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Family KnitsIn this age of consumerism, surely nothing says love more than matching hand-knitted woollen vests.Matching Yellow KnitsMake a public statement of your love this year by crafting his n’ her outfits from Women’s Weekly Family Knits (1971).

Matching Red VestsCan’t knit? Not a problem.

How about preparing a romantic meal for two from Women’s Weekly’s Cooking for Couples (1982).Cooking for CouplesPerhaps you could start the meal with an avocado entree garnished with capsicum and black olives.Avocado with Herb DressingTry a trout main, featured alluringly alongside a fern in a wicker basket in an early 80s example of food styling.Trout with CapersFinish your romantic tête-à-tête with a refreshing icy mint dessert. Don’t forget to add that essential ingredient, green food colouring.Minted IceWishing you a happy Valentine’s Day this weekend, however you choose to celebrate it.

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Yesterday I bought this little dripping pot at Salvos for $3. What a beautiful relic of times gone by. It’s from a more frugal era when everything was used and nothing was wasted.

After cooking your meat, you would pour your roasting tray full of remnants and juices into the dripping pot, over the metal sieve. The sieve would catch any chunks and separate all the fatty juices into the pot below where it would form a thick, jelly-like substance.

Dripping was very fatty and flavoursome and usually served with bread. I have relatives who lived on missions and this was one of their staple foods. It was poor man’s food, though perhaps the ultimate in comfort food.

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