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Collecting Vintage Recipe Books

Many people love to collect vintage recipe and cookery books, and the yay retro! online vintage shop always tries to keep a selection in stock to buy. An invaluable source of down to earth and cordon bleu cookery, they are fun, affordable and packed full of cooking history.

above... a series of mini cookbooks released by Stork margarine in the 1960/70s.

Many famous food brands have published recipe leaflets and books over the years and these reflect the times in which they were written. Often people needed to collect labels from the foods and send them in to redeem their free book. Other times you would fill in an application form on the back of the packet and send a money order or cheque with an SAE (stamped addressed envelope) to receive the book back. Such books and leaflets are now highly sought after by vintage collectors who wish to find out about the foods people used to eat, and to try recipes which were being used by their Mothers, Grandmothers and Great Grandmothers back in the day.

Foods such as pineapples and avocado which seemed glamorous in the 60s and 70s are now common place, and other foods which were eaten weekly in the 40s, 50s & 60s such as tripe and offal are rarely cooked by families nowadays.

It's really interesting to see how foods were presented in cook books, these range from lavish, ornate creations which can turn the stomach somewhat today (eg. the fish below found in Mrs Beetons cookbook) to very simple recipes which can seem a bit silly to us now (e.g the fruit salad served in a pineapple above). It's worth remembering that after the war being able to easily get a pineapple at the local shop was still completely amazing and also quite rare, so serving one at a dinner party was luxury itself. I grew up in the 60s and 70s and tinned pineapple in syrup was my Mum's choice, I can't ever recall eating a fresh pineapple back then. 

One of the fabulous things about vintage recipe books aside from the wealth of cooking knowledge and recipes is that they offer us wonderful illustrations and photos. These tell us so much about the styles in vogue at the time. Below is a delightful pastel illustration showing the desserts that can be made with a Kenwood Mixer. Some of these would seem to tax all but the most accomplished chef, but were there to inspire the housewife to hold a glamorous dinner party. This was something that many couples did with regularity - people often did not eat out as it was simply not affordable to most.

Personally, I love cartoon illustrations like the one below from the 1970 Weight watchers book I have for sale. Fabulous illustrations like these can be found in many cook books of the time. It's worth looking out for children's cookbooks too if you like this sort of thing. One very collectable book is The Ladybird We Can Cook Book which is packed full of amazing pictures.

The photos in vintage recipe books show us not only the kinds of food being cooked, but the way tables were laid and the kinds of table and kitchenware that people aspired to own and use at the time. In the 70s pottery and earthenware were favoured as can be seen in the book below. This was often twinned with gingham or flower power tablecloths.

At the time people cooked a lot of meat, pastry and cakes and used a lot more cream than is recommended today!  With people working with their hands and being far more physical in the workplace, the calories were soon burnt off! I can recall 100s and 100s of men cycling home from the steelworks in our local town at teatime for instance.

Making cakes at the weekend for Sunday tea was the norm in many homes, and housewives would swop recipes with one another keeping them in folders and recipe boxes such as the one below. It's great to find something like this as you can have a go at someone's handwritten recipe knowing that it was one that was loved and shared.

yay retro! aim to have a good selection of vintage recipe and cookery books in stock at all times. Click here to see what I have for sale right now, I can combine postage if you see more than one you'd like.

Free Pattern For Crocheted Granny Square Waistcoat 1960/70s

Hi, I'm Sue and I run the yay retro! online vintage shop selling vintage homewares from the 1960/70s. I've massively got into crochet again of late and have been busy making jumpers for myself and grandchildren since January! Crochet is very quick and easy to do and being able to work with lots of lovely yarns and colours is very satisfying and relaxing.  Here is a very simple free pattern for a Granny Squares waistcoat for you to have a go at. I've adapted a vintage 1960s cardigan pattern to come up with this design. This pattern fits a ladies size 12/14 and I used Scheepjes Stone and River washed yarns which are cotton and acrylic and come up around DK in weight. However you can use any yarn you fancy so long as the resulting squares measure 2.5 inches each when complete.

If you wish to make the waistcoat bigger or smaller, simply get one of your favourite fitted cardigans and make enough squares to fit the width across the the chest armpit to armpit to assess your personal measurement. Don't forget men like Paul McCartney were wearing these in the 60/70s, swop the colours for earthy tones and I am sure it would look great on a guy too!

