Waiter, there’s something in my… retro classic

by Jeanne on April 17, 2009

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Ladies and gentlemen, please forgive me – I have been a bad, bad blogger.  I swanned off on holiday leaving you only a few Saturday Snapshots.  I actively avoided internet cafes and computers for the 17 days that I was away.  I neglected my Google reader, my friends' blogs, and CookSister. 

And, worst of all, I missed participating in Waiter, There's Something in my Pineapple!  

Oh, the shame.  

Ironically, I did actually make a perfectly pineapply dish on Sat 4 April – maybe I will send it to Andrew when I post it to add as a footnote…

But let's not dwell on past misdemeanours!  It's a new month and I'm back with a vengeance.  My WTSIM co-founders and co-hosts Johanna and Andrew inform me that it's my turn to host, and I am ready to step up to bat.

Remember the 1970s? The flares, the platform heels, the car keys in a bowl?  Umm, maybe not so much the last one…!  Moving along.  I was a kid in the 1970's and remember watching this fantastically glamorous world passing below me at my parents' parties while my brother and I hid in the mezzanine level study and watched.  I also remember vividly the dishes that were served up and how endlessly chic they seemed to me.  Melba toast, steak Diane, baked Alaska, avocado ritz… the stuff of dreams and impossibly sophisticated from my pre-teen perspective.

Today, it would take a brave man to put these on a menu, unless it was in a sorta kinda post-modernist, witty and ironic way.  But what I'm asking YOU to do this month is to embrace the retro chef inside who's dying to get out.  The challenge for Waiter, There's Something in My… for April is to prepare a retro classic of your choice.  It can be a starter, main course, dessert or snack - let your imagination run wild!  Cast your tastebuds back to the 1970s and see what they remember. 

Here is the fineprint:

1. Write up your retro classic dish on your blog, remembering to include a link back to this announcement in your post.  Please do not submit an old post – dishes should be made specifically for this event.

2.  E-mail me.  Please make sure that Waiter there's something in my features in the subject line.

3. In the e-mail please include:

  • your name
  • your blog's name and URL 
  • the URL of your entry
  • the name of the dish
  • your approximate location

4.  The deadline for entries is Monday 4 May and I hope to have the roundup posted later that week.

5.  When the roundup is posted, please also include a link to that in your post.

So why don't you put some ABBA on the stereo (on vinyl, of course!) and let your imagination run riot in the retro-tastic favourites of yesteryear.

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

nina April 18, 2009 at 7:06 am

Count me in, this is so exciting!!!!

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James April 19, 2009 at 1:07 pm

‘Today, it would take a brave man to put these on a menu’
Not brave so much as realistic. Giving people what they want, rather than what you think they should want is a far more beneficial course of action for everyone. I have prawn cocktail hidden away on one menu. And this morning I delivered grapefruits with some demerara sugar on the side so they could be grilled. The thing with all those 70′s dishes (and the reason children like them even now) is that they’re simple uncomplicated flavours. Safe.
Eggs mayonnaise….. now there’s a real starter.
I’ll get breadcrumbing the mushrooms, and open a tin of black cherries.

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Bellini Valli April 20, 2009 at 9:46 pm

Sounds like fun Jeanne:D

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browniegirl April 23, 2009 at 10:36 pm

Oh I love Retro food, but I think im going to miss this one…I just saw it now and we are leaving for our holiday early Saturday morning…what a pity. But I shall return to see what everyone did!! Welcome back Jeanne and heartiest congratulations once again on your winnings…hope you saw my previous highly excited comment while you were away heehee….beside myself I was…I do hope that you had a wonderful holiday. Sounds good to me anyway. I was just catching up a bit..see you in about 3 weeks times. Hugs xxx

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courtney April 24, 2009 at 5:16 pm

Now that should be fun. I have no idea of what i can make but will thinkof something in time hopefully.

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Coffee and Vanilla April 27, 2009 at 2:23 pm

I will definitely try to take part in this… one of New Year’s resolutions was to cook / bake more classics this year… so now I have a chance! :)
Enjoy your day… it is very rainy here in N19…
Margot

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