Ba­nana salad, greys and teasel­ing


What is the best way to mend a blan­ket?

It’s not the begin­ning of a joke but the burn­ing ques­tion in the March 1950 is­sue of the KapiMana News.

The prob­lem was filed un­der the House­wife’s Quiz col­umn along with other im­por­tant queries such as how can you tell when a piece of beef is tough? (When the fat is thick and yel­low.)

Blan­ket mend­ing was easy - a woman should just tarn with three ply wool and then teasel the darn.

In the neigh­bour­ing col­umn, Top­ics for women, Elsie Lloyd dis­cussed grey hair and why women need not be dis­cour­aged by the ‘‘creep­ing white’’.

Grey hair could still be fetch­ing, Lloyd promised, as long as it wasn’t worn in ‘‘tight waves or a hard roll at the back of the head’’.

An­other columnist warned housewives against eat­ing pears and toma­toes at the same sit­ting as the foods com­bined to ‘‘give a belly­ache’’.

A Cana­dian recipe for ba­nana salad was of­fered to women stuck for culi­nary in­spi­ra­tion...

‘‘Slice ba­nanas length­wise on crisp let­tuce leaves, sprin­kle with lemon juice then cover with thick may­on­naise.

‘‘Chopped nuts or cheese may be added.’’

In April, Lloyd was on hol­i­day so the Top­ics for Women col­umn was taken over by men.

‘‘The male mem­bers of staff, be­ing mar­ried men, con­sider them­selves to run a womens col­umn - at least for one is­sue.

‘‘So with mas­cu­line con­fi­dence, yet fear­ful of fem­i­nine re­ac­tion, we com­mence.’’

The col­umn fea­tured a recipe for ‘‘Bach­e­lor Cake’’ and car­ried the by­line ‘‘mere men’’.

On Lloyd’s re­turn she wrote about the lack of park­ing space for prams and strollers out­side Porirua busi­nesses.

The April is­sue’s front page was en­tirely de­voted to Women’s World by Bet­tyMRoss.

Power cuts had made life dif­fi­cult for housewives, she said, and recipes that didn’t need to go into the oven were of­fered.

‘‘In­stead of the usual bak­ing day this week, try to give the oven a rest and make af­ter­noon tea that doesn’t need to be cooked.’’

In Oc­to­ber the Health Depart­ment cleared up some ‘‘funny ideas housewives might have about food’’.

Egg whites are not in­ju­ri­ous to the kid­neys , ex­cess salt will not pro­duce Bright’s Dis­ease and milk is not fat­ten­ing, it de­clared.

In other im­por­tant news for women, it was re­ported The Rau­mati Women’s In­sti­tute raised money ‘‘for the chil­dren of China’’ - de­spite a mild flu epi­demic in Kapiti.

Sev­eral com­pe­ti­tions were held, the ar­ti­cle said, in­clud­ing the best bloom, best win­ter cab­bage, the best darned sock and pa­per hat.

‘‘It was the a most sat­is­fac­tory to­tal,’’ a spokes­woman said.

Flo­ral crepe was all the rage.


Elec­tri­cal ap­pli­ances saved a house­wife pre­cious time.

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