Free Pattern For Crocheted Granny Square Waistcoat 1960/70s

Here are the instructions for each square, I used a 3mm crochet hook. (Don't forget the squares should each measure 2.5 inches when complete. Change your hook size until you have the correct tension to make the squares the right size.)

You will need 114 squares made like this:

Chain 5 and join with a
Round 1. Chain 3 and work 15 tr into the ring, join with a into 3rd st of 3 ch. fasten off 
Round 2. Join new colour in a space between any tr. ch 3, 1 tr in same space., *ch1, miss 2 tr., (2 tr., 2 ch., 2 tr) in next space = corner, ch 1, miss 2 tr., 2 tr in next space., rep from * to complete round, sl st in 3rd st of ch 3 fasten off.
Round 3.  Join new colour in space between any space before a corner and complete 2dc in same space., *ch 1., (2dc., 2 ch., 2dc.,) = corner, ch 1, 2dc in next space, ch 1, 2dc in next space, ch1, now complete corner and repeat until round complete, ch 1, sl st to join. fasten off.
Round 4. With main background colour (I used pale grey), join in any dc and complete one round of dc with 2 dc at each corner.
Neatly & firmly knot and tie in your loose ends as you complete each square

Check your square measures 2.5 inches and then make 114 squares.

You may decide to block your squares to ensure they are consistently square. (You can do this with an old chopping board, simply get 4 brass picture hook nails and hammer these into the board to match the 4 internal corners of your square, then pop your square onto these for an hour or so to shape.) Below is a picture of my homemade blocking board with the Scheepjes River and Stone washed yarn I used to make my waistcoat. I ordered 2 more balls of full size yarn for the background/edging grey colour 

Once you've completed, your 114 squares lay them out to form this shape:

The back (as seen on left of photo above) consists of 5 rows of 8 squares, then 3 rows of 6 squares.  
The front consists of 2 parts (as seen on right of photo above) each is made up of 5 rows of 4 squares, 2 rows of 3 squares and 1 row of 2 squares. (You'll notice I made the fronts to match one another, but you don't need to do this).

Stitch your squares together right sides facing in horizontal rows and then join the rows together as per the layout in the photo above. Stitch the shoulders and sides right side facing. Now complete a row of dc in main colour round each armhole. Now complete 2 rows of dc in main colour around all outer edge. Press lightly with a cool iron on wrong side to complete.

I hope you find this pattern easy and useful, if you get stuck or would like to show me your waistcoat do email!  Why not go shopping in the yay retro! vintage shop now?

Special Degustabox Code this February, Plus Reviews from yay retro!

My February Degustabox just arrived and here is a sneaky peek along with a lovely special voucher code for you to get your first box for just £7.99 - a £5 saving! 

Special Degustabox Code from yay retro!

You can sign up for your Degustabox and like me, receive lots of surprise foods and treats to try each month. These are delivered to your door in a lovely cheery box! Use the special yay retro! Degustabox voucher code WBWEO to get £5 off your first box - you’ll pay just £7.99! (The normal price is £12.99 per month, and the items inside will always be worth more than this amount.)  

See inside the February Degustabox below!

What’s in February’s Degustabox?

There's loads of sweet and savoury's an overview - I'll be reviewing each product in full later on so come back to read these later in the month:

1. True Nopal Cactus Water drink  - wow! interesting!
2.  2 Bags of The Protein Ball Co. Cherry & Almond sweets 
3. Emily Apple Crisps
4. Tootsie Roll Midgee sweets
5. Indie Bay Snacks Pretzel Bites
6. 2 Bags Haribo Fruitilicius 30% less sugar sweets
7. KitKat Chunky new York Cheesecake Flavour
8. Dr Karg's Oraganic Emmental Cheese & Pumpkin Seed Crispbreads
9. Primrose's Kitchen Raw Beetroot & Ginger Muesli is The Product of the Month and very exciting it looks too - I adore cereals!

I'm Sue and I run the yay retro! online vintage shop, which sells vintage home and cookwares from the 1940s, 50s, 60s & 70s. I'm into cooking and eating, fun and surprises! So the Degustabox monthly food subscription is the perfect monthly treat for me! Note after initially subscribing, I am now sent Degustabox to honestly review each month. 

February’s Degustabox Reviews by yay retro! 

Here are all of my reviews for this months products, I have tried to be as honest as possible and have already been back to the shops to buy the Dr Karg's Crispbread and am on the look out for the Protein Ball Co's Cherry & Almond balls!

