This, believe it or not, was my works mascot for a number of years. It was deemed ugly by just about anyone who looked at it. Then, its worse fate came when someone called it a bad luck omen. We'd put it on people's desks (or close by) and the day would usually be a disaster for them. He was about to thrown out when we moved, naturally I nabbed it because when someone least expects it...it's going back to work so its reign of terror can begin again!
For many years this book has been in hiding. My mother purchased this book in the early 1970's. I grew up looking at the pictures often asking her to make something that caught my tiny eye. I'd forgotten how many recipes she used from this book - many more than I thought. Although my mother passed away in 1976, I can now sample some of the food I grew up with. It's the funny thing about food, the taste can instantly bring back long forgotten memories. I doubt it will ever look as good as the pictures, or taste as good as my mother made, but hopefully it can come close. If not, I will always have the pictures to look at and a chance to recall dinners past.
Have you ever checked out old cookbooks? You should, the food, the pictures, the typeface, it’s all classic and often quite comical.
Today (the 3rd August) I thought I'd go and have one last Starbucks coffee before it was too late. I was too late. Starbucks recently announced that 61 Australian stores would close forever. Evidently, they must have stated they'd be closed "by" the 3rd. Today there was no sign of Starbucks ever existing. Blacked out windows, signage all removed, just a rather large FOR LEASE sign sitting in the window. Ho hum, looks like I'll have to travel to Sydney for a coffee from now on.