Where I lived we used the " Ginger Beer Plant " ....
I remember my mum making one in one of my dads beer brewing tubs.Where I lived we used the " Ginger Beer Plant " .... in the base of a large container was poured in a mix of sugar , ginger and yeast ... after a few days the whole lot would hubble and bubble ... I think sugar and ginger were then added regularly .... at some stage the clear liquid was carefully decanted into Pop Bottles with stone screw tops .... these were then stored somewhere cool and dark ... fermenting continued ... occasionally tops would blow off .... to drink a top would be carefully unscrewed and a fizzy drink gently poured out ... it was spicy ... the beauty was to start the next batch you cut the " Plant " in half and the process repeated ... the cut half being passed on to one of your friends
I had a bottle of Fentimans Dandelion and Burdock but a few weeks ago ... I think I instantly became more than sixty years younger ... we used to sometimes mix it with a scoop of ice cream .
Love the stuff, however lots of sugar and as I’m borderline diabetic I cut it out and moved to lemon & lime sparking water.
However, I have found Dandelion & Burdock Gin which i can drink without worrying about the carbs.
Proper bottle of Lucozade. Not the pap they sell now.
I can remeber the taste of something we'll not have again.
Same here, only my mum is still alive at 88, only i do remember the bottles exploding on occasions. She kept them on the window ledge in the bathroom, the coldest room in the house. No central heating or double glazing back in the 50's.My mother made ginger beer using ingredients including root ginger and sugar. It was made in a biggish glazed pot (not the sort found under the bed) and transferred into old pop bottles to mature. It was non-alcoholic, she said, but in retrospect the fact that she floated yeast on the mix might have resulted in fermentation. We never found the recipe when she died, more's the pity.
I can remember when Wall's/Lyons Maid ice cream could be bought paper wrapped in small block and cylinder shapes. The cylinder shaped ones could be put in a cone made to its shape or an oblong shaped cone for the small blocks (if that makes sense). Alternatively, the small blocks could be placed between two flat wafers (called a slider).
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There used to be large papier mache versions of the cones stood outside sweet shops.
This must have been before Cornettos and before soft serve ice cream from machines became popular. (I understand that the then young food chemist, Margaret Thatcher had a hand in squirty ice cream).
In addition to Walls and Lyons Maid, you could get El Dorado, Neilson's and Midland Counties (all also owned by J. Lyons) ice cream, although these were not so universally available and the names eventually disappeared.
Used to go shopping in Burnt Oak every Saturday with mum in 50s
Peacocks is closed or closing.Well, it's probably a little changed since then. It suffered the same Asian invasion as the rest of that part of London, except now it is also Little Romania. The Bald Faced Stag has been converted into flats.
The big Co-op department store on the corner of Stag Lane is a rundown looking Peacocks. Oh, and the trolleybuses have gone.
That was another brand acquired by J. Lyons & Co. They started off as an Italian mum and dad outfit in Burnt Oak NW9 (in a shop very near to where Tesco started out).
(To all you budding entrepreneurs out there, get a shop in Burnt Oak.)