Dr Karg's Emmental Cheese & Pumpkin Seed Crispbread

I've had one of these for the past two days for lunch alongside salad, olives and fruit. They are so amazingly tasty I've not needed any butter or topping of any kind! Absolutely delicious, these are a very thick, firm, hard biscuit consistency. They are very cheesey and have a real 'feel good' flavour to them. Full of wholegrain fibre & seeds, these are a must-have buy for me from now onwards. Each crispbread is 122 calories, so like having 2 slices of bread. (shown on stunning 1960/70s Pyrex from yay retro!)

Haribo Fruitilicious

These gummy sweets are fruit shaped and come in lots of lovely colours making them extra appealing. What I liked about them is that they have 30 percent less sugar than the regular Haribo.  I thought they tasted much the same as the originals so they would be the option I'd go for when buying them as a treat for my grandchildren. They come in at around 70 calories per 25gm.

truenopal Cactus Water

I must admit I left this until last to try out of this month's Degustabox, I generally don't drink fruit juices or squash being a tea and beer kind of person! So I was naturally surprised by how much I liked this product. This is a  great refreshing and calming drink made from the juice of the prickly pear cactus of all things. It tastes fruity, kind of like a mix of summer berries. It's low on sweetness which is brilliant, in the entire 1 ltr carton there is only 88 calories making a super drink for those who like to keep an eye on such things. I would recommend to anyone who is into fruit juices.

The Protein Ball Co. Cherry & Almond

This was actually the first thing I tried in the box as I wanted a treat, and they looked interesting. It seems like having a protein rich diet is all the rage of late, and I have to say being a vegetarian I have definitely not been eating enough of it in the past few years. So I am making a big effort to increase my intake.  These yummy little balls are totally scrummy!  They are made of almonds, dates, cashews, egg white powder, sultanas, fruit juice and cherries.  They taste really cherryish - one of my all time favourite flavours, and again feel like they are doing you good. At 157 calories per bag these are equivalent to eating a yogurt, yet fill you up much more and for much longer. Fantastic! (There were 6 in the pack - you'll notice I was eating one whilst taking the pic!) I am now keenly on the look out to buy more! (shown on adorable 1960/70s Figgjo Flint Norway plate from yay retro!)

Primrose's Kitchen Raw Beetroot and Ginger Muesli

I was really excited to give this a try as I adore cereal, especially oat based ones. This unusual muesli is pink as it is made with beetroot and tastes very strongly of ginger.  For me the ginger was way too strong and fizzy on my tongue, so that I actually couldn't eat more than a couple of mouthfuls. This was a real shame as I could see this was a great product made from wholesome ingredients. A 'no' for me, but if you love fresh ginger in a big way then do give it a try.

Tootsie Roll Midgee Sweets

I liked the retro styled wax paper wrapped sweets. They were soft and chewy and I thought they would be chocolately, however they were a very unique unusual flavour, sort of very lightly tasting of fudge with a touch of cocoa. 6 of these come to 140 calories.

Emily Fruit Crisps - Crunchy Red Apple

This is a small snack size pack of apple crisps, these appear to be dehydrated apple slices coated in a sugary salty mix, though the ingredients just list apple and sustainable palm oil, so it must be part of the manufacturing process that gives them this feel. At 62 calories a 15gm pack (414 calories per 100 gm), these are high in calories when you consider a regular fresh apple is only 95 calories and weighs nearly 200 gms. They count as one of your 5 a day and  would fit neatly into your lunch box. Personally I'm afraid I didn't enjoy them preferring a fresh apple.

Indie Bay Snacks Pretzel Bites

I had the Sunflower flavour and they were little Pretzel balls. They are baked treats made from Spelt flour with sunflower, sesame and poppy seeds as such they are high in fibre and are a source of protein which is good for vegans to snack on too. For me they tasted absolutely wonderful, I just love natural tasting foods like this. Though my husband thought they were boring - great more for me!  These come in at 106 calories for a 26 gm serving which is around about the same as a packet of crisps. (I've shown them in a Woods Beryl war time bowl from the yay retro! shop)

Kitkat Chunky New York Cheesecake Flavour

This was a different twist on regular Kitkat. There was an extra layer of cheesecake flavoured filling at the top. We found it overly sweet with a not too nice twang. Much prefer regular Kitkats which are yummy!

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January 2018 Degustabox Foodie review by yay retro!

