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What's for tea?

Posted: 27/10/2012 at 12:25

Dear Lady Gardener, I do use that store mainly because the large supermarkets have wiped out all the small shops and what was once the largest open market in the North of England, what we have now is a mere pittance of the thriving Town shops we had and that also goes for most other Towns. My local papers are full of letters from people trying to stop the supermarkets being built next to supermarkets already there, the reply is it is in the name of competition? why they all sell the same things and discount most of the same things then make up for it with less needed articles, it is called progress I call it cornering the market.
I have good friends in the very large shop I use and the name I use came from one of them when I asked why she was working late as with children she never did. Among the unprintable came the name I use tongue in cheek though mainly as I do not wish to advertise, being forced to use them is one thing I do not wish to give them credit.
Of course things are tough now and will get worse, having been there more than once and managed, or my wife did for us, I do know it is never easy and people on minimum wages to me are being used by the large firms who make all the profit from their labour.
The farmers market and butchers I use are nearer than the supermarket and often cheaper although mainly on a par with them and the food is fresh not stored in a warehouse for weeks, it can all be used where as throwing out stuff that had gone off (in my opinion soft carrots, black base on cabbage or like this week rotten potato's) I can pick my own then if it is not standard it is my fault.
It was not a matter of setting out to upset you or others this is not that kind of board, the shared experience of cooking when a meal can be cooked from the cupboard in the time it takes to heat a ready meal helps some as we help new gardeners hoping they will not make the mistakes we made and still do.
Sorry is all I can say.


What's for tea?

Posted: 26/10/2012 at 17:48
sotongeoff wrote (see)


Do whatever you want to do -obviously anyone can start a thread-a cooking one sounds a grand idea especially during the winter-go for it.


Geoff, a poster was upset this morning and if others feel the same then a new thread it will be.
With the latest posts it seems that most are quite happy to stay with the thread and chat about the food they eat, we will await the opinion poll.


Wartime Farm

Posted: 26/10/2012 at 16:06

Chris I will miss watching Ruth who seemed the more practical of the three, she was not afraid to get stuck into anything.
Never saw a grain drier it got spread on boards under cover and air dried although most years it dried stooked in the field, grass driers were around in the 1950's but silage was better.
The potato would have been cooked dried then made into flour it was used a lot in pastry.
The farming industry went mechanised and with all kinds of subsidies took a different path. Many Farm labourers were sacked put out of tied cottages and some because of poor wages left of their own accord for Industry which boomed in the 1950-60. Farming as I had known it vanished, Welly Hill became Dairy and crops, the milk once sold from a cart went to the Milk Marketing board, grain silo's appeared instead of ricks or stacks and the silage pit took up half the yard.
It had to change as demand grew though making a programme about it would not be feasible unless they just had bigger and better machines on it, "Farming Top Gear" perhaps.


What's for tea?

Posted: 26/10/2012 at 15:45

Geoff each to their own and I rarely use the "Fork Handles" as to understand the one liners you need to read pages of it. A little explanation goes a long way.
My Late Mother in law cooked the same thing on the same day for years, Tuesday mince and dumplings?? the thread would end after one week.
We can ignore this thread and start a cookery one or continue it is up to the posters, if they want to end this I will start one people need not read if they do not wish to.

Best laid plans, the braised steak is out of the oven cooling for tomorrow, my Daughter had gone mad in the kitchen when I got there so feasted on home made bread and home cooked ham followed by Frangipani. I have half a cake and half a curd tart for tea so it will be scrambled egg to start then cake and pie.

PS if you wish to drop this and start a cooking baking "master class" according to Geoff then we will and say how we use our own food and herbs, or even flowers in cooking.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 26/10/2012 at 10:25

Stockton, light rain, "err no" it came in black,all the lights went on in the house and down it came.
Heard a racket outside and on looking there was the drain cleaning wagon sucking all the drains out, it was raining so hard it would have washed them out.
Clearing a bit now from the North and I have to go out, lunch with Daughter and collect my meat for Sunday.


What's for tea?

