"I Didn't Get Where I am Today Without Eating Liver and Bacon on a Monday"
Monday 7/2/1976 (Perhaps)
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"I didn't get where I am today Reggie without knowing the 7th of February 1976 when I see it."
"Now Reggie, out with it, give it to me straight, no messing about the mulberry bush as it were. I like a man who just says what's on his mind, no going on and on about what he doesn't want to say."
"Well C.J. it's just that..."
"Spit it out Reggie, we're not the sort of company that thinks just because a man is 46 and eats liver and bacon for dinner he's over the hill you know."
"Right! Now about these new flans, the fiesta range..."
"Ah, C.J., the flans."
"Yes, tricky sorts, me and Mrs C.J. were talking in bed yesterday about what it will be like in 2005, do you think they'll still eat liver and bacon Reggie?"
"Quite right Reggie, now, how's Elizabeth?"
Whilst searching for inspiration as to what to eat for 1970's week I decided to watch a few episodes of The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin to see what he had for dinner. The first episode was a gold mine and suggested to me that a tasty dish of liver and bacon was all the rage on Mondays in Norbiton in 1976. Tomorrow I might have lamb cutlets (they did) but the ravioli, ravioli and ravioli Wednesday would stop me going around my friend Marcello's house for ravioli later in the week (he says he is very good at ravioli) so I wont be doing that.
So day 1 of my 1970's cuisine week was a plate of liver and bacon. It was surprisingly tastier than I expected. It wasn't an absolute culinary delight but compared with my memories of eating this as a child it was brilliant (though I don't remember my mum using any flavourings at all, her's was just some baked liver, bacon and leftover gravy).
My flatmate Ben pointed out that using fresh thyme was a modern thing and that people then would have probably used dried herbs. I didn't have any dried thyme or parsley however and I'm sure that some poeple (those with allotments) might have had some fresh herbs, so why can't I have some too? Just because my mum didn't use them, doesn't mean they didn't exist.
I've plenty of other treats from the days gone by to come, but as a blast from the past this was a true classic.
An iced cake (it was just called an iced cake). Very 1970's childrens party style. It was pink.
Liver and Bacon
Onion, vegetable oil, flour, lamb's liver, bacon, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, pepper, salt, cornflour, fresh parsley and thyme.
Slice the onion and fry until beginning to brown in a little oil (or lard if you want the full 1976 experience). Cut the liver into slises and dust with season flour. Fry the liver with the onions then add the chopped bacon. Fry for a few minutes more, pour into an ovenproof dish. Mix some mustard, Worcestershire sauce, the chopped herbs, salt, pepper, water and cornflour in a jug and pour over the liver and bacon. Cook in an oven for 20 minutes.