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  1. I remember Lemfizz cubes! They were my favourite sweetie when I was at primary school, in the mid-to-late 60'S. You got two Lemfizz cubes for one old penny. They were great. You could either nibble on them as soon as you bought them - and have that lovely, sharp, sherbety taste in your mouth.....or you could take them home, dissolve them in a glass of water and make a really nice fizzy drink. My dad got paid on Thursdays, so he would give my brother and I an old threepenny bit every Friday morning. to spend on sweets on our way home from school. ( That's 1and a half pence in today's money). I would always spend 2 of my pennies on 4 Lemfizz cubes - one each of Lemon, lime, orange and raspberry. With the other penny, I would either buy a Penny Arrow bar (a sort of very thin strip of toffee wrapped in greaseproof paper) or I'd buy "Fruit Salad" or "Blackjack" chews, or "Sports Mixture" gums.....which all sold at 4 for an old penny! Hah! Is it any wonder that I grew up to be overweight.....and with bad teeth!! 😁

    Moist coconut cake recipe

    Has anyone got a recipe for a moist coconut cake that they could share with me please? I've tried a couple of recipes that I found online and although the cakes were perfectly ok, they turned out more like sponge cakes with coconut in them. I want to make the kind of moist, quite dense coconut cake - the kind that you bake in a loaf tin. Thanks

    Old Sheffield dialect

    I remember when my American brother-in-law first visited Sheffield, shortly after he met my sister. He seemed more than usually fascinated, when told by Sheffielders (who were teenagers/early-twenties, in the 70's) that we always used to meet our friends at the fish-tank, in the middle of the Hole-In-The-Road subway, when were going for a night out in town. Of course, the way the Sheffielders pronounced it, it came out as "we'd meet at t'fishtank .. in't t'oyl in't t'roo-erd" . My poor old bro'-in-law had no idea what this meant. He imagined that there was some sort of bizarre surrealist Modern Art sculpture, or some sort of ancient tribal monument in the city centre - involving a large pool of oil in the middle of a road - with a large aquarium installed in the middle of it. 😁

    Old Sheffield dialect

    Using the word "thraiped" - meaning extremely tired and exhausted - rings a bell. My great-grandad, who died in the mid-60's at the age of 84, used to use a similar word - but he pronounced it as "thraiked". He'd come indoors, collapse into his armchair, and he'd always say to me " eee lass - I'm reight thraiked"

    Pork or ham hocks: how to be frugal

    Never tried it in a pressure cooker - but I'm sure it would work just as well - and be a bit quicker than simmering on the hob in a saucepan for a couple of hours! To be honest, I've never actually owned a pressure cooker. Not sure why, because I've got nowt against them. In fact, I remember my mum buying a pressure cooker in the late 70's, when they were relatively expensive and new-fangled kitchen items. She loved it - and was forever pot-roasting chickens and joints of brisket, making soups, stews, etc in super-quick times. Me? I'm just happy to simmer stuff, for ages, on my stove-top!

    Best roast pork sandwich shop ?

    It's all personal opinion of course, but I must agree with some of the negative reviews about Beres pork sarnies. I've tried them 2 or 3 times from their Hillsborough branch and found them to be pretty poor - the filling is quite meagre, the pork finely shredded and a bit dried-up and the crackling is not a nice chunk of crispy "real" crackling with a bit of fat on it - it's more like crackling "dust". They seem to roast a bit of fatless pork skin until it's really dry, then pound it to dust and keep it in a tray next to where they make the sarnies - then they just sprinkle a bit of this cold, dry crackling dust on top of the sarnie. Hillsborough is my nearest shopping place when I'm up in Sheffield visiting my family - so, on future visits, I'm going to make it my mission to try all the different pork sarnie shops down there, before I pass a final verdict. I've tried Funk's and Crawshaw's in the past, and wasn't too impressed at the time. However, that was years ago, so maybe it's time I gave them another try? I've never yet tried a pork sarnie from Helen's on Hillsborough - so that will be my first stop on my next visit. To this day though, the very best pork sarnie I've ever had in the Sheffield 6 area was from a place called L's Kitchen, in that row of shops, just opposite Wisewood school. A bit off the beaten track, unless you live or work in that area, but their pork sarnie was massive, a huge, proper breadcake, stuffed with piles of properly sliced pork, good stuffing/crackling/apple sauce and a massive helping of roast potatoes. They were so ridiculously massive, that my brother and I used to order one between us. It was more than enough - and he's a big, six-foot plus, strapping lad, with quite a big appetite! (Admittedly, the last time I went to L's Kitchen was about 5 or 6 years ago - so it may not be the same now)

    Pork or ham hocks: how to be frugal

    I like to make brawn from hocks and shanks. I just boil them down for a couple of hours with a lot of stock, and some chopped onions/carrots/celery & a bit of seasoning. Once cooled, I strip off the meat and cut into small cubes and put it in a pudding basin. I strain the stock, then boil it down until it's reduced to a sort of slightly viscous consistency, let it cool, then pour over the meat in the basin. Refrigerate overnight, take out of fridge half an hour or so before you're going to use it, then upturn the basin onto a plate. It's just load of nice tender pork, encased in savoury jelly. Really good on sandwich, with a bit of salad in it.

