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Friday, 1 May 2009

Meals And Recipes


118 comments:

tags said...

For starters Calamari then Left over Tilapia, in wine sauce, Linguini in olive oil, Portobello mushrooms, tomatoes, spinach. Followed by Creme Brule and washed down with a bottle Tuscan Sangiovese red wine.
Yum, Yum.

Anonymous said...

That really sounds yukish to me Tags,having a wine sauce,then having more wine to finish it off,Im afraid all wine taste the same to me ,like vinegar.My daughter once cooked a meal in a wine sauce,never again!,but Im glad you enjoyed it,me Im an egg and bacon enjoyer.

georgek said...

Sorry folks,sir georgek was the last commenter

yvonneh said...

Me too George, Steak and Kidney pud, meat pie, any fish, egg, bacon mushrooms, sausages and fried bread, hang on I am just going to put the pan on----------------------------- that was delicious, I will take the creme brule tags but you can keep the wine, linguini I like as I do risotto but I do like good english food from the past.

tags said...

Today escargot followed by ...Aylesbury Duck, new potatoes, with parsley and butter, parsnip, and scarlet runners.
A pint of Dortmunder lager beer, and a piece of a raspberry tart and custard.

Grace said...

Have,nt time to do a Banquet been cutting lawns tidying borders bath ,wash hair then it will be Lamb chops and veg apple turnover and cream but it will go down well then feet up with a romantic book And that,s a lazy day.

Johnb said...

Hi Grace, sounds like you are having nice weather, those lamb chops sound tasty, can you tell us all what the book is that are reading?

Val B said...

Just about to go and get the joint in. Roast Beef, yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, cauliflower, runner beans, cabbage and marrow, followed by strawberries and cream.
BUT--- I like all types of cuisine, Indian, Chinese, Thai, Italian, French, Yankee stuff too!

JohnB said...

I agree Val,
Variety is the spice of life, but I do miss my Sunday roast and Yorkshire Pud and Family Favorites on the radio.

jim davis said...

One meal I remember with relish, Is the one I used to have in the Cosy Cafe opposite the Greenford Market. Oh s--t it make me feel old now, because it was 50 years or so ago. As you all know well there was little to do on a Sunday until the Granada opened at 4 p.m.. So for my group it was the pictures, and then Southall Community Centre for some rock & roll. In between we headed for the Cosy and had beans on toast. Thick cut crusty bread toasted to perfection, a generous coating of real butter, then the the baked beans tasting as though they had been fried in bacon fat, I have not tasted any like that since. Ah! yes a meal fit for a King, not very healthy perhaps but I am still here, at least I think I am.

Grace said...

Johnb The book i am reading is a war time love story he is tall ,dark ,and hansome ,they are both in the forces ,its one of those books that you would make you cry if it was a film,and say that was lovely only the girls cried never boys .i do love a bit of romance.hope this is the right page to reply on.

jim davis said...

Grace do not worry, the right place or the wrong place, is of no consequence as long as you enjoy reading and making comments. That goes for anyone else that might be put off, just get involved we all had to learn how to use this site. Believe me we all made mistakes, and if you need a helping hand between us we will be only too happy to oblige.

Grace said...

Jim Davis I take back all that i said your a lovely fellow [stated this with tounge in cheek]

tags said...

Confucias say...The way to a man's heart is through his stomach.
Just don't give him any baked beans for dinner.

jim davis said...

That is a coincidence Grace my tongue is still in my cheek. I'll get it out when I stop laughing.

tags said...

Oooops! talking of chops... I'd better go and cook ours.

yvonneh said...

Was that a menu Grace. Tongue in cheek sounds nice. I jelly tongue and cheeks delicious.
Tags am I invited the escargot sounds lovely and you cant get better than Aylesbury duck, except maybe Gressingham. |Can somebody tell me why you can get ducks legs and portions as you can chicken and turkey, but you cant buy the same in a goose. I have always wanted to try it but a whole one is too much.

tags said...

I'm not sure Yvonne but maybe because a Goose is usually served almost complete and purchased by a limited customer base except maybe at Christmas time.
Just a guess.

yvonneh said...

Logical answer Tags but they dont sell portions even at christmasAnyone else know the answer, Tom you used to work for the butcher, any ideas.

