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Rochdale Observer - - BYGONE DAYS -

RITISH Prime Min­is­ter Mar­garet Thatcher kept recipes for or­ange and wal­nut cake, lamb chops in a par­cel and stuffed “cour­gettes mai­son” served with prawns and mor­nay sauce.

She was also fond of a “mys­tery starter” made from beef con­sommé, cream cheese and curry pow­der. The in­gre­di­ents were blended to­gether and left to set be­fore be­ing served in ramekins, topped with a layer of jel­lied soup and a black olive. Left­over chicken, shrimps or peeled mush­rooms could also be added for va­ri­ety.

Lady Thatcher’s go-to recipes were found in one of her files marked “favourites” and dated 1979-1987.

Bri­tish war-time Prime Min­is­ter Win­ston Churchill was known for his love of food and drink. He once served up tur­tle soup to Pres­i­dent Roo­sevelt and en­joyed tuck­ing into a good In­dian curry.

His drink of choice was Pol Roger cham­pagne and he also en­joyed John­nie Walker Red La­bel whisky and brandy, but steered clear of sug­ary cock­tails. The politi­cian, who lived un­til he was 90, once in­sisted: “I’ve got more out of al­co­hol than al­co­hol has taken out of me.”

A case of Pol Roger cham­pagne would be sent to him by the com­pany ev­ery year on his birth­day and a black border was placed around the la­bels on the bot­tles fol­low­ing his death.

For­mer Bri­tish prime min­is­ter David Cameron do­nated a recipe for spicy sausage pasta to a char­ity cook­book, while 1970s Labour Prime Min­is­ter Harold Wil­son is said to have liked brown sauce so much it be­came known as Wil­son’s Gravy and his wife Mary said: “If Harold has a fault, it is that he will drown ev­ery­thing with HP Sauce.”

Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Arthur Welles­ley, the 1st Duke Of Welling­ton, gave his name to the dish Beef Welling­ton, but there is no ev­i­dence the Iron Duke ever ate the dish him­self dur­ing the 19th cen­tury.

Over on the other side of the pond, for­mer Amer­i­can Pres­i­dent Richard Nixon was known for his fond­ness for ketchup and would eat cot­tage cheese smoth­ered in it as a snack.

His favourite meal, though, was meat­loaf and the White House even printed his wife Pat’s meat­loaf recipe fol­low­ing nu­mer­ous

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