Hi I'm Sue and I run the yay retro! online vintage shop. I am really lucky to be involved with reviewing the lovely food boxes from Degustabox each month, so here goes for January 2018!  Degustabox is a monthly subscription where you get from 10 to 15 surprise foods to try, it's a great way to expand your food repertoire and in the 6 months I've been getting them, we've added lots of new foods and brands to our shopping list.
See below for a special Degustabox voucher code, especially for yay retro! blog readers to join in the fun and surprises get money off your first box.

This box was full of protein rich foods as well as some diet ideas to try.  I am aiming to add more protein to my diet and will try to cut back on the carbs this year, so this couldn't have come at a better time.

Jordans Juicy Red Berry Fruisli Bar

This was the first thing I ate when I opened the box. I love to have light lunches which are packed full of goodness, so instead of having some bread or crackers with my cheese and celery I had a Fruisli bar. At just over 118 calories per bar these are a healthy treat which are packed full of zingy bright tasting fruits. This is definitely something I am going to start buying. These are made from oats, cranberries, strawberries, blueberries and raisins and so have lots of vitamins and fibre inside - great! 

Explore Cuisine Organic Edamame & Mung Bean Fettucine

We dived into this box of protein rich Fettucine the same evening our Degustabox arrived. What a great idea for vegetarians this is - an easy way to ensure you're getting your protein is to swop this for regular pasta as it is made from beans. It has a nice texture and a jolly green colour, and when cooked you are hard pushed to know this isn't regular pasta, though it does have more of a chewiness to it. I made up a recipe for the sauce which worked well using mushrooms, pepper, onion and it is if you wish to give it a try:

To serve 2:
Chop and Fry small green pepper and a chopped onion with garlic and chilli
Then add 4 quartered field mushrooms
Season with S&P to taste
When soft and golden add a tin of chopped tomatoes and a tablespoon of tomato puree
Simmer until cooked through and serve with some soft cheese as a topping

Hersheys Cookies N Creme Snack Pack

These are completely delicious small treats of white chocolate with cookie pieces in them. They are very sweet, and so give you a massive rush - very more-ish. We ate the whole pack in minutes between us. High calorie, so an absolute treat for us and perhaps we would buy instead of a box of chocolates.

Pulsin Vanilla Choc Protein Booster

I really like Pulsin products having tried them in previous Degustaboxes. This one is a small chunky block of fudge, which tastes of peanut butter and had that kind of consistency. Really lovely and you feel like it's doing you goof. Being protein packed it kept me full for ages. It's vegan, dairy, soya and gluten free, and has no added sugar. At 230 calories per bar you may want to use this as a sandwich substitute over a lunchtime or something. It's high in fibre and gas 13gm of plant based protein in it in the form of almonds, cashews and peas. I liked this a lot however my husband didn’t like texture and consistency. 

Mahtay Yerba Mate Sparkling Tea

This is a nice alternative to a cup of tea, and would be great on a summers day or as a treat when not drinking at a party. Nice and refreshing, it had a zing to it and I found that coconut was the main flavour after a few mouthfuls. It's made with coconut water along with acai berries.

Mallow & Marsh Coconut Marhsmallow Bar

This is a large squidgey chunk of marshmallow smothered in dessicated coconut. It melts in your mouth and would be super dunked into a hot chocolate! These bars are handmade and come in at under a 100 calories each - yumtastic for all those crazy about marshmallow!

Wild Planet Albacore Wild Tuna Steaks 

This is the second time Degustabox have included this brand of tuna in their boxes, and I was thrilled to receive it again. This is the most stunning tasting tuna ever. I am not a fish lover but I do make myself eat it as much as possible as I know how healthy it is. We have actually bought a huge box of this direct from Wild Planet online to keep in our larder as it is stand out amazing! Not only does it taste different to other canned tuna fish, it is line caught and as such is ranked #1 by Greenpeace for sustainability.  

Clipper Everyday Tea with 50p off Coupon

This was a lovely sample size box of 10 teabags. It's an organic tea in a non-bleached teabag. Nice taste, though I actually prefer a stronger and cheaper tea.

Latin American Kitchen by Santa Maria Chipotle Mayo Topping

This has a very unusual hot, smoky, spicy flavour and it could be used on wraps or even your every day salads and sandwiches. It wasn't for me as it was a tad too quirky.

