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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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226 of 270  Mon 13th Jan 2020 1:20am  
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Good on you Anne, the old recipes are the best. You know the old saying, 'Nothing like mum's home cooking'. Just a thought, do young wives or (partners these days) ever do any serious baking? There is such a lot of produce to buy off the shelves it makes you wonder. I was shocked to see hot cross buns for sale in our local supermarket last weekend - even gluten free ones, and they are so small. Smile
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Helen F
Warrington
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227 of 270  Mon 13th Jan 2020 1:26am  
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Dreamtime, there is a lot more home baking since the Great British Bake Off started but it's probably not a regular thing until people retire.
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Gumnut
Moruya NSW Australia
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228 of 270  Mon 13th Jan 2020 7:03am  
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Not that I am in any way an experienced baker but the measure of a cup down here is 250ml or 6 ounces. But the terms "a stick of butter" and "cake flour" do confuse me!
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Annewiggy
Tamworth
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229 of 270  Mon 13th Jan 2020 10:57am  
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Dreamtime, there is so much readymade stuff or packets you can make up yourself that I think a lot of the younger generation don’t realise you can make it yourself. I can remember working with a girl and on pancake day she said she had bought a packet of pancake mix. She said it is ever so easy, you just add an egg and milk!! I suppose we were the same with Birds custard powder, I would never have thought of making my own. I have just made my couple of loaves of bread for the week which is proving at the moment.
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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230 of 270  Mon 13th Jan 2020 2:45pm  
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Anne, they will smell wonderful when they come out of the oven. You are bolder than me. I was told you have to have the exact measurements to make perfect bread, yet on the TV, they slap it all in a mixer and make it look so easy. Do you have a Thermomix? It does all the work for you - so they say.
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Annewiggy
231 of 270  Mon 13th Jan 2020 4:19pm  
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MisterD-Di
Sutton Coldfield
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232 of 270  Mon 13th Jan 2020 4:28pm  
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On 13th Jan 2020 1:20am, Dreamtime said: Good on you Anne, the old recipes are the best. You know the old saying, 'Nothing like mum's home cooking'. Just a thought, do young wives or (partners these days) ever do any serious baking? There is such a lot of produce to buy off the shelves it makes you wonder. I was shocked to see hot cross buns for sale in our local supermarket last weekend - even gluten free ones, and they are so small. Smile
There is certainly nothing like our mothers' cooking, and for that I am grateful. Most of us (of a certain age) grew up on basic, unadventurous food which carefully avoided actually tasting of everything. My mother was a competent cook who was used to making meals out of very little, but it was fairly tedious and repetitive. No use of herbs, spices or flavourings at all. So were our school meals. It was like entering a different world when I left school and started work, as I started to discover the amazing diversity of different cuisines. I especially remember the first time I went to an Indian restaurant, the Taj Mahal which was in Silver Street and frequented by many bus drivers. Our wonderfully diverse society now means we can enjoy food from all over the world, and only on Saturday I had a lovely Middle Eastern lunch in the centre of Coventry on my latest visit. Big grin As for baking, my daughter became extremely proficient in her 20s. As she is coeliac, she bakes everything gluten free, although you can't tell. She assures me that she isn't unique and that plenty her age are embracing it far more than the previous generation where it was a packet mix if you were lucky, but usually shop bought. Wink I see no reason not to sell so-called seasonal products all year round if demand is there. I quite like a hot X bun, so why restrict them to a few weeks. Likewise mince pies which should be around all the time. I also buy enough Xmas puddings when they are reduced to last me well into the year. Thumbs up
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argon
New Milton
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233 of 270  Mon 13th Jan 2020 6:19pm  
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I usually describe modern food products pies etc. as committee pies or products. They are made to offend no one but also satisfy no one.
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MisterD-Di
Sutton Coldfield
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234 of 270  Mon 13th Jan 2020 7:04pm  
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Ah, yes... Pies! Smile It is still possible to find decent ones but they are invariably to be found in small independent bakers. The ones you refer to are of an industrial nature and, as you say, always fall short. It's the same with pies in pubs. The best ones are always home made. And as for the ones that comprise filling in a dish with just a disc of pastry on top - don't get me started. They are not pies! Wink
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Mick Strong
Coventry
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235 of 270  Tue 8th Dec 2020 4:42pm  
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While out walking the dog this afternoon, my mind wandered to what my parents gave me as a young child in the 50's. They included: An Oxo cube in a mug of boiling water with a crust of bread Condensed milk sandwiches Sugar sandwiches Tomato ketchup sandwiches Potatoes & cabbage boiled with loads of salt Cabbage water to drink What would they say about this if we did it today?
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PhilipInCoventry
Holbrooks
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236 of 270  Tue 8th Dec 2020 6:02pm  
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I still enjoy a mug of Oxo, or Bovril, & dipping my potato crisps in. Little things, hey!
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Mick Strong
Coventry
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237 of 270  Tue 8th Dec 2020 7:44pm  
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Again on a crust. Beef dripping that had been drained from the Sunday joint, including the brown jelly!!!!!
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Slim
Another Coventry kid
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238 of 270  Tue 8th Dec 2020 8:48pm  
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On 8th Dec 2020 4:42pm, Mick Strong said: An Oxo cube in a mug of boiling water with a crust of bread
Or Bovril.
Tomato ketchup sandwiches
A big squirt of HP sauce on a piece of white bread, folded over. No butter to spoil the taste.
Cabbage water to drink
Yes, often given when Mum was cooking Sunday dinner.
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Mick Strong
Coventry
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239 of 270  Tue 8th Dec 2020 9:51pm  
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Yeah, why did we always have bread folded over rather than cut?
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Helen F
Warrington
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240 of 270  Tue 8th Dec 2020 10:25pm  
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I was born too late for all this fun. I only ever used Oxo in gravy. The best thing we ever did with bread is insert bacon or chips.
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