Go to any UK Sunday Boot Sale, and you're bound to see one of these on sale, probably for 50p.
They are as common as glass Lemon Squeezers, or unused Pasta machines.
If you don't know what it's for, please have a guess.
If you DO know what it's for, please don't divulge, as it would spoil the fun.
It looks like the one I grew up with. I make do with an old cup.ReplyDelete
It's exactly the same as the one we always had at home. I've only known one model.Delete
I have something similar made of porcelain, inherited from my German grandmother.ReplyDelete
I wonder whether its intended use was the same?Delete
Yep, ours (mine too) was/is porcelain. I still use it occasionally.ReplyDelete
Obviously a far superior family to ours; ours is bog-standard moulded glass.Delete
Vinaigrette bowl? But you would hardly have grown up with that. Mint sauce?ReplyDelete
Sorry about the olive recipe . You asked me a year ago to ask vaso. I shall do so today.
You are right; Mint Sauce. Such an iconic object from British life. That little 'boat' of freshly made mint sauce to accompany the Sunday 'gigot'.Delete
My mother would always send me to the bottom of the garden to fetch the mint, and I would always return with nettles, or dandelions, or cabbage leaves; always concealing the actual mint behind my back. It was our regular family joke!
Those are the memories happy childhood's are made of, Cro. Makes me quite nostalgic. I "sold" my mother parsley and other bounty over the kitchen's window sill - from my own little plot to her pot in one minute flat. You can't get fresher than that.Delete
I never thought of selling the nettles; probably due to my lack of entrepreneurial drive.Delete
Oh you got a new follower who seems to love you. Is this what you call in English "kiss the arse " ? Wonderful Ursula no more bitchontheblog. !Delete
Oh, Chloe, sometimes you can be so astute only to let yourself down again and again and again ...Delete
I am not a "new follower". I don't subscribe to any blog but will read (and comment on) those that capture my interest. Cro's does, despite the fact that we don't always see eye to eye. Seeing eye to eye on all counts is not what communication, connecting with someone is about.
You should know me well enough by now that I don't "kiss arse". Not Cro's, not yours, not anyone's.
As to "NO more bitch on the blog". Yes, I haven't been blogging for the last two months. Does pay, occasionally, to regroup, rethink, repackage.
Leaving aside that my blog was never about "bitching", when will YOUR Phoenix rise from the ashes?
I have never seen a glass one. We had, and I now have it, a green mint leaf design one. I think it has been seen on my blog photographs sometimes as it is in regular use. It comes from one of the Stoke potteries.ReplyDelete
I remember you mentioning it. The glass ones were very much mass-produced for the hoi-polloi, but I love them; much as I do cheap glass Lemon juicers.Delete
And I thought it was to sip absinthe while sporting a handlebar moustache.ReplyDelete
That is a secondary use, for exported models only!Delete
ohhhhhh I have a bottle of Absinthe but no handlebar mustache ! bummerDelete
cheers, parsnip and badger
I daren't buy Absinthe; I satisfy myself with Ricard.Delete
I use a glass lemon squeezer....it must have been my Mum's ! Didn't know what your little jug was, though I love mint sauce.ReplyDelete
It doesn't hold very much. We must have deprived ourselves. Our lemon juicer is in use almost daily.Delete
In search of Brownie points I hope it won't go unnoticed that I didn't say a word - waiting for Rachel to pipe up first.ReplyDelete
I may remember this incorrectly but do have an image of my long dead (and beloved) English mother-in-law serving mint sauce in a small silver bowl with a tiny silver spoon. Does that make sense or is my memory playing games?
No, it just makes you very upper class; we poor peasants had to make do with glass.Delete
By the way; do vinegar and silver mix?Delete
Funny you should mention that; ever since this morning same question has been lurking in the back of my mind. Mind you, vinegar (with bicarb of soda) is used to clean silver; mint sauce therefore, maybe, doing double duty.Delete
Have you ever eaten a boiled egg with a silver spoon? It's awful.
Stainless steel greetings,
We always had carved bone egg spoons. My sons even have sets of them.Delete
Are they just a Scottish peasant thing?
I have a special small bone mustard spoon.Delete
We had a glass o e when we were young ..... my mums mint sauce went in it. We also had a matching celery vase ! XXXXReplyDelete
I had two Sunday jobs when I was small; making mint sauce if we were having lamb, or mixing the mustard if it was beef. I loved doing both, and soon became quite skilled.Delete
I do have a vague memory of it at my grandmothers. But I would have said a gravy boat.ReplyDelete
Much too small, it's about 5 ins long from tip to tip; almost too small for mint sauce.Delete
Too late.... it's a MINT sauce boat.Delete
Straight from basis mouth.ReplyDelete
Dissolve 1 dessertspoon of salt and just a little more on the tip of a spoon in one and a half litres of water. If you're putting the olives in a plastic water bottle fill it right up to the top or put a layer of olive oil on top. They should be fine for all the winter . Leave for a month before eating. They might fizz as you open the bottle. That's normal. Just be careful you don't get sprayed. They will eventually after opening get a scum on top. That's normal too. Wash and eat.
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Thanks so much for that. I have to start the salting on Saturday, so that's perfect timing. Please thank Vaso from me!Delete
I can remember making mint sauce as a child for the Sunday roast but can't recall what it was served in. I don't think it was a pretty glass sauce boat.ReplyDelete
I expect our parents gave us the task to keep us quiet. It also gave us a sense of achievement.Delete
I like the pattern on it, it is like a pineappleReplyDelete
It's a lovely little object; very satisfying.Delete
Gravy Boat is my guessReplyDelete