Santa Maria American Kitchen Columbian Crunchy Chicken Bites Seasoned Corn Coating

We used this tasty coating on Quorn Fillets. I defrosted them and cut them into chunks. Then in a box coated them in oil and then with the coating and baked until cooked through. We liked them and had them with refried bean and vegetable wraps. The coating was delicious, but was very salty so a treat rather than a regular thing I think.

LighterLife Fast Ready to Drink Shakes x 2

These shakes are part of the diet range from Superdrug. The idea is you replace your meals with 4 of these shakes two days a week on what they call their Fast plan diet. They can also be used as a protein hit if you are not into dieting.  This tastes very sweet and has a certain feel and taste to it. Not really my thing, but I can see it may also be good to build people up after a bout of flu etc.

Pulsin Vanilla Whey Protein Powder

This is a vanilla flavoured whey protein powder which is high in protein and calcium, it's vegetarian and low in fat with no added sugar. The idea is that you add it to milk or water to create a healthy shake. Come back soon to see what I thought.

Robinsons Fruit Cordial

I got the Raspberry, Rhubarb & Orange Blossom flavour. It is more syrupy than regular squashes and tastes posh and different. It has quite a nice perfumey aroma and feels like a treat - made from real fruit, this is a nice alternative to heavy fruit juices at your dinner table.

Try Degustabox with yay retro! and get money off your first box!

Why not join in the fun on the Degustabox website here, then you too will receive a marvellous surprise box of foodie treats!  Use the special yay retro! code WBWEO to get £5 off your first box - you’ll pay just £7.99 instead of £12.99! Pop in to the yay retro! shop for a lovely vintage browse now

yay retro! Taste Testing November Degustabox & Voucher Code

Hi I'm Sue and I'm delighted to have been invited to taste test the November 2017 Degustabox!  A bit about me to set the context....I run yay retro! an online vintage shop selling vintage home and cookwares from the 1940s, 50s, 60s & 70s. I'm Vegetarian and mad on cooking and eating. I love low calorie recipes as well as lots of daily treats! Degustabox is a monthly food subscription box.  You get loads of yummy foods and treats delivered direct to your home to try, all wrapped up in a happy box! See below for a Degustabox voucher code to get money off your first box.

Here are yay retro!'s taste test reviews (positive and negative) for November's Degustabox:

Filippo Berio Fennel & Garlic Crostini*

I would never have bought these, but they will now be a regular on my shopping list! It just so happened that as my Degustabox arrived I was making a Minestrone Casserole, so we immediately opened them and sprinkled them on the top. The fennel flavouring really came through which and livened up our dinnertime.  Another reason I would buy again is that it added bite to our meal and as vegetarian’s this is simply great! They have 30% less fat and are baked not fried - yay to these crostini!

Here’s the Minestrone Casserole Recipe I used: 

In a large pan, drizzle some olive oil then fry an large chopped onion, half a celery sliced into chunks, 4 sliced carrots, 1 sweet red pepper sliced, 1 crushed garlic clove. When golden add a tin of chopped tomatoes, 2 tablespoons tomato puree, about ¾ pint of water  to cover everything and a vegetable stock cube. Bring to boil, add 75 gm of small pasta such as orzo or Conchigliette. Cover and reduce o a simmer until carrots cooked through. Now add a 400gm can of butter beans, salt & pepper to taste. Delicious and very easy!

Cadbury’s Picnic Bites

This was one of the first things we tried and shared the bag between us.  We love Cadbury’s chocolate and with wafer, caramel, peanuts and raisins inside what’s not to love? We ate them too fast and could easily have eaten another pack in one sitting, making me think it might be more cost effective for us to buy Picnic bars? PS: peanuts and raisins are perfect for vegetarians to get their protein and iron levels up so that's the perfect excuse to have them again!

Propercorn Perfectly Sweet Popcorn

This Fairtrade popcorn is completely delicious with just the right amount of sweetness.  At only 130 calories per bag and full of fibre, this is a treat you don’t really need to worry about. Completely delicious and one of my favourite brands of popcorn. I had mine for lunch instead of bread or crackers.

Filippo Berio Pesto*

I’ve never bought Pesto before?! I know - mad eh? I pan fried some broccoli and sun dried tomatoes, boiled up some pasta and stirred through about 2-3 tablespoons of Pesto. It made for a really delicious meal. A handy thing to have in the cupboard/fridge for a quick weeknight meal.


