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  1. I don't think it's necessarily fair to expect an MP to support a cause that they personally disagree with, simply because the majority of his/her constituents supported that cause in referendum. As an individual, Gill Furniss has a democratic right to support Remain, and that's probably what she voted for when she cast her individual vote in the referendum 3 years ago. She seems to have been honest about her wish to remain in the EU and even though I voted for Brexit myself, I respect her right to follow her own conscience and to hold a different view to mine. There's more to an MP's job than just how they feel on one issue - even an issue as important as whether or not we remain in the EU. If Ms Furniss's constituents don't like her overall performance as their local MP, if they think that she's falling short in many key areas, they can always choose not to vote for her the next time she stands for election, but for anyone to say that they will "never" vote for Labour again" simply because they happen to disagree with their local MP's stance on just one particular issue, seems naïve, short-sighted and just plain daft to me.
  2. Thanks lectrolove. Ecclesall Rd South is a bit of a trek from where my old mum lives in Wadsley, but it may be worth me making a special effort to go there for proper kippers, the next time I come up to visit her in November. I actually found some kippers on the fish counter at the Hillsborough Morrison's when I came to stay with my mum last month...but they were rubbish! They were really dry and bony, with hardly any "meat" on them - and they just tasted like fake smoke flavour and over-powering salt. Like you, I'm no fan of kippers, I can take 'em or leave 'em, but my mum really enjoys a proper old-fashioned kipper - and it would be nice to treat her to one.
  3. Is there anywhere left in Sheffield that sells proper, old fashioned kippers? The boil-in-the-bag versions are available in most supermarkets, but they bear no resemblance to the real thing and are not worth eating. The best kippers I've ever had have been from Whitby - and where I live, in South East London, I'm lucky enough to live near one of the few remaining old-fashioned fishmongers, who occasionally sell the real thing - usually kippers from Craster, in Northumberland, or from Cley-Next-The-Sea, in Norfolk. They're bloody expensive though..... like £7 or £8 quid each …. which I think is quite ridiculous!
  4. Hi again Janus, When I first started doing tandoori chicken, I used jars of tandoori paste or sachets of tandoori powder that you mix into a paste yourself with a bit of water or vinegar & plain yoghurt, but I find the flavour is better if you use fresh ground spices. You can also adjust your own mix to suit your own tastes - like using a bit more or less chilli, depending on how hot you like it, whereas with the shop-bought pastes and powders you can't really do that so easily. I've never used a tandoor - although I'd like to - and when I tried cooking it on the stove top in a heavy griddle pan, I just filled my small kitchen with choking smoke and made a right mess of my stove-top with all the spatter! My favourite way to cook it is on an outdoor barbecue, where you can get decent char and there's plenty of space for the resultant smoke to disperse. I like the sound of the idea of adding a metal cup of charcoal to a covered pan - but I'm not sure I'd dare risk this in my tiny kitchen!
  5. Surely it depends what you're having with your chips? I don't imagine that a meaty gravy would go very well with fish, chips and mushy peas, but if you are having just a portion of chips, or a pie and chips, gravy would be a good accompaniment. I was born and grew up in Sheffield, but I've lived and worked in London for the past 40 years. They definitely don't do chips and gravy in the chip-shops down here, but they all do chips with chip-shop curry sauce - which many Londoners love to eat.
  6. Hi Janus, I've tried various recipes for tandoori chicken down the years. I'm sharing my favourite one with you below. It's always best to use chicken "on the bone", rather than boneless fillets - I prefer breast and thigh portions. It's even better to buy a whole medium-sized chicken (about 1.2-1.5 kg) and cut it into quarters, giving you 2 breast portions and two leg portions. It's best cooked in a tandoor oven or on a hot outdoor barbecue - but as not many people have a tandoor and it's not exactly the weather for barbecuing, this can be cooked in a normal oven - near the top of the oven, on the highest heat. It takes about 25 mins in my oven at 250C -although oven do vary. Here's the recipe 1 Skin and quarter a 1.2-1.5kg chicken, giving you 2 breast portions and 2 leg portions. Put 4 deep diagonal slashes in each portion, right down to the bone 2 Make tandoori marinade 10 fl oz plain mild yoghurt 2 green chillies (more if you like it hot) 2 Tsp grated fresh ginger 4 cloves of garlic 1.5 tsp salt 1 tsp chilli powder (more if you like it hot) 1 tsp black cumin powder 1.5 tsp garam masala 2 tsp vinegar (any vinegar will do) 2 tbsp cooking oil (any oil will do) 0.5 tsp red food colouring 0.5 tsp yellow food colouring 3) Combine the yoghurt, green chillies, ginger and garlic in a blender until smooth. Pour into a large bowl, add all other marinade ingredients and beat with a fork or hand-whisk, until glossy. 4) Put the prepared chicken portions into the bowl of marinade mix and massage thoroughly by hand, to ensure that the marinade goes into all the slits. Cover with cling-film and allow to marinate in the fridge for at least 24 hours - altho' 48 hours is even better. 5) When ready to cook, shake off excess marinade and place chicken portions on a wire rack over a shallow baking tin. Bake for about 25 mins on a high shelf for about 20-25 mins at 250C. (Test with fork to ensure meat is cooked - it should pull away from the bone easily) Serve with green salad, lemon wedges and mint raita - and plain, boiled basmati rice, if you like!