Tommy said...

All my years of cutting meat,you could not buy Goose cut in parts,there was never that much demand for the bird,here in the U.S we can buy breast of duck but very expensive.

yvonneh said...

Thanks Tom, perhaps if they did portions goose would be more popular. I thought in America you would have lots of duck, and all those people out their who have guns, do they not go duck hunting.

Eff said...

One Christmas I decided to give my family an traditional English dinner, and so I purchased a goose. It was a disaster...
The goose (which was really expensive) was nothing but fat and bone. After roasting it for a couple of hours in great anticipation we ended up throwing it down the garbage disposal.
Such a disappointment, and all because of the carols we sung as children and the Victorian stories we had read. Maybe an English 'Goose' has meat on it, unlike it's Yankee counterpart, or maybe that is where the saying "Silly Goose" came from.
Silly me, for trying it....never again!

yvonneh said...

ooooh eff. you've put me right off now. Brian and Pauline had goose every xmas they loved it. so I have always wanted to try it, I cook my yorkshires and roast potatoes in goose fat, you can buy it in jars or tins from the supermarket,the roast are lovely and crisp on the outside and fluffy in the middle. mmmmmm.

jim davis said...

A bit like me then.

tags said...

I imagine there are special ways to cook your goose as being a water bird it has fat breasts.
Or you could goose the cook instead.

bob stevens said...

Morrisons is the place to get cuts of meat we used to have.
Today I bought a pork shank £1.50 marvelous value,enough for 3 good dinners cooked slowly in a casserole with onion, shallot, celery,garlic and tomato,soy sauce and worcester sauce cook for about 2 hours at 150c and add potatoes for about 30 mins.
MMMMM Enjoy

georgek said...

I would Bob,except for the Garlic,yuk.Otherwise very nice

georgek said...

Today,we had 2 fish and chips,1chicken and chips.It cost £13.68 pence,we have to get a second morgage now,it used to be a cheap dinner when we were kids.2/6d would feed the family then,how do we OAPs manage!

tags said...

The missus is away...looks like it's sardines on toast or eggs 'n bacon or a menu of one of those microwaveable dinners and bottle of
cabernet sauvignon California 2003 for me. On second thoughts I may go out to eat at the nearest Hooters or something or order Pizza delivery and watch a movie.

Eff said...

Bob, we always marinate our steaks for at least 6 hours in soya sauce, powdered garlic, Worcestershire sauce and lots of pepper. Then put them on the hot barbecue grill. I like mine med rare, (pink and juicy) and Geo likes his med well.
yummy.
Yvonne, I think the British Goose must be a lot better than its American cousin. The Yankee one must be on a diet like most folk over here to make it all skin and bone!

tags said...

Now in Wisconsin...sadly the hunters in the hunting season at Lake Koshkonong shoot those poor little Ducks and Canadian (Buik) Geese as well as the deer. The ducks do taste a bit gamey though.
By the way I didn't really had Aylesbury Duck this week, the last time I had it was at the Checkers Golf Clubhouse restaurant in Bucks when I was a 13 year old caddy for my sister's boyfriend who had a few bob and could afford it, it was lovely though. I like my steaks like George likes 'em wife likes her's rare, grilled filet mignon, marinated in red wine and a spot of baslamic vinegar for me.
Now I've got a taste for some lobster or crab.

yvonneh said...

I am like you George NO Garlic.
I watch the tele cook programmes and the ammount of Garlic they use before (chucking) it in the oven. I find all these out of place words ridiculous. Particularly Jamie Oliver.
I also find the chippies too expensive these days so I buy fresh fish and cook it myself, it is hot and delicious with thin crispy batter, I bought some rock last week from tescos, cost £4 for two large peices so I bought the whole fish for £6-40p and it will do us 3 meals. the line caught boneless skinless boneless cod or haddock is also great. I love soused herring but I cant get it as Ken cannot see the bones. filleted plaice and lemon sole are also favourites. Eff, perhaps american ducks have got wise knowing that if they stay thin they wont be eaten, our ducks are tastier and yours more intelligent.

tags said...