This is one of the things in the Degustabox which I initially thought 'oo-er'....I would never have bought or tried this without it's being sent to me. Well, what a happy surprise!!! It's completely delicious! This aloe vera based drink is flavoured with Cantaloupe Melon and it has actual pieces of melon in it - I LOVE melon!!! Apparently Aloe Vera drinks are complementary to Asian foods. I just had it first thing in the morning, straight out of the fridge. It was calming, not overly sweet and completely luscious. Would look for this again, I wonder if it would also work in cocktails? I thinking yes!

The Jelly Bean Factory Super Sour’s

Again, I’ve never bought Jelly Beans before, so another interesting try for me. They were absolutely gorgeous! I didn’t find them overly sour, just packed full of interesting flavours. They were really impactful on your tongue and I would definitely look for these again! My husband loved the coca cola ones and since they were my least favourite I picked all those out just for him - that's how nice I am!

Ryvita Multigrain Rye Cakes

We tried these over a late night supper of cheese, grapes and the chutney we also got in this month's Degustabox . I often eat rice cakes so was keen to give these a munch.  I absolutely loved them, there's definitely a hint of the normal Ryvita taste, but it's milder than found in the regular cracker. The cheese brought the cracker's flavours out more than just eating them on their own. What I love is that they are only 23 calories are very high in fibre and offer a really satisfying crunch and taste and I will definitely be buying them again. Looking for a Poole Pottery cheese dish like mine? Pop in to yay retro! and search 'cheese' now! 

The English Provender Co’s Caramelised Red Onion Chutney

This is the perfect item for Christmas Festivities so I can see why it was added into this months box. We had it with the above meal by the fire. We both found it very strong, sweet, rich and a bit too 'heavy' for our tastes.  So we shall be donating this one to our son who loves chutneys!

Planters Fruity Chocolate Crunch

We eat a lot of Planters Dry Roasted and Salted Peanuts.  This version has unsalted peanuts with small chocolate buttons, plump cranberries and juicy raisins. All very Christmasssy. I liked them, but I really do prefer my peanuts salted. It would have been superb to have a salty and sweet mix; then they would have been must-buy thing in the future, but as they aren't I won’t be looking to buy again as they just didn’t zing enough for me personally. Am sure others would like very much as the quality of the ingredients was great.

Taylors of Harrogate Cacao Superior Columbia Coffee

My husband is the Coffee Aficionado in the house, so he gave this a try at work with his cafetiere. It smelt gorgeously chocolatey when he made it, infusing the office with warm exciting aromas. Based on this I would thoroughly recommend! How about putting a pot on to brew when you’re selling your home and have a viewing?! Anyhow, he liked it very much.

Kallo Organic Stock Pots Chicken

I use the vegetable Kallo stock pots all the time. They are neat little pots of reduced, high flavour ingredients which can easily be popped into stews, casseroles and soups. I like the way they melt easily and look to be full of actual real foods rather than fake looking flavouring.  I won’t use the chicken I received as I am vegetarian, but am sure it is as great as the vegetable ones.

Dalston’ Fizzy Apple

I never buy fruit juices and would never have thought to pick this up, so I am very glad I had this to try. I will definitely be looking out for this product again. It is full of flavour, not too sweet and not too fizzy.  It's actually the perfect taste combination for me and I would highly recommend. I can imagine choosing this instead of an alcoholic drink when out in the evening too. As you can see I drank it all before taking the photo - that's how nice it was!

Weetabix Additions Apple & Raisin

We tried this for Supper. I personally found the apple taste to be unrealistic and perfumey and the raisins to hard. I love Weetabix and will stick with Weetabix original.

Rio Mare Tuna in Olive Oil*

Lovely and rich, ideal for jacket potatoes or Tuna Mayonnaise sandwiches. Pole & line caught this is the number 1 tuna brand in Italy, so a worthy addition to the Degustabox. (Shown on a vintage Arabia Finland fish platter from the yay retro! vintage shop.)

Try Degustabox with yay retro! and get money off your first box!

Why not join in the fun on the Degustabox website here, then you too will receive a marvellous surprise box of foodie treats!  Use the special yay retro! Degustabox voucher code WBWEO to get £7 off your first box - you’ll pay just £5.99 instead of £12.99! 

Pop in to the yay retro! shop for a lovely vintage browse now!

*Note: in the November Degustabox people either received Filippo Berio Crostinis, Pesto sauce or Rio Mare Tuna.
#Another Note, as a previous subscriber to Degustabox I am delighted to have been gifted this box and invited to blog my reviews of each product. Reviews given are honest and balanced.

