Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Maw Broon - My Hero!

One of my favourite Christmas pressies was "Maw Broon's Afternoon Tea Book".  Maw Broon is one of my heroes!  Through thick and thin she has kept her family together and happy. 

 
OK - so she's a fictional character, but I still admire her.  The Broon (Brown) family live in a tenement flat at 10 Glebe Street.  They first appeared as a comic strip in the Scottish weekend newspaper "The Sunday Post" in 1936 and are still popular today.

 
The picture above shows Maw serving afternoon tea to a group of ladies - I actually remember when my Granny's friends came round they did not take off their coats or hats when they had a wee cuppa! 
 

I've added the names!
The Broons Annual (published by DC Thomson) was issued every second year, alternating with the Oor Wullie Annual.  My brother and I got them every Christmas and just looking at the characters brings back some lovely memories of Granny reading these stories to us.  My sons also got these annuals till very recently!

 
This wee book is fabulous, containing some recipes (old and new), hints and tips for serving the perfect afternoon tea and some fabulous old Broons pages from the annuals.

 
I was going to try one of the recipes to show you, but I've not got enough butter (Maw Broon would not approve!) - will give it a go next week.

 
Love, Liz
Maw Broon's Afternoon Tea Book - published by Waverley Books
(ISBN 978-1-84934-328-2)
available here.

12 comments:

Riitta Sinikka said...

♥ Happy New Year, my friend♥

gilly said...

Oh this is a wonderful trip down memory lane for me! Growing up in South Africa, my wee Gran in Stirling used to mail the Sunday Post out to us every week (no online/internet in those days!) and before my dad could read it, my sis & I used to open it and go straight to the comics to read Oor Wullie and The Broons. And every Christmas without fail, the annual would arrive - and I still have my now rather tatty collection on my bookshelf!
A few years ago, Hubby bought me Mrs Broon's Cookbook, which I love - am definitely going to add her Afternoon Tea book to my collection too. Thanks for invoking a happy memory, Liz.
xx

vicky trainor said...

Oh my goodness - I used to always get a Broon's annual every year....this takes me back xxxx

Claire said...

love this! used to love The Broons!, my mum and dad actually bought me a tin of Broons fudge for xmas haha!

sky-blu-pink said...

Oh what lovely illustrations! Milk in first for me please!

Marjorie said...

Never seen it but looks like a lot of fun.

Hartslove said...

Hello Liz. I am reading your blog from Maryland in the U.S. Your post is my first time discovering Maw Broon! I hope I get hold of the book or old comics sometime. I am pretty new to your blog and have been checking back pretty much daily when I get a break at home. I appreciate your excellent show and tell. Alexine

Robyn of Oz said...

Just fabulous, Liz! My eldest son's prized possession is a secondhand copy of a Broon's Annual. Don't know what year it is, but he's loved it forever. It probably is a bit beyond foxed, but I reckon he's still got it.
We all loved it but it was his. I don't even remember when or why he ended up with it, as I don't recall ever seeing them in the newsagents anywhere in Melbourne. Must have been a special purchase from Scotland to Aussie family members. All I know, Glen will never part with it. (His middle name is Douglas). ;)

Wendy said...

Hello Liz. I don't know the Broons, but it is wonderful to hear that something like this is still going and is still well loved after all these years.

Tweed Thoughts said...

Aw, loved the Broons too - happy childhood memories of getting the annuals too :) :) Happy New Year!

Karen @ Beatrice Euphemie said...

How fun, Liz - I love these little walks down memory lane! The memory of your gran's friends stopping in for tea and not removing coats and hats is just precious. Looking forward to the recipe. xo Karen

Ladybird Diaries said...

Love the Broons...and Our Wullie! My mum has one of Maw Broons cookbooks and myself and my wee girl love looking through it.
Marianne x