|“Ten minutes for here,” Len said. “Then we’ll scram for the refreshment rooms and have hot rolls, jam and coffee.”
“Jam!” Althea gasped. “At this time of day!”
|They were surprised that it was just coffee and rolls, but for Althea at least, the jam itself was surprising. It's 6am and she and Len have just reached Basle:
I'm not sure about the rationing point. Althea was written in 1968 or so - surely, most of her teen readership at that point probably wouldn't even remember most rationing and I can't see EBD referring back to it. It was past and gone and probably something people didn't want to be reminded of particuarly.
|Well I'd rather eat slightly out of date food than waste it, and not just because I am a skint student (or too lazy to go out and buy more, either!). It's the principle of the thing... (And possibly having Yorkshire parents )|
When I first met Andy's parents in the early eighties they were still quite influenced by the effects of rationing - never throwing away any food ever, picking lots of blackberries because they were free and available etc. I think for a lot of people it became such a way of life that they found it hard to adjust back again.
|When my grandma passed away and we had to clear out her larder, we just could not believe how much stuff she had in there - I think she stockpiled things because she always had it at the back of her mind that maybe one day rationing might be introduced again. I suppose it was very hard to get out of that way of thinking.
Jam is made with soft, already-sweet fruit ie berries, and is set with the pectin in lemon juice that is added to it.
|Jelly to me means a seedless fruit flavoured substance that is *so* gelled that it cannot be, say, spread on toast, or spread anywhere for that matter. It is generally eaten in a bowl with icecream, and needs the dessert spoon as a tool to cut it and lift it, if you know what I mean. It's harder than jam, and impossible to spread out - if you tried it would just break up in small pieces. It's also blander than jam and wouldn't flavour a piece of toast enough to justify using it there.|
|Fruit that is *not* citrus and *not* soft&sweet already, but that is still made into preserves, are made into 'sauces'. So if I put apples, or mint, or peaches, through the same process as strawberries, it would make apple sauce, mint sauce etc. Same with cranberry sauce for Christmas dinner. I think it's the sugar ratio again that defines the difference, and the fact that here, at least, these 'jams' are not *set* to the same extent as the soft berry preserves are, they are kept in a *relatively* liquidy format.|
|They look like the correct definitions of jam to me, Kathy! Marmalade is generally orange-flavoured afaik. But even with those definitions, to me they're very distinct and seperate - to the point that I love jam and hate marmalade.|
|. . . or kedgeree . . .|
|khichdi in Hindi|
|It's often made with smoked haddock, and properly smoked haddock is yellow.|
|Lisa A. wrote:|
|Where are their five portions of fruit and vegetables?|
|I'm just rereading the early books and apparently the treatment to prevent Robin from getting TB involves going to bed early and "any amount of milk"|
|Please someone write a drabble about how Robin dropped down dead from a heart attack at 40 because of all the full fat milk.|
|...and yet ironically I believe one of the ways of getting TB is by drinking infected milk! Might not have been that common though.|
|Mrs Redboots wrote:|
|Even when I was growing up, milk was considered to be good for growing children|
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