MILK. LEMONADE. Oh yes, you heard me.

Who knew that two such innocent little words could summon so much horror together? And yet, here we are. This is another happy creation from the circus of horrors that is the 1929 Selfridge’s Household Encyclopaedia. Yes, we all know the saying: when life gives you lemons… demand milk as well. And sherry, because sherry […]

Bonkers Salad

“One cannot help wondering if an English salad is the result of ignorance or the aim of a curiously perverted taste.” (X Marcel Boulestin, Simple French Cooking for English Homes, 1923) It’s sunny again, I thought, I’ll go and find a nice salad recipe from 1948’s The Hostess Book. While the advice is often comically dated (you […]

Knobs and Knockers

Settle down please, I’ll have none of that. This is a sensible guide to cleaning your brass door furniture (a ludicrously brilliant term).   “When cleaning brass knobs or door-knockers, protect the paint by a piece of cupboard, out of which a hole has been cut just large enough to allow the brass edges to […]

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