its wake.
EIGHT tablespoonfuls of maize meal, two of sugar, half a tablespoonful of butter, half a tea- spoonful of cinnamon, half a cup of milk, two eggs, a little soda. Mix together and drop into a frying-pan of hot dripping, and bake a nice brown on both sides. These cakes to be tried on any child that does not like Indian meal.
Quotation for the Day.
Even when freshly washed and relieved of all obvious confections, children tend to be sticky.