Food & Drink #18: Patsy's Reflections
"Bloater Savories" is just one of the many unappetizing recipes you'll find in this incredible cookbook from 1946. Patsy's Reflections: Learn to Cook by Pictures is nearly 200 pages of cooking instructions done in comic book form. It's like a graphic novel about making sausages rolls and bacon pie.
Don't get me wrong, despite the fact that lard or grease is the key ingredient in nearly all these recipes, they are undoubtedly healthier than our modern day synthetic Frankenfoods. That being said, these are a still hilarious and amazingly dissimilar to what winds up on plates nowadays. Take a look...
Among the many wonderful recipes illustrated in this book are Liver Hot Pot, Frizzled Beef, Corned Beef Toad-in-a-Hole, Knuckle of Lamb, Cold Meat Mould, Devilled Mutton, and Rabbit Custard Pie.
If I had a nickle for every time I needed a pickled beetroot....
Perhaps the scariest thing your mother-in-law could ever utter: "Better stop for a snack while you're here - I've got a tinned pudding, some dried egg and a jar of potted meat!" Run, Patsy! Run like the wind!
Speaking of queer names - "a dessert spoonful"?
Yes, Patsy. Eating coagulated milk is just as good as drinking it.
"What should we do tonight? I'm tired of doing the same old thing."
"Ever try stuffing a Swede?"
For your next dinner party, why not try Cabbage Cake?
Oh, yes. Just what I wanted to see! Honey, let's skip the movie tonight.
I've spared you the next panel where Dad "cuts through the skin, pulls out the neck with the head, and takes out the crop bag. Next he loosens the entrails by working the fore finger round them...."
I know that if you saw what went into your McRib or McNuggets, the stuffed sheep's heart would look damn delicious. And yet, this seems like something more suited for Fear Factor than our dinner table.
Your butcher just handed you two sheep's kidneys and you're wondering what you should do? Call the police. This man is obviously a ticking time bomb.
Yes, milk is much too valuable to use in Peter's favorite dish. Much better to jelly the milk and eat it plain.
I love this quote from Jimmy Dean:
"I used to help my granddaddy make sausage. He would mix it up in a cleaned-out washtub with his hands, no gloves. Man, if we did anything like that today, they would jack the jail up and throw us under it."
And I've saved the best for last...
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Also, I should mention this book was made in the UK. There are those of you who read these recipes and make the conclusion that this isn't so much an indictment of 1940s cooking as it is an indictment of English cooking. Those of you may well be right.