Thursday, 31 May 2012


It seems that all things retro are popular for the coming Diamond Jubilee weekend - even recipes! 60 years ago (the wonderful 1950s) we were eating bowls of jelly or jelly whip, trifle, homemade jam tarts, Victoria sandwich cake, coronation chicken, salmon and cucumber sandwiches, sausages on sticks, butterfly cakes (not cupcakes!), scotch eggs, egg sandwiches, sausage rolls, cheese straws - is your mouth watering yet? And it was usually all home-made!
With the average cost of a jubilee celebration tea party rising 5-fold from £1.27 per head for the Silver Jubilee in 1977, to £7.18 a head this year, we need to keep our celebrations frugal, so planning is the only way.
Decide upon the menu, let everyone contribute a dish of food - use to find the cheapest supermarket to buy your ingredients - and get busy! Those who can't cook can make paper bunting, lend table cloths and tables, buy paper cups or bring ready made food.
Happy Frugal Diamond Jubilee!

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