Stop making my mouth water Yvonne...it's almost time for my elevensies...German light liverwurst on whole wheat buttered toast and a cup of coffee.
Mmmm..I would like some of that Haddock though.

yvonneh said...

I have decided to do bratwurst sausages and salad for lunch as it is a lovely day, and it reminds me of our holidays on the Rhine. Also tags your liverwurst made my mouth water. As long as it is free from garlic

jim davis said...

Oh! So you like a bit of sausage do you Yvonne?

yvonneh said...

Yep Jim, but depends who makes them, which do you prefer jim. Or does anyone reccomend a good meaty sausage without all the spice

jim davis said...

I'm not into a bit of sausage Yvonne, I'm a man's man I'll have you know.

jim davis said...

Phew! I got back in before Yvonne, Valb, Grace or Georgina. I obviously meant I am a Woman's man.

Grace said...

Jim Davis Your answer about sausage i read it that you are 50/50 man or woman what say you girls?

jim davis said...

Well Grace I am very sensitive, and I do have my female side. Of course that side of me is the bitchy side. The other side is perfect.

yvonneh said...

OOOOOOH JIMMEEEEEEEEEEE, slipped up there didnt you. Well done Grace we will trip him up a few more times yet, the truth is out and so is Jim teee heeee.

Val B said...

I like the Georgina reference Jim. Will he respond?

yvonneh said...

Yes Val, Who is Georgina? or does Jim know something we dont, perhaps it is Jims feminine side

Grace said...

I was wondering who Georgina was is she the girl of your dreams Jim? or just wishful thinking.

georgek said...

Jim,are you refering to me as Georgina,I know the Frenches in our block dressed me up as a girl,but really,you little bitch,you horrible little man,I hope your hair dye runs and your false eyelashes drop off.Oooooooooh,I will scweam.

Grace said...

Loved the reply georgek cant stop laughing ,cant wait for Jim,s reply wonderful;;;;;;.

yvonneh said...

George that was brilliant I bet thats shut him up, like you Grace I cant stop laughing. Keep them coming.

jim davis said...

Of course I am talking about you George. Dressing up in girls clothes that explains a lot of things. I thought when you was dressing up with the girls years ago they were being nasty to you. I didn't realize it was what you wanted. No wonder your feminine side keeps surfacing. If you have any photo's of that time send them to Tommy. I am sure he will publish them and. Oh yes! That was a very funny reply it is just sad that you meant It.

jim davis said...

I think I should say something for the benefit of anyone that is wondering. The banter that is going on is said just in fun, with no malice meant from anyone. Personally I will only wind up people I like. If I don't wind you up, I either don't know you or don't like you. Words can be mistaken sometimes but I don't think most of us on this site would be hurtful on purpose.

georgek said...

Im sorry Jim,I havn,t any photo,s when the Frenches dressed me up as a girl,I found the NBKs a weeny bit too small and things did,nt feel right.Everybody,Jim and I are bantering with each other,we like each other really!!the little bitch.

jim davis said...

George please don't bother to explain why they were too tight, I really am not interested in that. Anyway I would most likely not believe you, because I think I am ahead of you on this one.

georgek said...

James,Iv no intention of getting out measuring sticks,that we did in the underground camp by the brent,I lost then and no doupt Ill lose again but at my age I dont care as long as Joan is happy!!Im sorry to hear that Chrissy wont be at the reunion,I would have loved to see her again,any photos?

Grace said...

Jim can you explain what [ahead a on this one means]as i am nosey and would like to find out.

georgek said...

Come,Grace,your a woman of the world!!!!

georgek said...

Getting back to food,Im having steamed Cod with Parsley sauce,Jersey Royals,and peas,YumYum

jim davis said...

Grace most boys have a favorite toy they like to play with, and it was nothing more than that. Take care as well Grace, I think you have shocked your sister Beryl.

jim davis said...

Actually George I did not mean it the way you took it, but I guess you know that. I am so hurt all you lot having a go at me, I felt there was no alternative than to retire down to Cornwall. But only for a week, that is the good news, but the bad news for you lot is. I Will Be Back.

GRACE said...

