Since I had nothing better to do, I figured that I’d check my bookshelf for that vintage cooking series that I mentioned earlier. At the very least, I could go through it and see if there was anything worth preparing.
Before I go on, the series in question is from Good Housekeeping, and was published serial style in 1958. There are at least fifteen (15) different volumes, of which I happen to own about half. I picked these up at an antique store about four years ago – why, I have no idea – save for the fact that I was very interested in vintage-style cooking (see my earlier posts on the subject), and thought that I could incorporate something from these volumes into my plans. As things go, once they made it to my home, they were promptly forgotten, and although I could see them sitting cozily on the bookshelf, I’d never thought to actually open them until now.
The examples in this series suggests that the people who lived in 1958 were either the craziest folks to inhabit the planet, or the most common-sense deprived. Who eats this stuff?
Case in point: Tuna-Egg Curry. Say that with me: Tuna-Egg Curry. This sounded so bizarre (and bad) that I’ve provided the actual page here for your review. Frankly, I didn’t think that anyone would believe me if I told them about this. It’s not horrific, certainly not in comparison to some of the other dishes offered in the cookbooks, but I’m baffled by the idea that someone thought – actually thought – that tuna and curry sounded nice in the same sentence, let alone a dish to be consumed. By humans, no less.
My fall-back is my good-old Betty Crocker cookbook from the early 1960s. Sure, it’s got some of the same nonsense within its pages, but it also has things that I like – such as meatloaf. I realize that I’m probably going to end up with another series of Vintage Sundays, where I select and choose dinners from various cookbooks, not just one, but that’s not a problem for me. I just want to do something beyond the routine stuff that I’ve been doing.
I’ve got to get my creativity groove back or else.