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  1. Of course I understand why people would need to buy a bit more than normal. People who are shopping for an elderly or disabled relatives as well as for themselves for example. Also, it makes sense for people who live alone to have a whole week's worth of supplies in, in case they get symptoms and have to self-isolate for 7 days. It's people like my 80 odd year old disabled mum who I am really worried about. Even without the Corona virus chaos, she is totally reliant on others to do her shopping for her. She doesn't use much - one loaf of bread, 2 or 3 loo rolls etc would last her a week, yet she's already running out of basics because her relatives and carers simply can't find these things in supermarkets or local shops. Buying in a bit extra is acceptable and understandable, but stripping the shops bare just because you've got the money and means to do so and thereby leaving the elderly and disabled with nothing, is simply wrong and immoral.
  2. I have always thought that people that panic-buy are hysterical fools. They are also very selfish, because people who don't drive or who are cash-poor/ elderly/disabled etc are unable to buy and carry large amounts in one go. So, when I last did my main shop a couple of weeks ago, I just bought what I normally buy. Now though, I'm running out of everything and when I tried to do another shop yesterday, the supermarket shelves and freezers were stripped bare in Morrison's, Lidl and Iceland. There was a reasonable amount of fresh meat, fish, fruit & veg and bread, but absolutely no rice or pasta, very little tinned stuff (apart from things that no-one ever buys, like artichoke hearts) and absolutely no bleach, loo rolls, kitchen towels, washing up liquid, disinfectant, liquid-soap or bar-soap. I still disagree with panic-buying, but I'm not sure how I'm going to stock up on just the normal essentials now!!
  3. Does anyone remember buying boxes of "a'penny men" from Redgate's? They were boxes of tiny toy soldiers. Each one was about as big as your little fingernail and you got about 24 of them to the box, which cost 1 shilling - i.e 12 old pennies - which made each tiny soldier cost half a penny... hence the name "a'penny men"! My little brother and I loved them. You could get them in all sorts of different armies - British, German, Japanese infantry - even older armies, like Cavaliers and Roundheads. My absolute favourites were my sets of American Civil war soldiers - with the Union soldiers made of navy blue plastic and the Confederate soldiers made of pale grey plastic , In the mid-to late 60's, my little brother and I were given a threepenny bit as spending money to take to school every day. We would religiously save our threepenny bits from Monday to Thursday, so that we had a shilling to spend in Redgate's on the Saturday. On Fridays, we'd spend our remaining threepenny bit on sweets. I always used to spend my spare threepence buying a "penny arrer" (a thin strip of chewy toffee called an Arrow bar, which cost 1 penny ), then I'd buy 2 Lemfizz cubes at 2 for a penny and then either 4 Blackjack chews, 4 Fruit Salad chews, or 4 Sports Mixture gums - all at 4 for a penny. On Saturdays, my dad would take us into Redgate's in town, where we would spend our saved up shillings on a box of "a'penny men". Dad would then walk us down to the old Castle Market and treat us to a plate of vinegary cockles or whelks, then buy us a bag of boiled sweets to take home with us, Thanks for this thread, These are really good memories of Redgates - and of a really nice part of my 60's childhood
  4. I absolutely love squid and octopus and often order it when eating out in restaurants, yet I never seem to have been able to master the art of cooking it properly at home. I've tried the "fast cook" methods of plunging it into boiling water and cooking it at a vigorous bubble for a few minutes...I've tried the "slow cook" methods of doing it for a couple of hours at a very gentle simmer with the lid on ….I've tried slow-braising in the oven, under foil, with stock and aromats - I've tried cooking the squid or octopus whole and I've tried cutting it into separate rings and tentacles before I cook it - but whichever way I do it, although it usually turns out to be nice and tasty, it always seems to turn out to be far too rubbery and chewy. Can anyone out there give me any tips on the best way to cook squid and octopus so that it turns out to be nicely soft and tender?
  5. I too fondly remember going on the Dial House WMC's annual day trip to the seaside in the mid 60's to the early 70's. It was mostly to Cleethorpes or Skeggy, but I have a vague recollection that they once took us to Blackpool for a change. There were several coaches for just the kids - and the couple of adult chaperones - and also one or two coaches for the accompanying mums. It was always the mums - and maybe the occasional grandma or auntie along for the ride. The dads never came - they were either working or enjoying a day at home without the missus and kids. I also remember being given free pop and crisps on the coach, a strip of free tickets for the fairground rides, eating fish and chips, candyfloss and those fried donuts from the seafront stalls. We kids always came home over-tired, over-excited and over-fed. No wonder there was always someone being sick on the coach home!
  6. Glad you enjoyed the mutton Taxman. I too bought some mutton from the Moor Market when I came up to Sheffield to visit my family in January. My brother, who still lives in Sheffield, had bought it from there several times and thoroughly recommended it. I use goat mutton quite often, because it's easily available near where I live in London, but I haven't seen sheep mutton on sale anywhere for many years. There was one stall, near Waterall's, selling mutton chops on the bone and another stall, a bit further down, selling diced mutton - so I bought a kilo of each! As you said, it's more expensive than goat, but cheaper and more robustly flavoured than lamb. I used the mutton chops to make a tasty mutton stew, with pearl barley and dumplings and I used the diced mutton to make a huge curry - both of which turned out delicious. The mutton chops had a lot of fat on them though, which is great for flavour, but makes the stew a bit too fatty - so I cooked it the day before, refrigerated it when it had cooled, then took the layer of fat off before I re-heated it the next day. This fatty "lid" was about 2 inches thick when set, so I'll probably trim the chops a bit, before I cook with them in future I used the diced mutton, which was much leaner, to make a proper curry. I made my own curry paste by roasting and grinding whole spices, adding fresh ginger, fresh turmeric, fresh curry leaves, garlic, chillies and coriander - and it was probably the nicest, tastiest curry I've ever made!
  7. Does anyone know of any fish and chip shops that open on Sunday afternoons/early evenings? A little relative of mine begged for fish and chips from a chippy for his birthday tea, but being a Sunday, his parents had to tell him that chippies don't open on a Sunday. It's some sort of ancient by-law, apparently! However, we heard through the grapevine that there's a chippy somewhere on or around Herries Rd, S5, that actually does open on Sundays. Does anyone know of this mythical place..... if so, where it is … and whether their fish and chips is any good?
  8. ...and what about the few shops that were in Hillsborough in the early 60's that are still there to this day? I don't think there's many of them left. The only places still there that I remember from my toddler days are Funk's pork butcher's and the Simpkin's sweet factory. Talbot's butcher's was there until a couple of years ago, but even that seems to have changed hands and is now called Kevin Stenton's. Also, does anyone remember Burton's menswear shop, on the corner of the main road/Bradfield Rd?
  9. Thanks hillsbro - of course it was Marsden's butcher's shop - not Marshall's - my memory is not quite as good as I thought it was! I clearly remember the awful stench of their factory on Wood lane/Myers Grove Lane though - we could smell it on our walk to and from Myers Grove school every day - and even from the school playing fields, when the wind was blowing in that direction. My old dad used to tell some very lurid tales about the danger of ever buying owt from Marsden's - but I'd better not repeat those tales here, in case I'm slandering them unfairly. Although my family never shopped there, plenty of people did - and to be fair to Marsden's - I never actually heard of anyone ever getting poisoned by their produce.😁
  10. When I was a kid, growing up in the Hillsborough area in the 60's and early 70's, I remember the old Brightside and Carbrook Co-Op, which is now the B&M Bargains. There was also a Wigfalls electrical goods shop, that my parents used quite often and a Woolworths - which I loved, because they used to sell a huge variety of biscuits in slanted tins...and I used to help myself to handfuls of them every time my mum took me in there. I remember the old Post Office in Hillborough Place...and there was also a proper old wet fishmongers near there. There was a couple of butcher's shops called Kelsey's and Marshall's. My parents shopped in Kelsey's a lot, because they did excellent black pudding, but they wouldn't touch Marshall's with a ten foot pole, because my dad once did some work at their processing plant near Myer's Grove school and was appalled by their poor standards of hygiene. There was also a shop called Burgin's - near where the Hillsborough Interchange bus terminal is now. They sold school uniforms and sporting goods. I remember my mum doing her nut when I went from junior school to Myers Grove senior school in 1969 ….because Burgin's was the only place that sold the correct Myers Grove uniform....and it was ludicrously expensive.....far more than my family could afford, but she felt obliged to buy it anyway, so that I could go to senior school properly kitted out. She bought it on tick and was still paying it off 2 years later . Aaah...those were the days. eh?
  11. Thanks bkcin. I appreciate your reply, because so far, you are the only other person I've come across who has ever even heard of these kalettes - let alone ever actually tried and tasted them! I was beginning to think I'd imagined them...and that they didn't actually exist.
  12. Just wondering if anyone out there has ever tried - or even ever heard of - a wonderful green vegetable called "kalettes"? I bought some in the Hillsborough Morrison's when I was up in Sheff visiting my old mum last week and I must say that they are one of the very nicest green veg that I've ever tasted in my life! I was just shopping for the usual "greens" - broccoli, cauli. sprouts etc and there they were. I bought them out of pure curiosity and I'm glad I did, because they were totally delicious! The "advertising blurb" on the pack described them as being a cross between brussels sprouts and kale - and that's pretty much an accurate description. To look at them, they are about the size of brussels, but appearance-wise, they look like tiny little frilly baby cabbages. I went back into the Hillsborough Morrison's a couple of days later - but they didn't have any, I've looked for these kalettes in all the major supermarkets since I came home to London last week - but never found them anywhere. All I can say is that if you see them, buy them.....they're a bit more expensive than your usual greens, but well worth it.
  13. I'm glad you enjoyed it Jaffa1. I was up in Sheff yet again last week, with my ailing old mum and I managed to have 2 hot roast pork sandwiches during my week-long visit. Nothing new - one from Funks, one from Sallie's in the Moor Market. Both as good as ever! I long since gave up on Beres pork sarnies - they're rubbish - but to be fair to Beres, their pork pies are the best I've yet had in Sheffield - and their pork sausages are really nice too.
  14. We didn't have a turkey this year - we had a huge capon and a smaller joint of pork - but the principle is the same. Tons and tons of poultry and meat... that just goes on.... forever!! The meat and poultry that we had this year did 4 family members for a big, slap-up Christmas dinner. We then had 7 family members round on Boxing Day - for the traditional "cold meat and pickles" spread. I did bubble & squeak fry-up - with cold sliced capon and pork the next day. On the 28th,the pork was done, but there was still plenty of capon left, which really had to be used up that day. I ended up batch-cooking for the freezer that day. I made 2 quite large capon, ham & mushroom pies - and a huge vat of soup - about 8 servings - from the capon carcass and remaining meat - with tons of vegetables and some stock. The main problem now is trying to make room in the freezer to fit it all in!
  15. Here I am again....prattling on, never-endingly, about pork sarnies! I recently spent a fairly long visit in Sheffield - spending time with my family in the area I grew up in. Whilst I was up there, I had the chance to try - and to recommend ….yet another offering from the Hillsborough area. I'm sorry to say that I can't remember the name of this place - but it's a small-ish bakery type shop, just past B&M Bargains. , on the same side of the road, next door to Kevin Stenton's butcher's shop (formerly Talbot's). The hot roast pork sarnie from this shop is worth a try. It's huge! One sandwich at £2.40 did 2 of us easily for our dinner that day! The breadcake is the size of a dustbin lid, the roast pork was nicely cooked and piled high, the crackling, stuffing and apple sauce was also nice - and you even get a couple of roast potatoes thrown in with it too! Funk's still has my vote for my favourite pork sandwich in the Hillsborough area. It's small, but it's just so much more delicious than any of the others I've tried. The above shop - more or less directly across the road from Funk's - is a good alternative though - particularly if you want a nice pork sarnie - about 3 times the size of Funk's....but at much the same price...I will happily recommend this place.
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