Point taken fellers will clean up my act in future glad your off to cornwall before us Jim Beryl and I will be there in June,if she makes it after her comments about me.You are all lovely people because you are cuckooite,s PS I HOPE THIS FLATTERY GETS ME EVERY WHERE.

jim davis said...

Where about in Cornwall are you going Grace, I go to a place on the coast road, half way between Perranporth and St Agnes and they are 4 miles apart. I have got a 3 Bed house built to outside standards, and the only thing you have to take is your own towels. Gas and Electric is included in the price and the entertainment is brilliant. It has cost me £220 for the week. Of course it gets dearer when the kids are on school holidays but when you can go at other times the prices are very reasonable. If you ever want to have a look at the place let me know I will give you their email address.

yvonneh said...

I feel really envious, Cornwall is out of our range now, but we are of on our own military excercise to Hayling Island. We are going to Sinah Warren Warners hotels, Showaddywaddy is on. But it is easy for us to get back if we have any problems. The oxygen company lay on oxygen whilst he is there and the red x provide all the bits he needs. Anyway Jim, you and your wife have a really good time gonna really miss your chat

yvonneh said...

Grace you are very trying, but please dont change love your chat

jim davis said...

Back to the food, Cornish Pasties, Cornish Pilchards, Smoked Cornish Mackerel, and Cornish Clotted Cream Teas I will have most of them next week. Eat your heart out Yvonne.

yvonneh said...

hoink hoink Jim

jim davis said...

Not all at once of course, I referred to you because you seem to like old traditional English food Yvonne.

Grace said...

Jim hope you and your wife have a good holiday and the weather is kind to you,i am going to stay with Beryl for 3 weeks ,1 of those weeks we have booked a caravan in LOO ,its what you call a GIRLY holiday just us two should be quite fun,as you say plenty of cornish grub that week,not going until 3 weeks time.

jim davis said...

Grace I don't know if you have been to Looe before this trip. If you haven't it is a real nice town and you will enjoy it, there is loads of room for car parking, it has narrow old streets with plenty of shops, old Pubs, tea rooms, it has the lot. Only four miles from Looe is Polperro and that is one little harbour town you should not miss, it is picture postcard pretty.

Grace said...

No JIM only been there for a day that is our idea to tour some of cornwall [left the e off looe] chat when you get back.

yvonneh said...

Jim I love it I am just jealous, Enjoy yourselves.

jim davis said...

Thanks girls, I was going to say you should have a nice peaceful week whilst I am away. But George and Phil are still here, and what's more it seems Tommy has thrown his hat in the circle as well. So just behave yourselves, keep your head down, and get back in the Kitchen.

jim davis said...

Mind you it is hard to know who's side George is on sometimes. I think it happens each month, Post menstrual tension I do believe it is called.

yvonneh said...

Dont worry Jim, by the time you get back, we will be out of the kitchen and the boys in it, especially George as he is firm but fair, it has only been you leading him astray

jim davis said...

I thought one of you women would try to correct me on the post menstrual tension. But I don't suppose you realized, it is something us men had to put up with, after you lot had you pre menstrual tension. So you see, you were always moaning about it, but it affected us men as well.

Grace said...

Yvonneh Have,nt been to Hayling island since the late 40,s it must be a mamouth task for you booking a suitable place for you both.
Do you drive there? Its nice to have a break and a change i look forward to going to Beryl,s in Brixham since John died but we have been to Florida twice and will go again next year .when are you going? {wil bring you back a cornish pasty]

georgek said...

Shhhhhhhhh girls,has HE gone yet,I didnt know that one had to be on sides on this site,being a MAN, give me the girls side everytime,but please, no sugar in my tea,and butter on my toast, and can you hurry up before the football starts,and yes I do like my collars ironed.A whole week,how will we manage?

yvonneh said...

Hi Grace, yes we are driving, we have a zafira but as Ken has a broken hip he cannot get into it. So I got in touch with SAAFA as Ken was in the REME for 17 yrs they are paying for a car which takes a wheelchair passenger in his chair, so we can go, we used to go to Warners a lot, they are great holidays and they can cater for Ken and his disabilities, really looking forward to it, my daughter and son in law are coming so it will be a help for me, the problem is the baggage, I have to take all his leg dressings, tablets,he takes 17 in the morn and six at night apart from the pain killers. At least hie oxygen is provided there. It really is a break from the four walls for him.
Your holiday sounds lovely, particularly as you are going with Beryl, we go on the 29th- 1st

yvonneh said...

