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  1. 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?
  2. ...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?
  3. 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.😁
  4. 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?
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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!
  9. 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.
  10. Maybe Sheffield Council aren't paying for the new development and maybe they don't own the land, but presumably, it's down to the Council's Planning department to decide whether or not to grant the necessary planning permission. The Council should only agree to grant this planning permission to developers who agree that a certain percentage of the new homes they build will be then sold on to Housing Associations or other Social Housing providers to help ease the growing social housing shortage. This what has been happening in London for the past few years. I've recently worked on new housing developments in the Camberwell and Greenwich areas, where the developers have built two identical new-build blocks of flats. One whole block was sold by the developers, as individual flats, to private buyers and the other whole block was sold to a Housing Association, who subsequently allocated the flats to people on their waiting lists.
  11. I agree with Becky B that "affordable housing" is a very relative term, which is why I think that, before giving the go-ahead for this proposed new development - indeed any new housing developments in the city - Sheffield Council should insist that at least 80% of the new homes to be built should be for Social Housing. I don't have a problem if a small amount of the new homes are sold or let out as private ownership or rental - but the real need for new housing is not for those people who can afford to buy or pay market rent, but for those who can't afford it .
  12. Thanks Chez2, you are the only person I've heard from so far, who even knows what seed cake is! My own version is basically just a madeira cake... with a couple of teaspoons full of toasted caraway seeds chucked in. I really don't like it at all...but my old mum loves it..so I'm deffo gonna make her a seed cake for Christmas.
  13. I have really mixed feelings about this sort of development. Of course, it's very sad when yet more green spaces and lovely rural areas are swallowed up by housing developments, but on the other hand, there's no doubt that, with an ever-growing population, there's a huge need to build much more affordable and social housing throughout the UK. Ideally, the new housing developments should be built on brownfield sites, but I guess it's inevitable that there has to be at least some encroachment into greenfield areas to meet the ever-growing need. I'm in my 60's now and I and my family have lived and grown up on the Sutton and Wisewood estates, adjacent to the Loxley area, since before I was born. When I and my brothers and sister were little kids in the early '60's, I remember our grandparents visiting us on the Sutton and Wisewood estates and remembering nostalgically how that this whole area used to be just old village housing and fields and farmland in "their day". I do agree with previous posters that it's not just about building houses though. The whole infrastructure needs to be considered - shops, schools, doctors and dentist surgeries - and most particularly, public transport. My brother and his family live in Loxley and public transport is practically non-existent....especially in the evenings.
  14. Thanks for the replies everyone. I totally agree with vwkittie and Chez2 that the home made mince pies, cakes, puddings etc, tend to be much nicer than the shop-bought stuff...but it's all such a time-consuming faff doing it - and although most of the shop-bought stuff is not quite as nice, a lot of it is perfectly passable. For example, there's a stall in the precinct down Hillsborough that does a really delicious date and walnut cake - very dense, sticky and tasty... and, to be honest, I think it's even nicer than my home-made efforts! The one cake that I do still home-bake is the "seed cake". It's a very simple cake recipe - a sort of cross between a Victoria sponge and a Madeira cake....but with a few teaspoons full of caraway seeds thrown into the cake mixture before baking. I can't stand it myself - I think it tastes absolutely vile.... like medicine...or disinfectant...but my old mum is her 80's now and Christmas wouldn't be Christmas for her without the traditional "seed cake"...so I am happy to carry on making it for as long as she's around to enjoy it.
  15. Do many people still bake and make their own Christmas cakes, puddings, mince pies etc, or is it more usual to buy this sort of stuff in these days? My old mum, now in her 80's and too frail and disabled to do home-baking, always used to practically kill herself, baking stuff for weeks on end before each Christmas. As well as making the usual Christmas cake, mince pies and pudding, she'd also always make a date and walnut cake, a moist coconut cake, a seed cake, a slab of sticky parkin and loads of almond frangipane tarts. I tend to buy most things in these days, although I have been known to bake the occasional cake or batch of mince pies. The home made stuff is definitely nicer, but it involves far too much shopping and slaving over a hot stove....and I'm not a martyr, like my mum was in her younger days.
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