|In World War II, innovation in style ruled!
by Gayle Lynds
I’m proud to be a human being. I like that whether we’re authors or food servers or teachers or business folks, we have a crazy (as in, crazy like a fox) drive not only to survive but to use what we have at hand to make things a bit better. Or easier. Or even fun.
I have fond memories of my mother in the early 1950s when we had little money (it wasn’t until decades later that we had some money) drawing lines up the backs of her long legs with an eyebrow pencil to mimic the seams on hosiery, which well-dressed women were expected to wear when they went out.
There was no money for hosiery, but a single eyebrow pencil could decorate the eyebrows, the eyes, and the backs of legs. A bargain. And dancing ensued.
Then there was the time Mom brought home a roll of aluminum foil, which I’d never seen before. Giving the whole thing to me, she showed me how to crinkle it, fold it, cut it, and make shapes with it. What a fabulous toy.
With great parental wisdom, she left me alone to create people the size of paper dolls and a boat for them to sail in, and a crown for me to wear. She took me outside, crown firmly on my head, and set me down at the base of our buckeye tree where she arranged my creations around me. Finally, despite my protests, she put my baby sister in my lap. I’d had experience with my sister and knew this was a dangerous (for me) situation.
|Britain’s National Bread was a staple of World War II
But mom was all smiles and pride as she took a photo. I, however, screamed. My sister had wet her diaper right through to my summer dress. Mom gave me a lot of sympathy and a clean sundress. As I learned that day, life would go on.
Now in my old(er) age I feel a lot of pride in how so many of us around the world are pulling together to feed, clothe, house, educate, and support one another in numerous ways. These commonsense acts of humanity help to abate the horror and the worry of our times.
One of the latest contributions I find personally wonderful is the revival of Britain’s National Loaf, created in 1942. “As politicians invoke memories of World War II’s ‘Blitz Spirit,’ some of the nation’s bakers are taking a more direct cue from history,” according to NBC News. The National Loaf is “a nutrient-dense whole wheat bread. Today, as was the case back then, a scarcity of ingredients and a concern for public health are challenging the culinary status quo.” And darker bread is better for us, too.
Since I grew up smelling the delicious aroma of my mother’s homemade bread baking in the oven, just reading about the National Loaf brought back wonderful memories.
|Disney is keeping the magic alive with classic recipes
At the other end of the food spectrum is dessert. Restaurants, stores, and food companies are revealing special recipes and donating cartons and crates of eaters’ favorites.
“The parks may be closed, but Disney has been unveiling special surprises since social distancing measures were introduced,” says People magazine.
Recently, Disney shared the recipe for its famous fan-fave frozen nondairy Dole Whip, made with only three ingredients that you may already have stocked for quarantine. It’s easy to make, and a sweet way to relieve those quarantine blues.
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