GEEEEEOORGE, stop sitting on the fence, the only sides we have is Jim versus the rest. and isnt it fun. Wheres Tags gone>? John come back all is forgiven.

Grace said...

Yvonneh you have a lot on your plate ,yet you are so cheefull. as you get older it cant be very easy for you.As you say this site keeps you sane or[insane when jim,s about] good luck to you all.

yvonneh said...

Thanks Grace for those kind words, I love the site, it gives me a bit of me time.You only have to look around and there are plenty worse off. Ken and I married 49 years ago this year in Ealing registry office and we have gone through lots but have always been there for each other. If the boot were on the other foot he would be caring for me. I am just glad that we used to travel all over the country by car and have lots of memories, so when people talk about their holidays I can visualise them. The only place we would love to see is the Eden project which is in Cornwall so if you visit it perhaps you can tell us what you thought of it. Dont tell Jim but i am missing him already.

Lynn Smith said...

Cornwall is obviously a popular place for us Cuckooites. My partner and I were there the first week in May. We stay a few miles away from Looe and Polperro in Kingsands. Oyster ice creams with clotted cream on top from Polperro ooooh that's enough to get a girl excited. Hope you have a great break Yvonne, you deserve it. Sinah Warren often hosts Jazz weekends, not that we've been to any there, we usually go to Hemsby as you know. Off there for the new year this year, it is supposed to be brilliant. Looking forward to September.

tags said...

Phew!! At last...thank GOD for Cornwall and all things Cornish, I was beginning to think he'd never shut up.

As for me, I'm sick...possibley the dreaded Swveinehunt virus or something, been over a week now.
Dragged my sorry ass, with fever, delirium etc. into the city to see the new lovely young Swedish blonde Doctor, but even that didn't do the trick. After checking me out, but not asking me to cough. Drawing blood, and urine samples, an ekg (heart monitor) and saying aaah twice and about $600 later.
The diagnosis was "I think you have a virus" and she wrote me a prescription for cough medicine.
"What no antibiotics?" I asked.
She fluttered her eyelids, and her blue eyes sparkled. "No" she said..."You are a strong young man, you'll not be needing any of them"
Almost four days later still suffering badly from the worse flu like symptoms and not getting better.
All that remains is for me to start growing a curly tail and cloven hoofs and go Oink, oink...
maybe then she'll believe me.
Going back to bed,...Cheers.

yvonneh said...

Oh dear Tags, I am sorry, best cure for colds, before you go to bed, a mug of boiling water add honey fresh lemon juice, teaspoon of glycerine and a large helping of whisky or brandy. Brilliant for the chest,cough, and sure knocks you out. Try it. Paracetomol takes down the temperature. Have you taken to your bed cos Jim is away, are you bored, dont worry he will soon be back. entertaining you with his banter. Get well soon

tags said...

Thanks Yvonne for the tips, yes to be honest I am a little burned out by all the banter appearing everywhere throughout the site.
I do not want to be a killjoy or spoil your fun, but I am a little tired of it as much as folk must be a little tired of me. So I shall try to give the site a rest for a while and give someone else a chance.
No hard feelings I hope.

Val B said...

Hi John, sorry that you are not well at the moment. Like you I can't keep up with all the banter although I do enjoy reading it. I've stayed out of it too although I also had the excuse of being busy with blind bowlers.
I would imagine that Del is having a rest too.
Get well soon and come back to us when you are ready.

Grace said...

Sorry to hear you are not well Tags are you sure it,s not withdrawl SYMPTOM,S SEEING THAT THE GODFATHER is away. at least most people take the banter in fun i do try and retaliate if its about me get well soon . Steak & Kidney pie for dinner yum yum .

Grace said...

Yvonneh Beryl has been to the eden garden twice but we will go again so will take photo,s for you and maybe buy postcards,will see you at the reunion or mail them to.you.
Your weather is like ours ,i am trying to put bedding plants in the garden between the shower,s.
Are you sure Jim did,nt say this week would be a {NICE TO THE GIRLS WEEK] mind you like you i enjoy a laugh .

yvonneh said...

