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  1. Thanks Hauxwell. I was very flattered by your comment that you loved reading my posts. I like your posts too. We are both such foodies! I'm not 'he' though, I'm a 'she' .
  2. I started work in 1974 on £15 quid a week and it was quite easy then to have good night out for a quid . I gave my mum £5 for my board, put £4 in a savings account - because I was quite sensible, even at 16 years old - which left me £5.63 to splash out on myself. It was easy for me and my friend to have a decent night in the pub and spend no more than a quid back then. I drank beer - which was 20p a pint and my mate drank lager at 22p a pint. Like mostyoung lasses back then, we drank halves, so 2 drinks cost us 21p. We'd usually buy four rounds each , costing us 84p each - then we'd buy a bag of chips and scraps between us and share them on the way home. We'd each go out with a quid, have 8 halves of beer or lager each, a belly full of chips - and still come home with a couple of pennies in our pocket. Sounds crazy now, eh?
  3. Lemfizz cubes were a big chilhood favourite of mine in the mid-late 60's. I remember them being in lemon, lime and raspberry flavours and I think they cost penny for 2 - in old money. You could either chomp & crunch them, bite them into small chunks & let them fizz on your tongue, or dissolve them in water to make a fizzy drink. (Eeeh! It's no wonder I grew up with such rotten teeth)! 😃
  4. Yes Hauxwell - it's good that different regions are managing to hold on to their own local foods. I've never seen a Sheffield style fishcake anywhere except Sheffield - although I've also heard that they are available in Barnsley. There's nowt like a proper Sheffield breadcake either. I've had baps and rolls, barm cakes and stottie cakes - all perfectly nice, but nowt like a proper, floury Sheffield breadcake... especially when slathered in that pork jelly dripping that you can still buy in many Sheffield butchers. I also miss tomato sausage and polony from when I was a kid.
  5. I moved to live in London in the late 1970's and among the foods I still miss, even after more than 40 years, are breadcakes, hot roast pork sandwiches from a shop, Sheffield style fishcakes from the chippy and a decent pork pie. None of these things are available in or around London, so I make a beeline for them whenever I return to Sheff to visit my family.
  6. There seems to be many different ways of making corned beef hash. I like a lot of gravy, so I .ake mine a bit like making a vegetable stew, with chunks of corned beef added to it towards the end of cooking. My sister married an American bloke, so she would make her corned beef hash in the more "dry-fried" American style. My version is to sweat down some roughly chopped onion, garlic, celery, carrots and par-boiled potatoes until soft, then add a tin of tomatoes and bit of tomato puree, . a beef stock cube and bit of water mixed with cornflour to thicken the gravy and then simmer until the veg are very soft and falling apart. I then add a tin of corned beef cut into large chunks and warm it through in the veggie stew. I then leave it for a few hours , or overnight, to infuse and soak up the corned beef flavour. My sister's American version is to heat a bit of oil, then pan-fry some very finely chopped onion, garlic, celery, carrots, green and red pepper, finely diced cubes of par-boiled potatoes and fresh chopped tomatoes until soft and browned. She then adds finely chopped corned beef and rapidly fries the mix until it goes a bit dry and crispy. Two very different versions of corned beef hash but both very tasty.