  7. Can anyone tell me if there's anywhere in Sheffield that still sells pigs' feet and/or pigs' tails? Not exactly my cup of tea, but my old mum has a real nostalgic hankering for them and I'd like to get her some as a bit of a treat when I next come up to visit her in a couple of weeks time. Last time I managed to get some was from a butcher's stall in the old bit of Crystal Peaks market. They were great - really meaty and very cheap, but I don't fancy traipsing all the way from Wadsley to Crystal Peaks, just to buy a couple of trotters! Is there anywhere a bit nearer that sells such things - like in the town centre, or in or around the Hillsborough area?
  8. Wards was always my favourite beer. We used to go to the Shoulder O' Mutton pub in Worrall (before they did the old pub up...and ruined it). The landlord in the early 70's was a right miserable bugger but he certainly knew how to keep his beer and it was a very good pint.
  9. Another vote here for Bradfield Church. My cousin got married there 20-odd years ago. It was a lovely sunny day and the wedding photos were fantastic, with such a beautiful view in the background.
  10. Welcome back Taxman! I thought that (like me), you'd run out of new stuff to try! I've cooked a few "variations" lately, using different herbs/spices/seasonings etc -but nowt that I would actually call "new", as such. I've met and worked with a few Middle Eastern and Moroccan colleagues lately. I've really enjoyed the food they've shared with me, so I've been experimenting with different seasonings... like Raas-el-Hanout, Baahar seasoning etc - all very delicious and tasty, but it's basically not really all that different from cooking an Indian-style curry - just a different blend of herbs and spices to use when marinating your meat or chicken etc . It also involves using a lot more fruit - especially dried fruits, like figs, prunes, raisins, apricots etc
  11. I'll back Jabberwocky up on this one! I know that he (or she?) didn't make it up at all, because my old great grand-dad used to chant more or less exactly the same rhyme to me in the early 60's....as in.., Once upon a time The birds sh-t lime The monkeys chewed tobacco The little dog run With his finger up his bum To see what was the matter. What a totally ridiculous verse - it doesn't even rhyme...... for f---s sake! A lot of the verses piled on me in my childhood involved "bums" - as in fingers up bums...and pancakes tied to bums, etc. What is it about Sheffield nursery rhyme and "bums"? As in.... You know last night? No.. the night before 3 little tom-cats Knocked at my door One had a fiddle One had a drum And one had a pancake,,, Tied to his bum 😁
  12. The rhymes I recall being chanted to me by grandparents and old relatives when I was a small child in the early '60's are a bit surreal and still don't make any sense at all....even though I'm now an old fogey myself! A couple of these old rhymes I remember are.... "There was a little man and he had a little gun Up that field, he did run, Wi' a belly full o' fat and a big straw hat And a pancake tied to his bum...bum...bum" Another one was... "Up streets and down streets Windows made of glass Call at Mrs (insert name) And you'll see a bonny lass With red, rosy cheeks And a dimple in her chin And as much like her mother As ever she did grin"
  13. During my most recent visit to Sheffield a couple of weeks ago, I finally got around to trying a pork sandwich from Helen's in Hillsborough. It was a lovely, tasty sarnie - nice breadcake, plenty of filling, tasty trimmings, reasonably priced. I would definitely have this sandwich again. However, as someone previously pointed out, this is a pulled pork sandwich - perfectly nice... but not the "traditional" Sheffield roast pork sarnie, with the meat sliced from a joint of pork, sitting on a slab behind the counter. My repertoire of Sheffield's roast pork sarnies is admittedly fairly limited....but so far, my absolute favourites are from Funk's in Hillsborough - and from Sallie's in the new Moor Market.
  14. Thank you for your very helpful replies Ms Macbeth. I really appreciate your advice. We've tried to bid on all of the above properties you mentioned, but the system has blocked our bids, saying that our mum is "not high enough priority". When we queried this with Sheffield Council, they told us that mum had been dropped to Priority D - the lowest priority - because we'd failed to bid on previous properties in Stocksbridge and Deepcar - where she wouldn't want to live anyway! Apparently, the Council's "rule" is that unless we bid on all and any suitable properties, regardless of geographical location, mum will remain bottom priority. This is what really upsets us. Of course, we accept that such properties are in short supply and of course we accept that mum will have a longer wait if she wants to hold out for a property in Sheff 6, but to reduce her medical priority and prevent us from even bidding for properties in Sheff 6 because we haven't bidded for properties in other areas is wrong and unfair. Mum is in her 80's, both legs amputated above the knee, partially deaf. We feel that although the wait might be longer, her medical priority should be based on her medical condition - not on the area she chooses to bid for.
  15. My friends and I - a small group of teenage girls aged between 16-18 - would go to town on a pub crawl most Saturday nights. It was easier to get served underage in town - they were less vigilant than local pubs and the landlords didn't know our parents! We always followed the same route and had just one drink in every pub. I'm talking mid-late 1970's here, so many of these pubs will be gone, or re-jigged and renamed by now. We'd get off the 18 bus in Campo Lane and start in the Blue Bell opposite the bus stop, then it was Dove and Rainbow, Stonehouse, Three Tuns, Pig & Whistle, Cambridge, Barleycorn, Yorkshireman, Brown Bear, finishing up in the Mulberry - because we could get the last 13 or 14 bus home from directly outside. Sounds like a lot of pubs for one night, but lasses mostly drank halves those days, not pints like now. We'd have a half of bitter if the pub sold decent beer and half of lager and lime if the beer was rubbish. The beer was mostly rubbish in town centre pubs, but I remember that the Yorkshireman and the Brown Bear had good ale.
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