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Splinter

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Roll Call
« on: February 15, 2011, 10:49:35 PM »
I know that we are all busy at certain times but could we have a roll call to see who`s still active here even if you just look in for a read, so i will start. Splinter (John) Present.
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Re: Roll Call
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2011, 01:54:46 AM »
John " Smiffy " Smith Present.  Although one sandwich short of a picnic. :) :) :)
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Re: Roll Call
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2011, 09:42:38 AM »
Well done Splinter! My hand is up. I have a look at the site on most days. I think our friends in Australia may have a lot on at the moment, but it would be good to hear from them.
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Vic.

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Re: Roll Call
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2011, 10:59:00 PM »
Here sir!

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« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2011, 06:24:51 AM »
Well done Splinter! My hand is up. I have a look at the site on most days. I think our friends in Australia may have a lot on at the moment, but it would be good to hear from them.
Regards,
Vic.

Yep, still here, and you are right, Vic - rather a lot on at the moment. Visitor from England, lots of fences damaged from floods to be repaired, husband not in cracking good health at present.  I've been having a quick look-in at the site and that's been about it.  You have shamed me!

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Re: Roll Call
« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2011, 12:36:52 AM »
I am glad to see a few of you are still with us. So this might get you lot thinking. I was talking to my kids the other day (all grown up now) and told them that when i was a lad we had a set menu each week. The only ready cooked meals we had was fish and chips on a friday. It was cold meat on Monday, Shepherds Pie on Tuesday and so on till fresh meat on Sunday. Did you have the same and if so can you remember your weekly menu.
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« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2011, 11:26:59 PM »
I remember eating a lot of Rabbit, Haddock cooked in Milk. On a Sunday we would have very small Lamb chops with veg & some mint picked from the garden. We could not afford Sausages so we ate chippolaters, probably with mashed spud, also Mince was on the menu but I can't remember what we had with it.  We are so lucky now.  Smiffy. :)
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« Reply #7 on: February 23, 2011, 05:37:59 AM »
 The only ready cooked meals we had was fish and chips on a friday. It was cold meat on Monday, Shepherds Pie on Tuesday and so on till fresh meat on Sunday. Did you have the same and if so can you remember your weekly menu.
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Well, I do remember how Sunday's joint had to stretch a long way and generally the last of it ended up as a shepherd's pie at the end of the week.  Fish and chips wasn't a regular thing at our place but was very much a treat from time to time.  Stews were a big thing in winter, of course.  No such thing has ready-made meals.  Even the Christmas chicken came with its feathers on and its guts still in, didn't it?

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« Reply #8 on: February 23, 2011, 09:17:53 AM »
Chicken was  Luxury i seem to remember and then it was an old boiler. We sometimes had a Capon Chicken at Christmas. But our main sunday joint was Mutton, Most of our Veg came from Dads allotment which was by the footbridge but they took them away to extend the Cremitorium.  I know most of us didn`t have a lot but i am sure we were happier then because we didn`t know any different.
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« Reply #9 on: February 24, 2011, 02:43:56 PM »
Yep! still going, just had a week away with the caravan down south, having a very hot summer so far 35 degs pus for a couple of weeks and going for another week, thats Oz. Its going to be a record hot summer, and a close call with the odd cyclone, good thing they stay north or go out to sea.
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Re: Roll Call
« Reply #10 on: February 24, 2011, 05:53:28 PM »
Ah yes! Chicken was on high days and sometimes holidays I remember. A number of the tenants in Merlin Gardens kept chickens mainly for the table. I can recall Sunday mornings when they killed one for their Sunday meal - it's the first time I saw a chicken run round the garden without a head. They weren't very accomplished butchers.
No one has mentioned Bubble and Squeak. We had that on most Mondays with cold meat left over from the Sunday joint. Boiled mutton with lots of pearl barley with boiled potatoes and sliced carrots was another filler.  My favourite was a good stew with lots of dumplings. Rabbits could be bought from Hammets up the top and made into either a pie or a stew. My brother and I had pet rabbits in a hutch in the garden - Dutch and Old English - but not to eat. We were not very good at looking after them and we overfed them so that they quickly passed on to the other side. My Dad grew lettuces and radishes, but gave up when he realised he was feeding all the snails, slugs and caterpillars in the local area.
We ate a lot of rhubarb and custard and plums and custard. My sister knew the rhyme about 'Tinker, Tailor, soldier, sailor, rich man, poor man, beggar man, thief .......' and would recite it to each of us as she counted the plum stones on each plate to see what our future held for us. Writing that reminded me of the rounds we used to sing at school and at home, like 'One man went to mow, went to mow a meadow etc' There were quite a few which escape me for the moment. Sunday tea was always something to look forward to - there was normally 'company' the term always used by Londoners to
indicate visitors. Mustard and Cress, water cress, and Southend winkles!
If we were lucky there might even be tinned fruit and custard. Next time I will relate the song, often sung when sheltering during air raids about someone who had a bent pin and therefore could not get his winkle out .... of its shell!

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Re: Roll Call
« Reply #11 on: February 25, 2011, 04:53:29 AM »
My mother's pastry was marvellous, and her apple pies melted in the mouth.  I had forgotten the lining up of plum stones!  Thanks for reviving that memory, Vic.  I still love a good stew with lots of pearl barley (can get very cold here in winter so it's a good warmer-upperer!) and wonder why today's housewives don't stop moaning about not being able to afford decent food and make a good stew instead of relying on ready-mades.  Mum also made a good stew out of faggots.  Oh my, was that yummy!  Her Yorkshire puddings were also wonderful.  I can neither make pastry nor a decent Yorkshire.

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Re: Roll Call
« Reply #12 on: February 25, 2011, 10:13:52 AM »
Good Pastry and Batter Must be rested and cool for 20 mins hope that helps Bren.
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« Reply #13 on: February 26, 2011, 02:19:56 AM »
I remember at Downham having a dinner at noon. We had a large kitchen, after the main meal we would have afters which was Prunes Rice or Semolina ( known as frogsporn) with custard. I think we where better fed than Schools are today. I elected to take woodwork over metal work, and had too go from Goudhurst road to Durham Hill to take the class, I think the teachers name was Mr Hancock does the name  ring a bell.  Smiffy  :)
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« Reply #14 on: February 28, 2011, 08:20:34 AM »
Yes Mr Handcock was the wood work teacher, Two things I made was a three corner coffee table and a tea trolley my mother still had them till the day she died not sure if any of the family took them over? I remember getting the Chane from Mr Handcock, remember 5/6 of us waiting outside the woodwork class room, waiting our turn, must have run a muck when he was out of the class room. not sure what we did. School dinners were OK but I don't like Frogsporn to this day.
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