Vintage Recipes from England by Winn Wilkin


A portrait of Winn Wilkin painted by her daughter Jean

Back in November of 2015, I wrote a blog post entitled Marjorie Jean. It’s under Travels in Ecuador & More, under Miscellaneous Topics. The article is about a woman named Jean who immigrated to the US from England after the war, and who then, in her later years, migrated to Ecuador where she died at the age of 87.

The recipes in this category (recipes are to the left) are from Jean’s mother, Winn Wilkin. As you can see, Winn did a lot of canning in England, while being a wife and mother of two children — a son, who was born to Winn and her husband in India, and her daughter Jean who was born in London. 

Winn’s husband found work wherever he could. For a while he worked for Scotland Yard, and he even worked as a chef. Much like the celebrity chef Rachel Ray, he was self-taught and never formerly trained, but was successful and made a living as a chef, nonetheless. His wife Winn’s forte, on the otherhand, were jams, marmalades, chutneys, relishes and more, using NO pectin*. She even had wine recipes, one for Worcestershire sauce, and a ginger beer recipe.

Winn beautifully hand wrote all of those recipes onto the pages of a large hardcover book. Her granddaughter–my good friend & neighbor–has just recently found this book and has lent it to me. With her permission, I have decided to post most of those old recipes right here in this blog–ones that can be made in Ecuador with the produce and ingredients easily available right here — and perhaps those using produce that’s not so readily available here, such as gooseberries, rhubarb, currants & more. So then, poco a poco, a number of Winn’s handwritten recipes will be posted. Let’s see, I’ll start with her pickled strawberries!

Winn's Recipes

Winn’s Recipe Book


*I don’t can, so refrigerate or can as usual the final product, as most of these recipes may not have complete canning instructions.