Posted: 26/10/2012 at 10:19

Posh I know what you mean, the steak went in the side oven in a cast iron pot, the heat would probably be around 130c, just steak with water and a stock cube. The veg added later and moved to the main oven 160c for an hour or more and melt in the mouth it did. I start it by browning off add shallots or onion and leave a couple of hours or more add the veg for the final cooking with herbs seasoning and a shot of Yorkshire relish.
The meat was from my local butcher on offer, I had to go to the supermarket for more things and checked, I had got it £1.30 cheaper.
One shop will be good for somethings and they make on others, I had to get some potato's there as I was out, they were rotten, may take them back today.


What's for tea?

Posted: 26/10/2012 at 09:42

"Oh dear"  If you say good morning on some threads it will upset somebody and then others will say what was the point of being so brief "good morning how are things the weather is not up to much is it" and on.
If we say briefly Cottage pie, or Chops, or even cheese and tomato sandwich finish we will soon come to the end of interest and another thread closes.
Some of the interest is how we cook what we eat and this is often different region to region, north and south.
A lot of us saw our mothers produce good nutritious meals  On little money from what modern cooks would throw away hence the "offal" chat, good food easily cooked but thrown away or sneaked into some of those cheap pies sold by "err" Tospots and others. They took advantage of things available and yes I do use frozen food as a back up but add taste to it as i go. Ready meals? read the label, it may be quick and easy but my grand kids would not get them from me.
If you can afford proper butchers bakers greengrocer food shops fair enough use them and I find everything I buy gets eaten not so when I do one weekly shop at Tesco where all the girls know me and we have a good laugh, "Hello, it is nice to see a smile there have been some right grumps through here this morning" and there are lots of things I get there impossible to get elsewhere.
Cheap? I would compare my shop around bill with a one stop shopper if they wished so would question that.
Tonight, Braising steak which will cook slowly for two hours then the veg put in the pot and another hour, or is that too much information.


What's for tea?

Posted: 25/10/2012 at 23:46

Artjak, As I refuse to advertise I give my own interpretation of the supermarket names hence S&M reverse it although to me shopping must be similar Dingleberries a large southern lot Clopshop once in every town co-operating number 14956 for the divi how could you forget if you got a thick ear for not getting the little ticket and Tospots a large concern who have suddenly taken a dip.
Tonight I cooked lamb chops from my local butcher sweet tasty tender and no more than a pack of skinny tasteless chops from Tospots. We have a farm shop a quarter of a mile away and though we have all suffered from the weather their own produce still tastes far superior.
Of course with the modern folk being in one heck of a hurry at all times the big concerns will prosper selling rubbish fast food with more chemical content than is good for them.
My daughter told me the kids would not eat meat, I cooked Sunday lunch for them and they ate the lot, my grandson putting his foot in it by saying "why can we not have good food like this at home mum" that did not go down well.
We form the eating habits of the next generation and being brought up during rationing we learnt to make the best of what we had, I am afraid the next generation will be dropping off the planet a lot sooner than we are.


What's for tea?

Posted: 25/10/2012 at 12:34

Having been brought up on a small holding and farms, offal was often what we looked forward to, it was fresh tasty and a welcome addition to the meat ration. Cooked properly by cooks who handled offal on a regular basis and who were also adept in using spices and herbs it was good food. modern cooks tend to over cook offal, liver and bacon where the onion goes in first then the bacon and lastly the liver (lamb's though we also used pigs) which goes in the pan a quick sear whip it over and done in a couple of minutes, pour some cream in the pan a minute and you have a nice creamy sauce. At my age posh I just eat less but cook it all fresh no made up supermarket dishes in this house. We killed an animal and ate everything that came out even heart and sweetbreads.
In Tospots yesterday I looked at a very sad looking Shepherd's pie and read the ingredients, I know a bit about chemicals having worked at ICI and it was not good news, making a batch yourself and freezing some down would be cheaper and healthier by far.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 25/10/2012 at 11:27

Stockton on the Tees cloudy, actually it is quite bright with the sun trying to get through and just this minute managed.
Washer going but it will not be going out so into the drying room.
Most jobs in the garden done for now, some old plants have gone and I will start filling gaps once the weather has vented its spite, with a bit of luck we may get a nice spring and summer next year.
"Oh" look I can see the Cleveland Hills, cannot see any snow on them yet so "Rains" ugg boots will not be getting tested.


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