A lot of my favourite resources are actually the cuttings I find inserted between the pages of recipes books I buy – I have a box of random snippings from newspapers and magazines. I don’t remember where this one came from, and it’s unclear when it’s from, so I am going to attempt some amateur detective work here; there are some clues – the reverse of the page has ‘Starscopes by Leon Petulengro’ and the bottom of the page, under Leon’s astrological predictions says:
We regret that Leon Petulengro cannot enter into any correspondence, but if you’d like a full astrological reading, send for his detailed computer character analysis and 12-month forecast. Write to Woman’s Own Astrology Service, PO Box 20, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, stating your birthday, year, time (if unknown we will use noon) and a place of birth. Enclose a cheque/ postal order for £3…
So, what can we deduce from this?
1. It’s from Woman’s Own.
2. It’s post decimalisation (1971)
3. There is no postcode given, but I don’t think this really helps, as the page is clearly from after 1959, but I seem to remember there was a drive to encourage people to use the postcode in the mid-eighties?
4. The design of Leon’s Starscopes seems quite seventies, but the design of the recipe side, looks more recent.
5. The dates given for Taurus are April 21-May 22. I was born May 21 in 1980, and that year May 21 was the last day to be Taurus, and I have just googled this to work things out and the internet is telling me I am actually Gemini, so I am now massively confused, but I think I will stick by thinking I am Taurus, which, if I am correct (given my total lack of knowledge of astrology, I am probably not correct), I put this recipe as being after 1980.
6. Assuming Woman’s Own published on a Tuesday, as it does currently (according to internet) and the starscopes given are for the week Nov 28-Dec 4, Nov 28th fell on a Tuesday only once in the eighties, in 1989. It did however fall on a Tuesday in 1978. So probably 1989 then. Who knows? Who cares? Perhaps I should just write up the damn recipe already.
The recipe I made was the ‘Danish Pie Today’, instructions being as follows:
Pack a shallow dish with back or streaky Danish rashers and onions cut into small pieces (about a 1/4lb of rashers should be enough for 4). Sprinkle with mixed herbs and finish off with a layer of thinly sliced potatoes. Pour on a little stock or water, dot with butter or dripping and cook in a medium oven for about an hour, turning to high for the last 15 minutes to brown and crisp the top.
The toughest thing about this dangerously simple recipe was slicing the potatoes. It says it serves 4, but it really really didn’t. I made it the next evening too, and fell into a bacon and potato coma for 3 days. It was delicious. Definitely use smoked bacon though.
Here are some terrible pictures: