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  1. What are you having for dinner today?

    Today's repast is a lamb casserole with carrots, parsnips, leeks, celery, onion and pearl spelt. Served with steamed broccoli and cauliflower.
  2. Cheddar Cakes

    These are a sort of potato cake made with Cheddar cheese. 2 large potatoes 100g or more REAL Cheddar cheese (the stuff with a rind on, not the muck that comes in rectangular blocks) Chopped parsley to suit your taste Salt & pepper 1 teaspoon onion powder Little bit of milk to bind, if necessary 1 egg, beaten flour to dredge breadcrumbs to coat. Cook the potatoes in the microwave until soft (remember to prick the skins first to stop any possible explosions). Remove the skin and mash together with the other ingredients (not the egg, flour or crumbs) to form a firm mouldable mixture. Form by hand into small cakes or rolls, coat with flour, egg then breadcrumbs and fry in shallow fat until nicely browned. Edit: you can, of course, cook the potatoes in a conventional oven but avoid boiling them - that will give excessive moisture and make them difficult to form into cakes.
  3. What are you having for dinner today?

    Cheddar cakes and a salad. Cheddar cakes are in the Recipes section.
  4. Childhood Reminiscences

    I remember these being given away but one day we were told that the local council had told the chip shop that the batter bits had to be thrown away as they were "unhygienic". How the council arrived at this, I've no idea. If the batter bits were unhygienic then surely the fish was as well. This was a chippie in Nottingham called Abbot's Friary - notice the tenuous Robin Hood connection. Wonder if it's still there, it was on Mansfield Road. Doubt it somehow - this was in the 1960's.
  5. Childhood Reminiscences

    I would always want a chocolate Santa Claus and a bag of chocolate money at Christmas. The quality of the chocolate in both was always dire and the money bag was made of knitted fine wire specially designed to unravel and penetrate the skin or, worse, under the fingernails. Also, the foil in which the coins were wrapped/moulded invariably had sharp edges resulting in cuts when trying to open them.
  6. What are you having for dinner today?

    Something simple today. Sausage & chips with bread & butter (to make chip butties)
  7. Childhood Reminiscences

    Ah! The chippie. I was about sixteen before I ever went in a chip shop and sampled their fare - and found it wonderful. My mother had some delusions of grandeur and chip shops were places where common people fed themselves. "Not for the likes of us" she would say in her dismissals of my demands to sample the products which smelled so tempting as you passed by.
  8. Childhood Reminiscences

    Sherbert dabs and sherbert fountains
  9. Childhood Reminiscences

    The Tripe thread seems to have stirred some memories of things we ate as a child. Here are some of mine: Condensed milk sandwiches Brown sauce (HP) sandwiches Tomato sauce sandwiches (luxury, those) Sugar (granulated) sandwiches Camp coffee (still obtainable but it's not like I remember it) Cherry Lips (Google tells us that these date from the '70's -wrong! They are much earlier than that) Spangles Devon Violets Phul Nana cachous - the girls at school would suck these and spread the wet sweet on their skin as a perfume. I'm sure there are loads more but, I'll leave others to add their memories if they wish
  10. What are you having for dinner today?

    A sort of Bolognese today using the other half of the 500g packet of 5% fat beef mince used for the cottage pie yesterday. I make it by dispersing the mince (250g) in about the same amount of water to remove large lumps and agglomerations then simmer gently for about an hour to tenderise. Most of the water should have evaporated by then. My own recipe tomato sauce (see Recipes section) is then added (premade or mixed extemporaneously into the mince) and gently simmered until cooked and flavoursome. The pasta is yet to be determined. It will probably be linguine.
  11. Restore Point

    Restore point is not intended as an anti-virus. It is to correct any damage done to your Windows system when software becomes corrupted or you wish to remove programs that you do not require after a trial installation. Viruses and other malware are not always removed by system restore as they embed themselves very deep into the Windows architecture away from the normally accessible user interface. You need a "deep cleaner" anti-virus, anti-malware program to achieve that. There are plenty of anti-virus and anti-malware programs available, many of them free. It is folly not to use them.
  12. Tripe

    Does anyone eat tripe these days? Someone described it as being like stewed woolly jumpers when I was young and, on the one occasion I tried it, that's just what was brought to mind. Has anyone ever made it edible? (I'm not going to try it, just curious). The dog likes it though.
  13. What are you having for dinner today?

    Cottage pie today - with a tiled roof rather than a thatch - that is sliced fried potatoes rather than mash. Having it with homemade mushy peas and gravy (carrots already in the pie).
  14. Sticky Malt Loaves

    Careful you don't get the pre-hopped malt extract!