As the shadows lengthen across the outfield, FB therefore ruminates more frequently about the passing of time. There are many random things that come across his mind at such times. This afternoon the available brain cell was fixated on food, in particular foods that no longer seem to be around. It is a truth universally acknowledged that diets have changed significantly even over the last 20 years, over FB's life time the changes are immense.
It was in this frame of mind that a vision of Honeycomb Mould came to FB - so strong that he could almost smell and taste it. 'What on earth is Honeycomb Mould?' all 3 of FB's readers ask simultaneously.
|this is an ad from the 1920s|
- the web provides no images
from the 60s or 70s of this
The Honeycomb Mould FB remembers was a packet product - a powder to be mixed with milk. After a bit of stirring and whipping and a bit more waiting and chilling, what emerged was an airy creamy mix with a gelatine top - if you turned it out or a gelatine base with an airy creamy base if you didn't. Food of the Gods. Although this was a packeted product and no doubt stuffed with all manner of chemicals that subsequent research ahs demonstrated will shorten FB's life, heritage cook books now contain recipes for it. The saintly Delia even does one, so it may be on the come back. Those who have not had it don't know what they missed.
Here are another 10 players in the Old Foods XI. All these verged on being staples during FB's younger years. Some of them may still be playing, but they rarely make the Test side.
- YoYo biscuits- circular chocolate biscuits with coloured foil wrappers - each colour a different flavour - mint was green, red was toffee.
- Hienz Salad Cream - the emulsion they tried to kill but saved by popular demand. Prawn Marie Rose is not right without it.
- Plumrose Chopped Ham and Pork - one step up from Spam
- Heinz Russian Salad - tinned carrots potatoes and peas in salad cream - one of your 5 a day - FB doubts it - whoever ate it?
- Oat Krunchies - parcels of cornflakey type stuff
- Arctic Roll - plastic sponge cake round inferior ice cream - truly wonderful - at its peak 25 miles of it were sold a month - rumoured to have made a comeback a couple of years ago
- Eat Me Dates - sticky as anything and with a funny stick thing to pick out of the box
- Frey Bentos - steak pie - a whole pie in a tin - with the soggiest pastry in the world
- Curry with Raisins - a bit of a cheat by FB here - not a purchased product but all domestic goddesses in the UK in the 60s cooked curry with raisins in it - and then the Indian restaurants arrived
- Ambrosia Creamed Rice - justly named for ambrosia it is - food of the Gods - companions were semolina and sago and macaroni.
|Don't let the modern packaging fool you - this is real classic|