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Karin, I have several historical atlases and I love them. I will often browse through them for no reason other than curiosity.
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Yum, Mary Jane -- you've given us a veritable feast there. The baked beans sound particularly yummy. And the Devonshire trifle — I make a pretty good trifle myself, and it's often requested for parties. Not quite sure what a Devonshire one would be, but I'm guessing a lot of cream. Thanks for painting that lovely word picture for us.
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Thanks, Sue, yes dietary restrictions can wipe out a lot of our childhood comfort foods. That lemon sherbet sounds delicious. I remember being sick at my cousin's house once — I think he and I both caught measles or mumps or something on the same holiday, and my aunt used to feed us red jelly with icecream - every day! (ice-cream was a rare treat in our house )
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Sonya, no need to force yourself to try it. There are plenty of other salty things you'll enjoy. The thing with vegemite, you slather a piece of hot toast with butter, and only put a very little bit of vegemite on -- just a scraping. Little kids love it and that's where we get our addiction from. I remember a family story where my brother as a little boy used to pinch the vegemite jar and hide under the table with it, eating it by the fingerload as fast as he could -- a bit extreme for most people.
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Thanks, Ella. I'm thinking grits might be a little like Italian polenta, which I love in all its forms. Will be interesting to try it.
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LOL, Theo. A learning experience for him... :)
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Not a toaster oven — just the ordinary griller under the gas jets on the stove. My kitchen is tiny, so no space for toaster ovens or useless gadgets.
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I can sympathize. I don’t have a toaster — I much prefer to toast mine under the griller (broiler) which lets me do all kinds of things with bread and toast — including burning it <g>
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We do indeed say "no worries" -- though my mum hated the expression. And yes, you don't need the food to remember the people, that's for sure.
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LOL, Anne -- I thought you weren't supposed to play with your food
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Patricia, food intolerances are a nuisance, aren't they? But I think you end up appreciating good food more when you get it. Spiralized zucchini sounds good. I'm trying to stay off wheat products, too, and I saw this gadget that turns zuccini into pasta-like shapes — a spiralizer I guess it's called — it looked great. And dark chocolate is my favorite.
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Good mashed potato is a very fine thing, Mary Jo. As for Meat Loaf — I had a yen for it the other day and made one. It was delish. no spuds though.
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Karin, matzo brie sounds yummy. And those fruit dumplings sound a little like the ones my mum used to make — she learned a lot of dishes from Czech and Hungarian and Polish ladies when I was a kid, so even though we're pretty anglo, we ate a lot of middle european dishes. When we moved to another part of the country where the population was pretty much all anglo, the kids really used to stare when I'd pull out a cold stuffed pepper for lunch, instead of jam or vegemite sandwiches. :) All the things you mentioned sound s=delicious — I remember after one of Eva Ibbotson's books where so many yummy cakes and sweets were mentioned, I borrowed a viennese cookbook from the library, and it contained the most delicious recipes. Alas, the library got rid of that book when they had a purge, so I never got to make most of them.
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Elaine, beef stew and dumplings is yummy. Those old-fashioned dishes were out of fashion for a while, but some of them seem to be coming back.
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Ella, so many people mention Mac and Cheese -- if this was a competition, Mac & Cheese would win. I've never had grits — I assume it's a bit like porridge. I'm adding it to the list of things I need to try next time I go to the US . The trouble is, I'm usually in a hotel where they have bacon and eggs and i don't look past that :)
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Kathy I make a version of this -- a kind of chicken risotto, to which I may or may not add cheese. But rice cooked in chicken stock is delicious.
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Theo, what a great memory you have — I'd forgotten how often I must write about toast, myself. Thanks. But for me it's a powerful childhood memory, toasting bread or crumpets on a long toasting fork in front of an open fire. Probably that was when we were on holidays or something, which is why it's special for me. And it's something I'm sure Regency-era people also did. I love fresh white bread, too. I remember the first time I got it warm from a bakery — it was about 5am and I was about 10 and was with an older friend of the family, and she knew the bakery was baking then and we knocked on the door and they sold us hot rolls with butter on them. Bliss!
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Thanks Faith
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Oh dear, Janice -- diet coke or green tea doesn't sound much of a substitute for corned beef hash or pie and icecream. Healthier possibly, but comfort food? Not so much. :) I love the idea of your dad pouring a little coffee into your ice cream — sort of like affogato for kids, only without the Frangelico.
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Sonya, as I said, I think you have to be raised on Vegemite to love it. It's a taste you either develop in childhood or not at all.
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Jana, yes, some littlies start developing firm preferences early on, don't they? I do like grilled cheese on toast, but if I'm having a toasted sandwich I like ham and cheese.
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Cynthia, isn't it lovely how making these simple and delicious dishes can bring the past alive. Such a nice thought that your mum is with you. I think part of the reason for this sentimental post is that it's my mum's birthday today. She died some years ago, but talking and thinking about some of these foods has brought her to mind again. Thanks.
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Beverly, I think the world is divided into people who prefer cake and people who prefer bread or toast. I'm in the bread/toast group too. If I'm dieting, cake will never tempt me to break my diet, but toast now...especially if I can smell my neighbor cooking it. . .
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Kay you're right -- most comfort food is starchy, and noodles and dumplings -- especially home made ones are delicious. You've just reminded me, my mother used to make stewes and sometimes make dumplings that were cooked in the juice and they were so yummy. Haven't had them for years.
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Janga, I can almost taste that ginger ale over ice. And yes, mother's chicken soup always tastes best. I love that your dad made dinner occasionally. My dad used to make breakfast — porridge in winter and poached eggs on toast in summer. I have never eaten biscuits and gravy — something to be rectified next time I'm in the US — biscuits look so much like scones to me and scones are served as morning or afternoon tea with jam and cream or butter and honey. The idea of smothering them with gravy seems quite exotic.
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