Saturday, March 2, 2013

Family Recipe Friday - Great Grandmother Scott's Recipe Book

My Great Grandfather, William Adam Bisset Scott, was riding his bicycle home when he was hit by a car.  Initial reports indicate that he was taken to hospital "with slight concussion and severe leg lacerations" but he later died from "extensive injuries sustained".  

The Adelaide Advertiser
20 September 1943
Source Trove

So what does this have to do with recipes you may be wondering? 

From what I was told, Agnes operated a tea house after the death of her husband and she was a wonderful cook.

Norm Schnaars, Agnes Schnaars, Walter Scott,
Norm Schnnars, Agnes Schnaars (nee Scott) and Walter Scott
The Tea House, Waterfall Gully Road, Burnside, South Australia.

My cousin recently made me aware that he holds Agnes' recipe book.  The first couple of pages are pictured below.

The first page of Agnes Scott's recipe book.

It amused me to read in one of the recipes "heat over slow fire and stir".   

Unfortunately, I am not much of a cook (my husband does the cooking in this house) but it is my goal to prepare every recipe in the book in the coming weeks/months.    I hope to share them with you.

William Adam Bisset Scot, Allan Scott, Agnes Scott, Walter Scott, Donald Scott
William and Agnes Scott and Family - Approx 1916
Children - Allan, Donald (at back) , Walter (at front), Agnes

You will find more recipes on Family Recipe Friday (GeneaBloggers)


  1. A tea house in the shadow of a pretty hill - that's just oozing with charm. I love how people in those days hand write their recipes. Somehow I feel sad about your great grandfather. Several members of my family perished in vehicular accidents.

    1. Thank you for dropping by Hazel.

      I "Googled" Waterfall Gully Road, Burnside. From the Street View the area looks more beautiful now. I think I need to go for a visit.

  2. This sounds like an interesting project. And how nice to have the recipes (or copies) in her own handwriting. I think you need to go for a visit too.

  3. A cool find. I'll be interested to hear how your test batches come out.

  4. I love to read other's recipes. I put together two family cookbooks several years ago, added cooking memories and photo's to each page. I'd like to do a third, but unless I can clone myself, well... I'll be back.