    Best roast pork sandwich shop ?

    I was up in Sheffield a couple of weeks ago and had to spend quite a bit of time in town, sorting out family stuff at the Town Hall and Registrar's offices. I popped in to the Moor Market food area a couple of times for summat to eat and I'm happy to recommend a couple of pork sandwiches I had in there. The first was from Sally's Kitchen. Nice, big, soft breadcake, a decent amount of tender, tasty pork, a generous amount of stuffing/apple sauce and a nice, crunchy chunk of crackling. The second pork sarnie I had was from McKay's - practically next door to Sally's. This one came with the added bonus of a portion of nice, tasty, roast potatoes served with it. I'd score them both pretty equally. The Sally's pork sarnie is a bit bigger and a bit more generously filled, but the Mckay's sarni is perfectly nice too - and the roast potatoes are a nice additional touch.

    Old Sheffield dialect

    My last post also reminds me of another amusing incident, which also happened not long after I moved to London, way back in '79. A colleague of mine, a nice lad from Rotherham, rang in sick one Monday morning, to say that he'd had an accident at the weekend and couldn't make it in to work, because he had a pot on his leg. The whole office was agog for days, wondering what sort of accident Charlie could have had, that would have resulted in him ending up with either a saucepan or a flowerpot attached to his leg. Of course, I could have explained to our colleagues exactly what it means to have a pot leg...or a pot arm - but I didn't - I just sat back and chuckled as they speculated.

    Old Sheffield dialect

    Heh heh heh, Baron99. Your post brought back memories and made me chuckle. When I first moved to live and work London, about 40 years ago, my new boss, who I'd only just met, told me that he thought he could get a certain project finished by the end of the week....to which I innocently replied "you c'--t". Next thing I knew, I was called into my senior manager's office to attend a disciplinary interview for "using foul, obscene or abusive language" towards my line manager. Took me quite a while to explain that I wasn't actually calling him a "c--t".... I was merely expressing my professional opinion that he perhaps couldn't achieve his target. 😁

    Fish and Chips in Sheffield thread

    I have no direct connection with this plaice at all Brooker11. I'm an honest sole! 😁
  12. I was born in Sheffield in the late 50's, grew up there throughout the '60's and 70's, before moving to live and work in London in 1979...and I'm still living and working in London over 40 years later! All my family are still in Sheff though, and I've been up to stay with them, usually for a week at a time, at least 3 or 4 times a year, ever since I moved down to London. I don't deny that Sheffield has changed beyond recognition since I left there in '79, but please, please believe me when I tell you that no way is Sheffield heading the same way as London. They're just two completely different places - different cultures, different atmospheres, attitudes etc. I love Sheffield, because it's home, it's my roots - and I love London too, because it's a great capital city - and it's given me a pretty good life too, over the last 40 years. You can't compare Sheffield to London though.....which is a very good thing, in my opinion.

    wnter warmers

    I do homemade soups and broths, slow cooked oven or stove-top dishes, like casseroles, stew & dumplings, shepherds pie, cottage pie, meat and potato pie, chicken and mushroom pie, etc. A nice, spicy curry always goes down well in cold weather too. I also like making stodgy, wintery desserts - fruit crumbles and pies, treacle or jam pudding, jam roly-poly etc.... all with hot custard, of course!

    Beeley Wood weir.

    Totally agree with you St Petre. The Dixon's Papermill contributed massively to the river pollution

    Beeley Wood weir.

    Like Longy67, I also used to play around this weir when I was kid - along with my brother and local mates. We used to go into Beeley wood bottom via the entrance opposite The Middlewood Tavern - and then spend the whole day going up and down the riverside on Beeley Wood bottom, between Middlewood and Oughtibridge - paddling, swimming and messing about in the river at every available entry point. This would have been around the mid 60's - but although we had tremendous fun, it was a very unhealthy environment for kids to play in! The Beeley Wood Forge, the Acheson's Black Lead factory etc, were still operational. I remember that the air and the whole atmosphere always had that industrial, metallic smell.... and the leaves on the trees were often coated in shiny, silvery-black carbon deposits. The river Don was stinky and absolutely filthy! It was the colour and consistency of a toxic oxtail soup - and the slower moving stretches of the river were always covered in a film of oil and floating piles of dirty, bubbly, soapy scum. It's an absolute miracle that my childhood playmates and I didn't fall victim to some terrible disease or industrial poisoning, given the amount of time we spent there when we were little kids. I remember those times fondly, but deep down, I'm glad that the river, the whole of Beeley Woods, is much cleaner and pleasanter now. I'm glad that the old artificial weirs are being demolished and that the river is being left to pursue it's own natural course. Most of all I'm glad that salmon and other fish and wildlife seem to be colonising and living successfully in that part of the river again....because despite the fun we had, I don't ever remember seeing any kind of living creature, in that poisoned stretch of The Don, when I was a kid....so it's nice to see "nature" re-establishing itself. 😁

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