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In the mid / late 1970's my family became regular visitors to the Broads, hiring from Pearson Marine, Brister Craft & Aston Boats (Beccles) at least once a year.

My mother was a bit of a traditionalist when it came to feeding us so always a cooked breakfast (the fried eggs always stuck in the aluminium frying pans supplied with the boat in those days) and a roast dinner on a Sunday. For years she had used the same butcher at home (Dewhursts in Bulwell) but for our Broads holidays she took with her a complete chicken in a can, which was about the size of a Watney Party Seven. No refrigeration required and when opened the bird "sort of" relaxed and filled a small roasting tin. The can was full of jelly which melted during cooking. With potatoes & veg, and a decent dollop of Bisto it made a half decent Sunday dinner. Anyone else remember chicken in a can? 

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I'm sure you liked it,but have never seen it.Being a chef I would not need to.

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That picture scared me! 

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It scared you??? How the hell do you think the chicken felt????

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28 minutes ago, MauriceMynah said:

It scared you??? How the hell do you think the chicken felt????

inserts canned laughter at this point

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De-fudging-licious

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Go on click it, I dare you :default_biggrin:

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That looks awful :default_blink:

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Oh dear  I'm going to have to teach you lot how to cook:default_dry:

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Fortnums used to do a whole grouse in a can.

There is a legend that the late Duke of Westminster when stationed overseas got his Batman to throw one in the air on the 12th August so that he could shoot it before eating it.

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18 minutes ago, Chelsea14Ian said:

Oh dear  I'm going to have to teach you lot how to cook:default_dry:

Nah you are ok. Sweet Sue has us all covered

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I foresee the end is nigh for the need of  chefs anymore :default_biggrin:

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That's okay  I only have two and a half years left till I retire!

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Oh for goodness sake that's disgusting, yuk 

I always eat the ready made stuff, you know like KFC  :default_norty:

Grace

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2 minutes ago, Gracie said:

Oh for goodness sake that's disgusting, yuk 

I always eat the ready made stuff, you know like KFC  :default_norty:

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What's wrong with that? Looks tasty. My mum (bless her) wasn't a good cook, and I think that might have been a bit better than some dinners I was served. She tried, and failed, and made no secret of it!

I was once dished up a shepherds pie from a ready-meal packet. She watched me eat it then said "Was that OK?". "Fine", I replied. "Good, " she says, "I scraped it up off the floor after I dropped it from the microwave!". I'm still here.

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My mother had a cage like device that she used like that for chickens, and a larger one for turkeys. They worked well but as you say, always brought a tear to the eye! 

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Ray, Your mother's cooking sounds like my mother's. he didn't teach me how to cook, but made it essential that I learned.

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I think the look on that lad’s face probably says it all. I enjoy cooking but I’m really not sure I could face doing anything with that. I guess it could have been accompanied by Cadbury’s Smash and Surprise Peas - anyone remember them? (What do you get from Surprise Peas? - Chapped legs!!)

Anyway, thanks to chrisdobson for the post. 

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1 minute ago, MauriceMynah said:

Ray, Your mother's cooking sounds like my mother's. he didn't teach me how to cook, but made it essential that I learned.

Is there something your mum wasn't telling you?

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What a good idea.   Anything that stops you have to panic about keeping fresh meat or poultry at 4 degrees is ok in my book.    These days people are far too fussy.    Saves worrying about the fridge on a boat.      

 

 

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The idea of watching London Rascal opening that tin fills me with dread

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when I came to the meet, I had several fray bentos pies in tins and several packets of instant mash - no refrigeration problems, easy to cook, self contained (OK I did have some bacon eggs and sausages as well)

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I do remember a full chicken in a can. Never tried one though.

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I'll just leave this here ( and yes I did once buy a can whilst in Canada )

 

 

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