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.