APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION; Call to Save Old Midland Recipes Facing Extinction

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APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION; Call to Save Old Midland Recipes Facing Extinction


Byline: MIKE LOCKLEY Staff Reporter mike.lockley@trinitymirror.com

AFOOD historian is pudding out all the stops in a bid to save two of the Midland's oldest dishes from extinction. The future is far from sweet for Bosworth Jumbles - Britain's earliest known cake - and Shropshire Fidget Pie.

Both dishes have been placed on the "critically endangered" list. It seems local folk have desserted them.

Now culinary expert Seren Evans-Charrington is planning a "bake escape" for the ancient snacks by getting them back on our tables.

"The casualty of us eating out more and embracing a more varied, global diet has been that we are at risk of losing many of our local and traditional dishes," she says.

Losing Bosworth Jumbles would mean losing a slice of medieval history. Richard III loved the "S" shaped biscuits and his chef took them onto the battlefield at Bosworth. Made from butter, sugar, eggs and flower, and flavoured with caraway seeds or aniseed, Jumbles were a very early type of pretzel.

Shropshire Fidget Pies are the Midland answer to Cornish pasties. A small pastry case is filled with a mixture of gammon, onion potatoes, cider and apple topped with cheese.

Seren issued her call to save both dishes after research revealed that 15 thoroughly British recipes are confined to the history books every year. In fact, a survey by the Co-op has revealed that a host of age-old foods and delicacies are on the brink of being lost forever.

And there are some big names on the critically endangered list.

Beef Wellington has almost gone and Bakewell Tart is clinging on. Sausage rolls are reeling and Swiss rolls are sliding downhill fast.

There has also been a steep decline in liver and onions, once one of this country's favourite meals.

In 1974, a typical household bought 36g of liver. That figure has fallen by 92 per cent to just 3g.

The recipes that 1970s housewives rustled up as exotic fare are also dramatically out-of-fashion. …

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