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The collected opinions of an august and aristocratic personage who, despite her body having succumbed to the ravages of time, yet retains the keen intellect, mordant wit and utter want of tact for which she was so universally lauded in her younger days. Being of a generation unequal to the mysterious demands of the computing device, Lady Bracknell relies on the good offices of her Editor for assistance with the technological aspects of her journal.

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Friday, May 05, 2006

These pies are champion!!

Following another night of broken sleep - not helped by the discovery of an extremely large and menacing arachnid in the smallest room at midnight - the editor has been wearily weeding her emails.

There are some links which ought not, however, to be consigned without a second thought to the recycle bin, and the editor has persuaded Lady Bracknell to include this one in her blog for the amusement of her readers.

Lady Bracknell has long had a great affection for cookery books of all vintages. Despite rarely being fit enough these days to cook anything complicated, she is still often to be found engrossed in a cookery book, marking with sticky labels those recipes which appeal to her. (And then, six months later, wondering exactly what it was about a particular recipe which appealed to her.)

However, even Lady Bracknell is forced to admit that the 1950s and 60s were not a good vintage for cookery books. Colour photography techniques were primitive and their results lurid.

Taking advantage of these weaknesses, a clever and witty soul has reproduced some of the more disturbing images online, and appended his own commentary. Readers are advised not to click on these links while eating, lest their uncontrollable mirth should lead to an unfortunate choking incident.

Particular favourites include:

Marmite Boy may have a particular interest in this section.


Blogger MissPrism said...

The Pork and Malt Loaf Quesadilla recipe available at Soreen.co.uk is my favourite of the "One of these ingredients Does Not Belong" genre.

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Blogger dotandcarryone said...

If you are interested in cook books, may I recommend Dorothy Hartley: Food in England.

It was first published in the 1950s and was a deliberate attempt to revive British cooking after the War and rationing.

It is part cookbook and part history book and is fascinating.

AFAIK it is still in print.


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