From allspice to yoghurt and some very British items in between; like brown bread ice cream, eel pie, medlar jelly, and potted partridge. Norwak's idea was a simple one. Create a cookbook much like a dictionary that was filled with simple recipes that were easily found. Need to make a marmalade? There is a plain orange marmalade and several ways one could use the marmalade including cake and ice cream. Have a glut of cucumbers? There is a soup, a salad, and a sauce.
Norwak was a home cook who firmly espoused English cooking. She believed it to be more than just a fine treacle pudding. There is probably no better example of a genuine English dish than toad in a hole.
Sausage Toad in the Hole
1 lb/450 g pork sausage
4 oz/100 g/1 cup plain flour
Pinch of salt
1/2 pint/300 ml/1 1/4 cup milk
Prick the sausages lightly and put in a baking tin. Bake at 400F/200C/Gas mark 6 for 10 minutes. Sieve the flour and salt into a bowl and work in the egg and milk. Beat well and pour over the sausage. Bake for 25 minutes and serve at once.
When you are out digging in old book stores, don't pass up one of Mary Norwak's books.