Month: February 2020

February 24, 2020 admin123@ No comments exist

Guess the Word  and Contact Us for Prizes!  Series 55 starts soon….. 1st letter of each Post Title (in a Series) spells a business word – spelt correctly or jumbled up.  Previous answers: Series 54  spelt  S-W-I-N-G-S-U-P   (UPSWINGS) Series 53  spelt  LO-O-K-O-U-T   (OUTLOOK) Series 52  spelt  R-O-B-B-I-N   (RIBBON) Series 51  spelt  P-A-W-W-I-S-H   (WHIPSAW) Series 50  spelt …

February 21, 2020 admin123@ No comments exist

Ploughman’s lunch The ploughman’s lunch – all porky pies?  Alludes to rustic, outdoor, bygone times, but actually dates from 1950s promotion in pubs to boost cheese sales.  Sounds hot, sophisticated & substantial, when it’s a simple, light meal – bread, cheese, pickle, maybe added pie, egg & salad – eaten cold, with a glass of…

February 20, 2020 admin123@ No comments exist

Upside-down cake Pineapple upside-down cake: shows how to solve a problem by viewing it as an opportunity.  Can’t bake in an oven? Use a frying pan on stove-top.  No fresh fruit? Use canned.  Too dated to work now? This retro classic has comeback & now has a National Day on 20 April.  Flip things over…

February 18, 2020 admin123@ No comments exist

Scotch egg The humble Scotch egg lays out features of successful products: Simple components, well planned & properly executed (hard or soft boiled egg, enclosed in sausagemeat, rolled in breadcrumbs & fried).  Many claims to invention (Scotland, England, India, Algeria).  Enduring (from pre-18thC).  Convenient (portable snack).  Good anywhere (indoor meal, outdoor picnic).  Popular (versions worldwide). …

February 14, 2020 admin123@ No comments exist

Galway oysters A fixture on any Valentine’s Day menu: oysters. Savoured in Britain since Roman times.  Protein & mineral-rich, oysters were plentiful until 1800s over-fishing & polluted waters depleted stocks.  Since 1954, the world’s longest-running Oyster Festival in Galway, Ireland is on the last weekend in Sep.  From “poor man’s food” to luxury prices –…

February 12, 2020 admin123@ No comments exist

Naughty “Naughty, but nice” – 1970s National Dairy Council slogan for cream cakes.  One of the most popular British classics with tourists (& locals), the Cream Tea – collective name for warm scone, clotted cream, strawberry jam & tea – dates back to the 11th c in SW England.  National Cream Tea Day on the…

February 10, 2020 admin123@ No comments exist

Irish stew The epitome of comfort food: Irish stew.  Few ingredients – mutton, onions, potatoes, maybe carrots, parsley or thyme.  Dates back to at least 1800s, when it was made slowly over an open fire.  Still heartily enjoyed today.  The economic importance of sheep for wool/milk meant only old animals ended up in the cooking…

February 7, 2020 admin123@ No comments exist

Welsh rarebit Posh cheese on toast, Welsh rarebit dates back to 1500s when poor families couldn’t afford meat like rabbit.  Cheese sauce, enriched with milk, ale or egg, spiked with mustard/ Worcester sauce & nutritious seaweed laverbread (‘Welshman’s caviar’).  3 Sep is Welsh Rarebit Day.  Products can hop a long way from humble beginnings Guessed the…

February 5, 2020 admin123@ No comments exist

Spread The great English spread: Marmite.  Invented in 1902 from spent brewer’s yeast & still made today.  Nutritious black savoury paste enjoyed on toast.  Most-confiscated item at British airports, so comes in 70g travel size since 2015, & in limited-edition versions – new sales for traditional product!  Included in soldiers’ rations in both World Wars &…