In advance of a 1930s themed birthday party we are going to at the weekend, I have been searching the internet for some ideas for canapes from that area that I can make and take. Whilst browsing some really lovely websites, I came across a reference to Mabel Claire who I must confess I had not heard of before. Apparently she was held up as an example of an ideal housewife, with modern time saving ideas.
One piece of advice that I really liked was, when preparing dinner, not to forget to powder your nose. Why? The woman who serves up roast bride with the roast lamb is not a thoroughly successful wife. While on one hand you could say that it sounds a little bit dated, but it is true, the surest way to indigestion is to serve up food with a frown or a grump or a thump of the plate as you bang it down to demonstrate just how much effort went into it. A smile is the best seasoning there is.