Hi Grace, that will be lovely, it will be the next best thing to being there. I put some mint in a grow bag yesterday, looked at it this morning and the slugs have been at it. Any tips for getting rid of them will be welcome,

bob stevens said...

Yvonneh,half a grapefruit skins upside down placed on the soil will rid you of slugs.

johnb said...

Don't know if this is just a sick coincidence but....

2007 - Chinese year of the Chicken - Bird Flu Pandemic devastates parts of Asia

2008 - Chinese year of the Horse - Equine Influenza decimates Australian racing

2009 - Chinese year of the Pig - Swine Flu Pandemic kills hundreds of
pigs/humans around the globe.


It gets worse........

Next year......




2010 - Chinese year of the Cock - what could possibly go wrong?

Grace said...

Yvonneh Bob Steven,s is right that is 1 method you can always put salt on them but i found the best thing is empty yoghurt pots ,put into the ground and fill them with beer ,you will find in the morning they have drowned,they go for the smell so there,s no special beer you have to use hope this helps.

Grace said...

John B there is no answer to that question ,but my brain is ticking over with many thoughts.

johnb said...

Sow the plants in the garden with ample circulation room so they are exposed to fresh air and heat. This avoids the cool, damp areas for the pests to hide in. Throw away old wet rotten planks and rocks where they hide.
Stake or cage the plants so they are off the ground.

Use cedar chips and pine needles as mulch, as they repel these pests.


Affected Plants
Plants that are close together, low to the ground and without good circulation create the breeding grounds for these pests and are in jeopardy of becoming their harvest.


Damage
Slugs and snails thrive on leaves, fruit and crowns of plants and consume several times their body weight each night, destroying a crop in days.


Predator Insects
Birds are known to eat these pests, but since they are sleeping while the pests are active, they are not a threat to their existence.


Natural Insecticides
Household ammonia, diluted with water and sprayed directly onto the pests will destroy them immediately.


Other Methods of Control
The metal copper causes a negative reaction in the chemistry of these pests, so by placing a strip of copper flashing around each plant, these pests will stay away from that spot. Also, an empty pot placed upside down by the plants at night will become the hideout for the pests as the day heat sets in, now you know where they hide you can eridicate them easier.

johnb said...

Grace did you mean Dominic my Godfather the owner of the ice cream truck on the Estate who's bells woke everyone up on a Sunday morning or made them move a little faster?
He's not been with us for a while now. He left his wife and retired to live in Italy, I went to visit him, he would sleep with his piece under the pillow as he was afraid someone was after him.
He made great ice cream though, better than Wall's rubbish.

yvonneh said...

Thanks everyone for the tips,I think i will try the grapefruit skins first as I try to avoid killing things if I can. if not Grace I will give them the beer cos at least they will die happy. They have already devoured my mint so have to get some more. John lots of help there will try if others dont work. The problem is the estate we live on was an orchard and \\I think the slugs are looking for the fruit. John you really are going to have to be careful next year, you could all turn out to be women if that deadly disease strikes. wouldnt that be fun for us girls.

jim davis said...

Hi Yvonne it is so nice to know that you care. I hope people that are aware of what I am now going to say will skip over it, as I do if it is something I do not like. This I hope will be helpful to the people that are new to computers and are a bit overwhelmed with it all. In front of you right now you are using the largest Reference Library in the world, and it is so easy to use. Take for example the helpful information Johnb has put on below about slugs, and at other times he has also come up with other stuff of "interest". Where does he come up with all of this information? The answer to that is,the same place that you can get it if you so desire. There is a few search engines on the web, the one that is most widely used is Google. As a matter of fact this is a (Google blog). It will take but a couple of minutes for someone to show you how to use it because really there is nothing to remember. There is no reason why you should not try it for yourself, you cannot do any harm. Go to your home page, then in the search engine button enter slug eradication, then press enter. That is all you have to do. You then go to a page that shows different articles that you can view, with pictures etc about slugs. Anything you want to know? you will get the answer on Google, so if you do nothing else learn how to use a search engine. It will open very many interesting doors for you, and keep the old grey matter going. It really is about the easiest thing you can do on your computer, and as a bonus you will be able to impress other people with your knowledge.

jim davis said...

