Today I received a question about how much is a gill.
Wayne writes: "I have a recipe book dating back to WW2 era.In it there are recipes calling for the measurement of gil. In one recipe it calls for "1 gil of olive oil." Can you explain what a gil is ? Thank You"
I pulled out one of my favorite old cookbooks - the wartime edition of "Victory, Binding of the American Woman's Cook Book," edited by Ruth Berolzheimer and published in 1942. I love the inside jacket leaf which read "Food Will Win the War and Write the Peace. You need not sacrifice good nutrition nor good health because of wartime food scarcities and rising costs." Over the years I have found many good recipes in this cookbook.
And in this cookbook is where a found a definition of a "gill" -- 4 gills equal of pint and 1/2 cup equal 1 gill.
Wikipedia has an informative write up on gills -- as a measurement. It notes that in the US a gill is equal to 4 US fluid ounces but in Imperial (British) measurements it is equal to 5 Imperial fluid ounces. And if you want to see gill used in a song -- check out the lyrics to "Good Luck to the Barley Mow." Isn't Wikipedia great!
The search is also on for a lost lemon cake recipe...here's the request:
"This recipe was on the back of Mrs Tucker's shortening when it came in buckets... can't find my recipe. It's called lemon semplisity cake.
Please check out other recent posts for lost recipes...and post them in the comment section! And now it's time to pick plums.
And one more thing -- here is a blog with some apron eye candy!