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The World's Worst RecipesPosted at 5:00PM, 05 October 2010 by Carol Wilson - Food writer
I have a fascinating collection of recipe booklets from the 1920s, up to the Seventies; fascinating because I can't imagine anyone today wanting to make some of the recipes! Many of these were issued free by food companies to persuade people to use more of their product or to use it in ways they may not have thought of. Garishly bright coloured photos of the finished dishes in all their lurid glory accompany recipes in the later booklets.
One booklet issued by a crisps manufacturer includes recipes for Crisp omelette - crushed crisps stirred into the beaten eggs to make it crunchy. Even worse sounding are Banana split with crisps and Lemon meringue pie with - you guessed it - crisps! I mean... would you?
How about bananas wrapped in bacon and covered in cheese sauce?
Danish bacon issued a recipe calendar in the 1950s that included Danish bacon mousse. Or how about bananas wrapped in bacon and covered in cheese sauce? A Marmite recipe booklet from the same era includes gems such as Hawaiian toasts, a tasty mixture of cream cheese, Marmite, pineapple and bacon on buttered toast.
Makers of porridge oats issued lots of free recipes. I have a leaflet from the 1970s for a Savoury bean casserole made with green beans, mushroom soup, mayonnaise, porridge oats, cheese and nuts. Ugh! Thankfully readers were spared an accompanying photo.
One well-known margarine manufacturer released a substantial booklet with recipes that included ice cream made with milk, margarine and gelatine, and 'Brussels eggs', chopped hard-boiled eggs on a bed of mashed Brussels sprouts mixed with cheese, covered with a white sauce made from the sprout liquor, milk and margarine.
Someone must have pulled out all the stops to come up with Salmon soup, made with tinned salmon, milk and two packets of custard powder, which I came across in a recipe booklet from the 1950s issued by a very famous custard powder maker.
Did anyone actually make any of these I wonder - and do you know of any worse recipes?
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