mrs bradfield + 1940’s anchovy toast and the gynaecologist

mrs bradfield + 1940’s anchovy toast and the gynaecologist

In loving memory of Dorothy Bradfield.


Watch me make this by clicking here.

After I left school I really did not know what I wanted to do with my life so I found myself as a receptionist at the rooms of a well-known gynaecologist, Dr Goosen. He was popular, he had one glass eye and the ladies loved him – I think it was because he had a restricted view and limited eye contact when it came to examining the ladies. 🙂

Anyway Mrs Bradfield was the matron who worked in the same rooms – she was a fantastic woman who smoked 30 cigarettes a day. In those days you could still smoke in offices – even in the consulting rooms of the hospital. Needless to say it was Mrs Bradfield who taught me how to smoke …

{mrs bradfield}
Every morning Mrs B would order anchovy toast which I would have to go and fetch for her. We then sat down with our cup of coffee, anchovy toast and cigarettes. To this day, I still have an affinity for anchovy toast and every time I see anchovy toast I remember Mrs B.

{1940’s anchovy toast}
I did a bit of research and found the basis for this recipe in the Household of Cookery for South Africa (1941). I tweaked it a little bit and added some lemon, a pinch of cayenne pepper and parsley.

Wherever you are Mrs B, I hope that you are smiling down on me and my anchovy toast – cheers to all the memories and good times shared.



mrs bradfield + 1940's anchovy toast and the gynaecologist
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Serves: 2
  • 5 anchovies
  • large squeeze of fresh lemon juice
  • 1 egg, hard boiled
  • 1 ½ Tbsp butter
  • large pinch of cayenne pepper
  • parsley, chopped
  • 4 slices of whole wheat toast
  1. Put the anchovies and lemon juice in a pestle and mortar and pound till fine.
  2. Add the hard boiled egg yolk, butter and cayenne pepper and pound till fine.
  3. Spread mixture over hot toast and sprinkle with chopped parsley.
  4. Optional: You can chop the white of the egg finely and add that to the anchovy toast.

7 Responses »

  1. Sounds delish, my husband loves anchovies, this is going to be a Sunday morning treat!!

  2. Lovely recipe , will make it as well! Pity anchovies are quite dear Also lovely to read about mrs B,hopefully you have kicked the ciggies by now! lol 🙂

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