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By Boiler
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kreuzberger wrote: Tue Aug 31, 2021 6:28 pm
Boiler wrote: Tue Aug 31, 2021 1:07 pm It's odd; perhaps a sign of my heading towards sixty, but I am developing a taste for the simplicity of 50s and 60s cookery - the sort of stuff that appeared in recipe books that accompanied your new electric cooker...
Marguerite Patten, the Nigella of her age and your childhood, was the bees knees. My own mother was a keen follower and, once money became less tight, basically cooked fan-food. We lapped it up.

On reflection, there were a few horror shows - Sainsbury's tinned mince in a spag bol, for example - but there were some real highlights like lambs' kidneys Provençale, a corking Pavlova, and no end of variations on traditional stuffing.

Olive oil was only available from the chemist, mind.
Mmmm, never a thing in our household: mostly meat and three veg, stews, Sunday roast - that sort of stuff. Occasionally something from a magazine or a variation thereof - bacon in a spaghetti bolognese rather than minced beef for example (it's actually quite nice).

However, "different" came when Dad would teach Mum stuff from home - pork goulash, for example - but then there were his Christmas treats - the stuffed cabbage leaves, beetroot soup, potato dumplings.

This last few weeks I have been slipping into an ever darker place with no chemical aids to prop me up and nothing other than a few crisis line numbers to steady me, and I have been *terrified* of where it has, and is, taking me. But I'll tell you now, nothing would lift my spirits quite like a huge bowl of Mum's "chuck it all in" stew and dumplings.
By MisterMuncher
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Boiler wrote: Tue Aug 31, 2021 1:07 pm It's odd; perhaps a sign of my heading towards sixty, but I am developing a taste for the simplicity of 50s and 60s cookery - the sort of stuff that appeared in recipe books that accompanied your new electric cooker...
I can do you photos from an original breville manual/cookbook?
By davidjay
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All this how can you enjoy food and be working-class stuff reminds me of the story from a couple of years ago about the 10p per portion recipe the Mailites were raving about, saying that the trouble with poor people was they spend their money on takeaway pizzas and ready meals when there's plenty of good, wholesome food available cheaply. Then when someone with a bit of imagination comes up with cheap stuff that actually tastes nice (kale pesto anyone?) they scoff because the plebs should have to suffer and eating bland stodge did us no harm.
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By davidjay
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Andy McDandy wrote: Wed Sep 01, 2021 4:47 pm Yes, Jack Monroe. Littlejohn got quite a lot of mileage sneering about Jack's recipes, because for all his man of the people schtick, he really quite despises everyone.
He doesn't despise everyone, just everyone who isn't like him. Whose childhood wasn't like his (or rather like he imagines his to have been), who hasnt 'got on' like him, who doesn't think like him and behave like him.
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By Andy McDandy
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Earlier this year he had a moment of clarity regarding women in the aftermath of the killing in London and the subsequent heavy handed police response to protests. He said that he'd talked with his daughter and was shocked by what women had to deal with daily.

By the end of the column he was back to 'er indoors and dopey birds.
By davidjay
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Andy McDandy wrote: Wed Sep 01, 2021 8:41 pm Earlier this year he had a moment of clarity regarding women in the aftermath of the killing in London and the subsequent heavy handed police response to protests. He said that he'd talked with his daughter and was shocked by what women had to deal with daily.

By the end of the column he was back to 'er indoors and dopey birds.
Because his daughter's different. She doesn't bring it on herself and she can think independently. His mate Chalkie used to love Alf Garnett as well.
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