MARY’S HAPPY HOUSEHOLD
Welcome to this extract from my new book, Mary’s Household Tips & Tricks
I’ve had a lot of time to gather tips about cooking and how to run a house. When I was 19, I took a two-year course in institutional management at a college of domestic science. The focus was on catering, but they also taught us housewifery, as it was referred to then. Our teacher Miss Neilson used to sit us down and teach us the basics: laying the table, making beds and cleaning loos, among other things. They might all sound like common sense but I am very grateful to her for the knowledge she shared.
My mother was very frugal, something that was especially important living through the war, and I learned a lot from her. Even with rationing, we would have pudding on Saturdays – this was only because my mother had said, ‘No puddings unless you give up sugar in your tea.’
My focus may have been on cooking but it has always been centred on the home. In my books and TV programmes I am very keen to share tricks for preparing ahead or just making a recipe easier – I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve written or spoken about warming lemons to make them easier to juice.
This book is a natural follow- on, though it isn’t just made up of my mother’s tips or mine. It is a collection of what I’ve learnt over the years along with all the helpful hints that friends and family have imparted to me. It is about helping you with life and guiding you through chores – not about creating more work or telling you what you should do. Some of the tips may not mean anything to you, because everybody’s needs are different, but anything I suggest is included on the basis that it might make life a little bit easier!
TAKEN FROM MARY’S HOUSEHOLD TIPS & TRICKS BY MARY BERRY AND LUCY YOUNG, SEE PAGE 34 FOR DETAILS PHOTOGRAPHS GEORGIA GLYNN SMITH ILLUSTRATIONS NILA AYE
RIGHT There is no sugar coating it: cleaning sounds boring, but once you get down to it, it’s very rewarding. What’s more, if it’s done properly the results will last. Take a moment to stop and look at things that need a bit of attention