Johnb, occasionally in the past you in my opinion have tended to take thing personally when no slight is intended. No slight is intended here either. I accept we went in a bit strong this month but that was a one off. But even if we do continue you have the option of skipping over things you do not like, as do other people. To be honest, ultimately what people such as you, Tommy, Valb and I like does not come in to it as far as I am concerned. At the moment we seem to be fortunate in that we have our partners, and are reasonably healthy given our ages. There are others amongst us that are not so fortunate, Yvonne for one, and I am sure there are many other's like her. We all know Yvonne loves this site, it gives her some release from the worry she feels looking after her Ken, even if it is only for a short while. So even if Yvonne turns out to be the only one it helps, that for me makes this Blog worthwhile, but I am sure there are other people that get some comfort from it, at least I hope so.

JohnB said...

You are right Jim, very well said.
I hope you and Yvonne ignore any "crabby comments" Tags may have made recently re banter., because that's just what they were "crabby".
He was feeling the effects of a very nasty bout of the flu, so please excuse him for now, I hope he did not upset anyone too much by what he said.
I will see to it that he doesn't do it again. Just ignore him (like I do) if he does.
Cheers, I hope you enjoy/enjoyed your holidays.

tags said...

Back on the topic of meals and recipes...
Anyone care for some crab cakes?

jim davis said...

Johnb do not worry about me being upset. I have a thick skin and can take it. But once words are said they can never be taken back, you would not say them unless they are in your mind. You have your opinion and I respect that, and I will say no more on this matter. But I will now ask you a question. In the early days of this site you entered comments under Johnb and Tags as you do now. I happily communicated very briefly with what I thought was two people. Though this did not last very long because it was soon apparent you both were one and the same person. I thought you were getting enjoyment by fooling people, because for whatever the reason, that is what you were doing. Laughing with someone is different than laughing at them, and that does not go down well with me. So I broached the subject with you and you admitted I was correct, both were indeed you. You then went on to explain as the Cuckooites blog was new you thought it would make it look like more people were coming to the site than there actually were. I believed it was not nice to fool people, and I still feel the same. At best I thought it was a feeble excuse, but said no more about it because after all I might have been miss reading you motives. So let us forget the past, but I do have a question that needs answering. Tommy tells us that we now have in the region of 6,000 people coming to the site each month. Your original reason therefore is not relevant. So what is the pleasure you get out of doing it?. You might think it does no harm, but you are wrong, because it got you off to a bad start with me in the beginning.

tags said...

It won't happen again.

tags said...

By that I mean I shall just be using one name in the future.

Val B said...

Welcome back Jim, see you are stirring things up again! Where have your fellow mates been lately? I know George has defected to the girls side but where is Del and new boy Phil?

bob stevens said...

Don't like the agro, why can't we all accept, people are people, ignore what we don't like, comment on what we do.
Tommy, you have built a very good platform for us to voice our memories and opinions, let whoever wishes to get upset, get upset, but please continue with the "comargerie" Cuckoo spelling, continue.

jim davis said...

Hello Valb thanks for the welcome. I have to make allowances for George, because he said Rose French and the girls used to dress him up in girls clothes. So I am not sure that he knows if he is going or coming. He is Ok though, I think really he likes to play both ends towards the middle.

jim davis said...

Right Tags you took that very well. We have both had our say, perhaps we should now kiss and make up, (but no tongues), and let bygones be bygones.

jim davis said...

Yes where is Phil, Ken Bunting and I used to look after him at school in the seniors. We were a couple of years older than him, so if any bigger boys tried bullying him one or both of us would intervene. History seems to be repeating itself but this time the bullies are you women, he is probably keeping his head down.

JohnB said...

Perish the thought of that mushy Froggy stuff...but as for the make-up I'll have to pinch some of my wife's, I'm sure she won't notice as the bathroom cabinet full of the stuff.
JohnB
(Sorry no more Tags, I had to have him put down)

Grace said...

JIM DAVIS did,nt know Tags & Johnb were the same person person thanks for letting us know thought i had missed something when johnb replied to an artical i sent to Tags.

bob stevens said...

