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Comfort Food #3: Chocolate Mousse

Some things never go out of style and chocolate mousse is one of them. Once people had got over their obsession with black forest gateau in the seventies (which is equally yum by the way!) chocolate mousse pretty much became the dinner party dessert of the eighties, and it’s not hard to see why: elegant, sophisticated, and considered the ultimate dessert for those who wanted to do ‘fancy’ (but thought profiteroles were too much hard work!) And you always had room for light-as-air mousse even after a very rich meal.

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Posted by on September 14, 2021 in This, That and the Other!

 

5 Iconic Bikinis We Wouldn’t Mind Wearing To The Beach!

When the bikini was launched in 1946, it took it’s time to catch on due to the controversial nature of the two-piece bathing suit during a time when women weren’t so comfortable with showing so much skin. But the bikini got by with a little help from its celebrity friends, and became popular partly due to the film industry putting their leading ladies in bikinis, and the general public saw that far from being sleazy and scandalous, one could look quite classy and glamourous in a naval exposing two-piece bathing suit. Movie legends who helped to propel the glamour-icon status of the bikini included Marilyn Monroe and Brigitte Bardot. In fact Bardot’s movie The Girl in the Bikini is believed to be one of the first movies to feature this new kind of bathing suit.

To celebrate the bikini reaching the grand old age of seventy five this month, we take a look at five of the most iconic bikinis to grace our screens.

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Posted by on September 14, 2021 in This, That and the Other!

 

5 Amazingly Fab Retro Sandwiches

Last summer we were still in the grip of the pandemic and while the world is still not a Covid-free zone, things are slowly starting to return to some kind of normal. Which means a lot of the usual summer activities will resume such as visits to the park; days out to the beach, road trips and all sorts of outings that will most likely require people to bring a packed lunch. And that can only mean one thing – sandwiches!

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Posted by on September 14, 2021 in This, That and the Other!

 

God Bless Hooky Street: 40 Years Since Only Fools and Horses Began (Part i)

Could there ever be a sitcom more beloved to British audiences than Only Fools and Horses? The term ‘Classic comedy’ gets bandied about a lot but it’s one that fits Only Fools & Horses perfectly. If you were around in the eighties, chances are you never missed an episode of Only Fools. Not only did we laugh out loud at the antics of Del, Rodney and co. but the sitcom did what Friends did much later on for the English language by giving us words and phrases that are still uttered today and have become synonymous with the show. Lovely Jubbly!

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Posted by on September 14, 2021 in This, That and the Other!

 

A Slice of Pie With… Jay Mackie!

Us creative types remember only too well when upon being asked what we wanted to be when we grew up, we excitedly shared our dreams of seeing our name up in lights at the West End; becoming the next Picasso, starting a girl group that would go on to be bigger than the Spice Girls, or launching our new collection at Paris Fashion Week, and we were very encouragingly told by our parents to… get a proper job!

Well meet Jay Mackie. Not only did he follow his dreams of pursuing a career in music but he proved that it is very much a real job (not that he was ever told that it wasn’t!)

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Angel’s Slice of the Pie #20: Living La Vida Lockdown

Hope everyone is doing OK after the last few months we’ve had to endure. Lockdown rules are starting to be relaxed in various parts of the world, and this is being met with mixed reactions. Not to mention confusion! Life as we’ve known it these last few months is coming to an end… at least we hope it is. Some people have had a terrible time being stuck at home, not being able to visit their families, socialize, or go to work (for those who love their jobs!) At some point we’ve all felt the effects of having to self-quarantine, especially for the length of time that we’ve had to stay at home.

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How Times Change: Old School Lounge Wear

How many of us these days give much thought to ‘at-home wear?’ And by that we don’t mean holey T-shirts, stained sweaters, and paint splattered jeans! Before the 1990s, at-home wear was a section of our wardrobes that bridged the gap between day clothes and sleep clothes – something seldom seen today – and was so much more than just old clothes that we shoved to the bottom of the wardrobe.

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For decades, stay-at-home clothes – probably classified as lounge wear today – was worn for feeling comfortable while at home, but still presentable enough for visitors (which we know is a definite no-no right now!) Not necessarily worn outside the home, at-home wear consisted of clothes you could wear while working around the house, relaxing, or entertaining guests, and these garments were quite popular probably up until the beginning of the nineties when people became ultra laid-back and casual (and OK, a bit boring – maybe even sloppy!) and didn’t bother so much with specific ‘at-home’ clothes.

We take a look at some of the at-home trends of yesteryear.

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A Thriller of a Series (pt.ii)

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The second part of our review of seventies cult classic mystery and suspense anthology TV show, Thriller.

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Posted by on April 17, 2020 in This, That and the Other!

 

A Thriller of a Series

At Nostalgia Pie, we love our mystery and suspense TV series and movies. Life doesn’t feel complete unless there’s a whodunnit to solve! If you’re a fan of Tales of the Unexpected or Alfred Hitchcock Presents, then you’ll love Thriller – the British mystery and suspense anthology series that was first broadcast on UK screens 14th April 1973. But despite being a hit in Britain and America, it seems Thriller was given just one repeat on British television before it mysteriously faded away, with a lot of people born after the seventies not knowing much about this amazing show. But Thriller still has a legion of fans and has become something of a cult classic.

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Posted by on April 17, 2020 in This, That and the Other!

 

Angel’s Slice of the Pie #9: My Vintage Cookbook Collection

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This week’s Angel’s Slice of the Pie has been inspired by a conversation I had with my friend MJ where we were talking about our collection of vintage cook books (I promise you, our conversations are a lot more rivetting than they sound!) It’s no secret that I collect vintage magazines. It is one of my absolute passions and it is through this interest that I met MJ – also an avid collector himself – and a few other people I have become well acquainted with. But what a lot of people don’t know is that I also collect vintage cook books and I get very excited when I find one to add to my collection (I do have a life – honest!)

I don’t know when I made the conscious decision to collect cook books. I was always surrounded by them when I was growing up. In the living room of our very first house in East London, we had book cases which took up almost half the length of our flock-wallpapered through-lounge. You could easily tell which books belonged to whom just by looking at the subject matter..

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