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When we were kids, we spent every Sunday in the summertime at Llangennith beach on the Gower (South Wales). My mothers idea of a picnic was a whole roast chicken, a pressure cooker of potatoes and veg taken straight off the top of the cooker and put into the boot of the car not to be opened until we were ready to eat and an enormous red thermos full of gravy. This would be eaten in the field above the beach obviously for fear of sand. The adults wouldn't actually venture onto the beach at all in fact. There were always warm hard boiled eggs too and angel cake and pink wafers. We had a little camping gaz stove and a kettle for tea. It would take all afternoon to boil. My Gran (bless her) would sit there on her deck chair all day in her Sunday Best Coat and Chapel hat despite the blistering heat (1976 if you're wondering - we might be the wettest place in Britain now but we did have sun once I'm certain).
Ps just eaten a custard (or iced) slice. Is that soggy cream cracker on the bottom? Could they go in the venn diagram between crackers and cakes? Loved the book.
|Nicey replies: Splendid we now have beans, soup and gravy as Thermos contents, but I'm willing to accept weirder ones, porridge perhaps?
As for the bases of Custard slices I had always assumed that this was puff pastry that had been transformed by the immense humidity and pressure exerted by an inch and a quarter of custard, into a strange slighty glassy substance. Perhaps custard slices are a model of some geological processes such as the laying down of sedimentary rocks, or the earth's lithosphere.
||Hello Nicey and Wifey, |
Just thought I'd drop you a line to let you know about the excellent tea, cakes and sitting down that we had today at work as part of the Macmillan fundraising effort. Some hard-working employees of Devon County Council were up late last night, baking all kinds of delicious cakes, buns, and fairy cakes (all with wings stuck in the butter icing on top - ref earlier debates on your site), and the resulting tea, cake and sit-down fest has been a wonder to behold.
Don't worry, council tax payers, we made sure all the school buses and meals on wheels were going OK before we began the sitting down.
All the best,
|Nicey replies: Very good. We just back from our local one, which had a lovely spread too. Mind you my homemade ginger nuts were perilously close to a plate of pink wafers.