This week I have a traditional biscuit recipe for you all. I already have quite a collection of traditional biscuit recipes, but I was reading through my grandmother’s handwritten recipe book and came across these Shrewsbury biscuits. As they are made with grated lemon rind, and here we are in the citrus fruit season, it seemed the prefect time to give them a try.
For those of you who don’t know it, Shrewsbury is a town on the border between England and Wales. Although my grandmother was a Lancashire lass, my grandfather was born in the city of Chester, again a city on the border between England and Wales. He spent his working life in Nelson, Lancashire before retiring across the great divide to Bae Colwyn in Wales. We would visit my grandparents on most school holidays. In those days the trip was long, before the numerous motorways and bypasses we had to drive through many large towns and cities, including Chester, on the way to our destination.
When I was quite young, I remember on one occasion my grandfather took me to Chester and we went out on the river in a small boat. It was a relaxing day, the river was calm and the sun was out. He was telling me about his ancestors and how they were the Lords of Powys. I thought I could put up with being a Lord, and Lord Lincoln does have a certain ring to it doesn’t it.
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2018 Lincoln W. Betteridge