I'm confused, who is who?

JohnB said...

May I offer this explanation...
when the site first started we did not have many members. So, Tommy the editor suggested to me that I also used my schoolboy nickname "Tags" to give the impression that more people were contributed memories and stories of Cuckoo. I reluctantly agreed to this marketing ploy, but unfortunately it kind of stuck even though the the truth was revealed in one of early postings.
As there is no need for this anymore I have decided to drop using my nickname Tags.
We now have 6000 folks visiting the site, so if we don't count Tags anymore that still leaves 5999 folks more than enough people to contribute memories of their own.
Cheers, my apologies to Grace and others that were not aware of this, but without poor old Tags, whom I shall miss dearly, it won't happen again.
JohnB,
Time for my lunch, left over take away Chinese and shrimp fried rice.

Tommy said...

I agree with you Bob,time to move on,life is so short and we get nowhere with it,in the old days we could go out to the playground and have it out like little boys did.We can no longer do that so be wise,sometimes we will see something we do not like but it is better to move on and forget it rather than opening a can of worms that is hard to close.Lets be positive and leave the negative to others to ponder.I have now had my say.The last I hope on this subject

yvonneh said...

Hi all, I am off line for a day, come back and all hell has broken loose. Jim I do appreciate and love your defense of me, but I was bemused as to why, till I read some of the later letters. I must admit that as I take little notice of the remarks you men make, ahem!!! I saw nothing wrong in the letters that tags/john left, I put it down to the rotten cold that he had. I am glad you are feeling better John, I know how ratty I can be if I am feeling under the weather, so I am really glad you have KISSED and made up.
Back to basics, liver and bacon for tea tonight with mashed spuds and swede, lovely. A bit like you Jim, but tastier.

JohnB said...

Made-up maybe... but kiss never!

jim davis said...

Don't say that Johnb, don't knock it till you try it.

yvonneh said...

AWWWWWW come on Johm,get closer to your feminie side, you know what they say its good to argue but its much better making up.Bob the grapefruit seems to have worked. Havent seen the little beggars for days. Spag Bol tonight, messy but nice. Jim are you really off again?

jim davis said...

No not just yet Yvonne, I knew when and where Grace is going, and I just wanted to worry her.

Val B said...

For some reason we are all using meals and recipes for chat so thought I had better put this comment here.
Last week doing my shopping in Sainsburys, I passed a man in the aisle pushing his trolley in the opposite direction. He half smiled at me and then came over and said, "If I say one word you'll either know what I am talking about, or you'll think I'm mad". I replied "OK go for it" and then he said "CUCKOOITES!" It turned out his name was John Baker from Westcott Crescent, top of Lile Rd, not the other Baker family that have been on this site already. He hasn't got a computer but came to the last reunion and bought our book.He recognised me from those, probably because he knew my brother Ken. We chatted for half an hour about the estate and he stated that he sees Lynn Smith at jazz weekends at Hemsby and I think it was Lynn that told him about the last reunion. Talking about jazz weekends, I went with a group of friends to a jazz weekend at Sinah Warren two years ago. We had actually gone for a day at Goodwood races, but did meet up with a group from Essex. None of us said where our roots were, only where we came from now, so I am wondering if that could have been Lynn's group? Only a shot in the dark but I do have a photo of Edna and one of the other ladies that I will have to dig out and send to Tommy to see if Lynn recognises her! Meanwhile, Have a great time there Yvonne. I'm sure you will be well looked after as we took a lady in a wheelchair too, and things worked out fine.

jim davis said...

That was a nice meeting Valb what a small world. Val I do think most people try to keep their comments on the correct page. But having a conversation in print is not that different from talking to someone. You start on one theme and sometimes just a few words make the conversation drift off all over the place. Usually there is a link that leads from one thing to the other. I suppose that is what makes conversation interesting. If a post is put on the site, and before anyone has had a chance of making a comment is ignored and a different subject is put on. That is out of order, and rude. Apart from that I really think we mostly agree to go where the conversation takes us.

yvonneh said...

Hear, Hear Jim, oh my word I am agreeing with you, must be going soft or its the excitement of the holiday, Thanks for those kind words Val. will leave you all in peace till Monday.