Adventures in 1970s food: Frankfurter Bake recipe
Alterntive title: Lockdown No-Supermarket-For-Weeks-Desperation Bake
What can I say. The 1970s gave us many great things: David Bowie, Space Hoppers, Decimalisation, The Silver Jubilee, the concept of using brown and orange for interiors, and many other great things. But it was also a dark era of home cooking, where things were microwaved, boiled, simmered and invented, that never should have been. Peanut Butter Soup anyone?
One recipe that is either hideous or genius, depending on which angle you view it from, is a classic from the brain of Marguerite Patten, one of the first 'celebrity chefs' who grew in popularity after her programme on the BBC. She passed away in 2015, leaving a legacy of weird foodstuffs in her wake.
I should most probably give her the credit that she deserves, as it was her who taught many of our grandparents to cook, and our parents at that. And she has a killer recipe for fudge which I'll post up here at some point too.
Cooking with Frankfurters is hit and miss. Given the world of processed meat is not always the most transparent, it's hard to really know what goes into them. Also, they can be (Ye Olde Oake from Morrisons particularly) bland and tasteless.
Personally I recommend spending a bit more and get gourmet ones that actually taste of something. However given where we already are, we've already gone down that rabbit hole of processed stuff, so ultimately it might not matter that much.