My grandmother was a collector of brass ornaments and rather than buy expensive cleaning products she used ordinary tomato ketchup - it works!
Obviously I was not as fortunate as others, I can remember one gradmother's mantra which was "keep out the draughts", last said to me & my brother as we stood on the draw bridge waiting to get into Cardiff castle. All I can remember of the other one was "stop hitting your brother". Not the best place to say what my Granddads' words of wisdom conveyed!
Turning it on its head, I read in a book about food last year "If your grandmother wouldn't recognise it, it's not food". How true.
... would you shut up, "you're giving my a***hole a headache" I love it and have been known to use it myself although not sure of the deeper meaning, possibly something along the lines of being a pain in the backside!
Well I never received any useful tips from my grandparents (though my gran did teach me how to stuff a chicken at an early age) but I'll be trying that ketchup tip as I've a brass bell that used to be my gran's and I've never managed to get it sparkly!
... if you can bear to waste it, immersion in cola works well to!
That opens another debate, I prefer my stuffing baked in a dish on its own, and slightlyoff at a tangent, does anyone use the turkey gibblets to make gravy?
Cola works well for cleaning the loo as well. Cheaper than bleach. Or so I've been told...
Nope, sorry, got to be in the chicken / turkey! It has a completely different (though possibly more appealing to some tastes) texture when cooked separately. Leastways when cooked by me! I do recall a sarnie shop a few years back where I could have stuffing on my sarnies (yummy) and I doubt, thinking about it, that they cooked a chicken at the same time every time they needed more! Maybe I need to learn how to cook my stuffing separately and correctly :)
And is it me (at this rate probably) or does sausagemeat stuffing (that other Christmas essential) not taste as good these days? It doesn't seem to matter where I get it from (more expensive or cheap) it still doesn't taste like it used to do. Bah humbug!
I shall donate a can of coke to the cleaning cause - god knows the stuff has buggered my teeth well enough so it should work wonders on anything else.....
For quick tasty stuffing, mix the packet stuff with boiling water, then fry it in butter. I may be a heathen, but I hit upon this method by accident when I forgot to put the stuffing in, but it tastes really good cooked this way.
...a fountain of great ideas but the one which I have taken to heart is 'Never on a Sunday'
You knew that if you had big news or wanted anything done you would never ask on a Sunday as that was a rest day. Even though she never went to church, it was still a day meant for doing nothing.
I remember my cousin getting engaged & trying to tell her on a Sunday but she was determined not to listen so he gave up & told her the following day.
This attitude has now been taken on by my in-laws after they met her at my wedding. So it seems long after she has gone her mantra is going from strength to strength & spreading all over Scotland.
Imagine what it does to your insides, especially if it has rum with it? (:-). An old sailor I used to work with showed me what a mixture of rum and coke poured on one of those leather straps that used to be used to sharpen blades - it completely took off the surface. I changed to rum and black after that little demonstration.
She's been able to afford a second sprog because of my habit! But I've sacrificed 3.5 cans of the rotting fizz to clean my bell and it doesn't look bad - not sure if they don't make plastic food bags like they used to (used a couple to soak the thing in) or whether coke disolves plastic but they started leaking.... I should have cleaned part with coke and part with ketchup to see which was better.
Anyone got any guaranteed ways of cleaning shower doors? I can't get mine spotless and I've tried every cleaning product known to man, woman and superhero. I'm tempted to try coke but not sure how to get it to stay on without dismantling the shower (and if I do that I might as well buy new doors!)
...because of what I've paid the bugger over the years. And I drive a clapped out Vauxhall Vectra estate. Which just shows who made the better choice on Careers Day at school, doesn't it?
If he wasn't generous with the drugs, I might have bit him by now.
As for wise advice from my Nan? "Put the kettle on queen, and let's have a think". It was always her response to a trying situation - and well worth following in my experience. Gives me a chance to marshall my thoughts into some semblance of order before reacting to something and making it worse.
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