Quick Pasta in Peanut Sauce Recipe!

Last night I wanted to use up lots of mushrooms and some spring onions I had left in the fridge. I came up with a yummy Peanut sauce to go over the vegetables and pasta. Here's the recipe:

Quick Pasta in Peanut Sauce Recipe for 2 People

For the sauce
1 heaped tablespoon peanut butter
good slosh of Dark Soy sauce - around 2 dessertspoons
about 1/8 pint boiling water
Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Freshly Ground Sea Salt
Mix together

75 gram of pasta spirals per person

fresh ginger
chilli infused oil
Button mushrooms (I used 2 small packs)
Bunch spring onions cut into chunks
1 sweet red pepper sliced
few sticks of celery sliced
(or other vegetables you like)

Ground cashew or peanuts to sprinkle on the top if liked

Set the pasta to boil.  Then gently fry all of the vegetables in a pan. In a jug mix the ingredients for the sauce. When the vegetables are golden pour over the sauce and fry off until it has reduced and coats all the veg nicely. When the pasta is cooked, drain off and stir into the pan with the vegetables and sauce. Serve in a serving dish or the pan itself, so people can take as much as they'd like and sprinkle with the nuts if using. Why not pop into yay retro! now to find yourself some vintage cookware from the 1960s/ 70s?

Quick Easy Low Cal Quiche Recipe

Here's my very much loved cookery book - The New of Art of Cooking published by Stork margarine in the 1970s. Everyone taking my O Level cookery course between 1976-1978 at my school had to have a copy and we all seemed to get our recipes for our exam from the book.  In the past 40 years this has been my number one cookery book and I know many of the page numbers of my favourite recipes by heart. This doesn't stop me from adapting the recipes to suit what's in my cupboard and the low fat diet I like to follow however, so I tend to use it as a guide more than anything.

Tonight we are having a Quick Easy Low Cal Quiche, which basically means it's a quiche without any pastry. yay! so much easier, speedier and also lighter on the tum (especially with my dreadful pastry making!) Here's the recipe for you to give it a go, it's brill with new potatoes, salad or any kind of grain. We've got a barley, apple and nut salad to go with this tonight.

Low Cal Quiche Recipe:

1 small onion chopped finely
1 sweet red pepper sliced (I like the Palermo Sweet Pointed Peppers from Morrisons)
Bowl or small punnet of regular mushrooms
Dash of chilli oil or use fry light spray
1/4 pint red top milk (you can use any milk, even single cream if you fancied upping the calories)
2 medium eggs
2oz Feta crumbled or Low fat Cheddar Cheese grated or a mix of both (or other cheese of your choice)
Fresh Herbs (I used dill) to your taste
Salt & Pepper

7 inch greased and lined flan dish set on a baking tray (in case of spills)

1. Fry the onion, pepper and mushrooms in the oil / spray until soft and golden (if using Fry Light you may need to add a bit of water to cook the vegetables right through, letting this cook off thoroughly)
2. In a bowl beat together the eggs and the milk, add the salt & pepper, the chopped or milled herbs and the cheese
3. Pop the veg in your flan dish, pour over the milk & cheese mixture, then bake at 190c until golden brown and set (check with a knife to see if it is set in the middle).
4. Can be eaten hot of cold

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Moist, Chewy Almond Loaf Cake Recipe

Here's a wonderful recipe which I've just tried out for an Almond Loaf Cake. I am sure you will love this moist, chewy cake. It's the perfect way to get almonds into your diet. Almonds are valued for being a source of magnesium, vitamin E, good unsaturated fatty acids and also they are high in protein. Some health professionals even say almonds can reduce heart disease as the fats in them are similar to those found in olive oil. 

Whatever, this is a truly yummy 'grown up' cake and worth cooking up as it is terrifically easy!  See below for the recipe and instructions...

