|My mother's recipte book|
Main meals did not vary much - a roast on a Sunday with the left-overs on Monday either turned into cottage pie (delicious) or served cold with chips; sausage and mash, Lancashire Hotpot, (one of my favourites) corned beef hash and on Friday fish and chips. For vegetables my only memory is of peas, onions and carrots plus Brussel sprouts (ugh) at Christmas. Desserts were puddings at least once a week, such as spotted dick with custard or golden syrup sauce, baked apples, and rice pudding (which my father loved all his life but I hated),wih the weekend treat fruit pies or crumbles or lemon meringue. Shrove Tuesday meant pancakes served with sugar and lemon.
Sunday tea was invariably egg & cress or paste sandwiches followed by tinned peaches or jelly. or jelly fluff (whipped up with evaporated milk) and chocolate cake with butter icing. or other home baking.
We always sat round the table for meals, apart from Sunday tea when it was round a trolley, whilst we watched the classic Sunday serial on the television - or "The Lone Ranger" with Tonto and "Hiya Silver".
Another Saturday treat came from my father who bought us all a small bar of chocolate - for me Fry's Turkish Delight and for my mother a Kit Kat - this continued until I was well into my teens. Other penny treats we bought with our pocket money - sherbet, liquoricee sticks, Pontefract cakes, or sweet cigarettes when we pretended to be grown up. My grandfather gave us most Sundays a bag of pear drops. Otherwise snacks were generally unheard of - bread and jam in the afternoon, very occasional packet of plain crisps where you had to hunt for the little blue twist of salt, or in summer a rhubarb stick from the garden to dip into a poke of sugar.