  7. I'm quite short and quite fat. so over the course of my life, I've often been compared to actresses and celebs who are also quite short and quite fat. Apparently, I look like Cathy Burke, Kathy Bates, Pauline Quirke, Dawn French and Adele (before Adele lost loads of weight and went all glam). I was even told that I look like the actress Brenda Blethyn, when she plays the title character in the TV series,"Vera". Most insultingly of all, a friend once told me that I reminded her of the old astronomer, Patrick Moore - who used to present "The Sky at Night" on telly donkey's years ago. When I indignantly protested at being compared to Patrick Moore, this friend said "Well, you don't really look like him as such - it's just that you have the same dishevelled and slightly maniacal air about you!" Personally, I don't think I resemble any of the above......well, apart from being quite short, quite fat and - occasionally- quite dishevelled! 😄
  8. Keatwave is over. Thunderstorm forecast
  9. Just seen this old thread and it really brought a lump to my throat because tulip, who started the thread way back in 2005, was my lovely little sister. Sadly, she died of cancer in 2014, at the far too young age of only 47. I still miss her every day. She was placed in Eastcliffe to get her away from our horrible violent father and it really, really helped her. As her older sister, I'd already left home in the late 70's and escaped from our "bad dad", but she wasn't quite so fortunate and ended up being placed "in care" in the early 80's. Children's Care Homes often have a bad reputation, but I will always be grateful to Eastcliffe for helping my troubled little sis to completely turn her life around. All the staff there at the time were brilliant to her - but Peter Lumb ( the Carer who she refers to as 'Plum') was particularly good for her. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that he quite literally saved her life. If Peter Lumb is still around, I guess he'd be a very old man by now, but if he's not still around, I hope that some of his relatives or friends might read this thread and recognise what a profound and positive difference he made to my little sister's life - and to the lives of so many troubled youngsters who he helped to care for,
  10. Thanks andyofborg. I don't think her affairs are particularly complex, but along with my mum, my brothers and I - all in our 60's and living miles away from our old mum - are not very good, very competent or very confident at using computers or doing stuff online. We really need a good solicitor who could visit her and sort this out face-to-face,
  11. Can anyone help me with the names/contact numbers for any soliciitors in Sheffield who are willing to visit elderly/disabled clients in their own homes? My mum wants to write a will and to assign power of attorney to us, as her middle-aged "children". She's in her 80's and still fully in charge of all her mental capacities. However, she is severely physically disabled and is totally housebound - meaning that she can't get out to attend appointments. She is stone-deaf - meaning that she can't sort stuff out over the phone - and she doesn't have a computer or a smartphone - so she hasn't got the equipment or the skills to do anything online. We really need a solicitor to visit her at home to set up the whole process and manage the paperwork. I've contacted about half a dozen Sheffield solicitors firms today - none of whom are able or willing to visit an old woman at home. Any help or advice about this would be much appreciated. Ta
  12. Thought I'd revisit this old thread to mention another long-gone shop that I remember from growing up in the Hillsborough area in the 1960's. Does anyone recall Beckwith's shop on Far Lane? It was a tiny little place - just opposite where the old Dial House Working Men's Club used to be. The shop was the downstairs part of an old stone cottage - long since demolished -and was run by an old man called (unsurprisingly) Mr Beckwith. We kids used to go in there most weekdays on the way home from School, to spend our threepenny bits on tooth-rotting sweets. Mr Beckwith didn't have much stock, because most adults round there would buy their bits of local food shopping from the B&C Co-Op just down the road. He also used to sell loose butter by the pat and bacon sliced from a side of bacon - but his hygiene standards left a lot to be desired. My mum would never shop there because she said Mr B was a "mucky owd b----r" . Looking back - she had a point. I remember the butter and the bacon weren't covered up. I remember the butter melting in warm weather and once saw Mr B's pet cat curled up asleep,,,,,, on top of the slab of bacon !. Eeee! Them were the days!
  13. How totally ludicrous that an African person has been banned from having "africanperson" as a username on this forum. It's as daft as banning someone born and brought up in Sheffield from calling themselves "yorkshireperson" or banning someone from Bakewell from calling themselves "derbyshireperson". Madness!
  14. Hi africanperson I think it's still a majority white area. You see a few non-white people in the Hillsborough area, particularly in the main shopping areas, but not many. I don't think there's a very big Pakistani community in the Hillsborough area either. Hillsborough is by and large a majority white area. My London friends have not had any problem with direct racism, but a few have been a bit fed up at having to go into the town centre or to other more ethnically-diverse parts of Sheffield to buy certain foods and cosmetic products - such as yam, plantain, green bananas or certain shampoos, conditioners and skin-care products.
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