Moist, Chewy Almond Loaf Cake Recipe:

175gm/5oz Half Spoon Sugar (or the real deal up to you)
1 tbspn Soft Brown Sugar
150gm/5oz Clover Light Spread (or normal margarine up to you)
2 medium eggs
1/2 to 1 tspn Almond Essence ( to your taste)
3 tbspn Milk
125gm/ 4.5oz Self Raising Flour
1.5 tspn Baking Powder
Few grinds of Sea Salt
150gm/5oz Ground Almonds (Or make your own as I did by putting flaked almonds in a food processor - this makes for a more satisfying, chewier bite)

Oven Temp 175c   /  325f  Baking Time 45 minutes

1. Grease & line a 1lb Loaf Tin
2. Cream the Clover (margarine) and sugar together until light and fluffy with a hand held mixer
3. Beat in the eggs one at a time
4. Stir in the almond essence and milk
4a. If using Flaked almonds, put them through your blender first to create a fine mix
5. Now add half the almonds, half the flour and the baking powder and whisk
6. Then add the rest of the almonds and flour and whisk again to a soft dropping consistency
7. Spoon into your baking tin
8. Bake for 45 minutes until golden brown and cooked through (check with a knife, if it comes out clean it's done)
9. Allow to cool and serve on a vintage cake plate as a cake or in a sundae dish as a dessert with custard and cream
10. Once cool, store in an airtight container and this should remain moist for several days

Why not pop in to yay retro! now and take a look at the wonderful vintage cake plates we have for sale? These include Royal Tudorware, Washington Potteries, Empire, Staffordshire Potteries and many more.

Light as Air Ginger and Date Cake

I recently bought a copy of The Victory Cookbook which is full of nostalgic food and facts from 1940 - 1954. In it Maguerite Patten has provided recipes which would have been regularly baked during this time when rationing was in full swing and a waste not want not approach was imperative.  I simply cannot throw food away and I am always keen to eat healthy, low calorie, home cooked foods so this book was a great purchase.  At the weekend I decided to use up some dates left over from Christmas and tried the Ginger and Date cake recipe. I was very doubtful about how much we'd enjoy it as we are not big lovers of dates, also as usual with me I altered the recipe to a much lower calorie version, the result was a fantastic cake, which was light as air and totally scrummy.

Here's my updated Light as Air Ginger and Date Cake Recipe, why not give it a try?:
7oz Self Raising Flour
1 teaspoon Bicarbonate of Soda
1-2 teaspoons of ginger (depending on taste)

2oz Clover Light spread
2 tablespoons of golden syrup
2 teaspoons of Half Spoon Sugar

3 oz chopped dates
1 egg
3 tablespoons of skimmed milk
Water if needed 

Line a small baking tin approx 7 x 4 inches with greased proof paper.  

Sift the dry ingredients into a bowl.
In a Saucepan melt the Clover Light with the syrup, and sugar over a low heat, then put to one side to cool down. 
Stir the chopped dates into the pan and coat them in the mixture, then pop everything in the pan into the dry ingredients with the egg.

Don't wash up the pan....warm the milk in it and then add to the mixing bowl of ingredients.

Now using an electric whisk mix everything together - this will also help to break down the dates into smaller pieces. If you need to make the mixture a little less sticky add a little warm water, you want a medium weight mix. You'll notice there will be a chemical reaction with the bicarb and the warm milk making it quite elastic.

Pop into the baking tin and bake at 180c (fan) for about 30 mins, check it's baked by inserting a skewer, if it comes out clean it's done.  We found this was light and delicious and lasted for 3 days. You could also serve with custard.
Serve your cake on a vintage plate for full effect, why not invest in a lovely cake server too? All pictured items and more are available in the yay retro! online vintage shop here, why not pop in?

Recipe for Quick Pineapple, Pecan and Maple Syrup Crumble

I love making up recipes which are healthy and fast to cook and prepare! Here's one I made which works brilliantly well....Serves 4

Recipe for Quick Pineapple, Pecan and Maple Syrup Crumble

1. Microwave this in a lidded dish until cooked and soft set to one side.
1 pineapple cut into small chunks
sugar or half spoon sugar to taste

2. Put all the ingredients below in a microwaveable bowl, blast on high, stopping every minute or so to stir. It's done when it looks relatively crispy
2 slices of bread grated or put through a blender to breadcrumbs ***
handful of Pecan nuts broken into small pieces
Couple of handfuls of oats
3 teaspoons of clover light or any other butter/spread
a big splurge of maple syrup - 1 to 2 tbspns.

3. Chuck the topping over the fruit and if you would like it warm microwave (with lid off) just before serving.
Serve with custard, cream, 0% yogurt or spray cream!

Perfect for Vintage Lidded Pyrex Dishes and Mixing Bowls!
***(this can be the ends of a loaf of bread and they can be stale! Why not prepare a load of breadcrumbs from loaf crust ends and freeze them for future crumbles? Never waste any bread again!)

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