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Saucy Tales by Pól

June 19th, 2017 7:06 AM

INSTRUCTIONS: Every ancient condiment in the back of your fridge is a tale of neglect and abandonment. Tell us yours.

I decided to out my Father's pantry of all the out of date crackers, pasta, mouldy jam and such like. At the very back in the corner was a small red and yellow cardboard tube, the tin end was perforated and would twist to open a pattern of holes through which the contents could be sprinkled. The vintage looking lettering proudly advertised the contents as being powdered parmesan cheese.  I was instantly transported to childhood recollections of my mother making spaghetti Bolognese and the one time it arrived with a liberal sprinkling of parmesan cheese on top- It smelled strongly of sick, Tantrums and tears ensued as I firmly refused to let it pass my lips. Decades on, as I turned over the container in my hand a price tag appeared, 1/4d - one shilling and fourpence! That little tube of parmesan had sat at the back of the cupboard rejected and forgotten since pre-decimal days (1971) - I almost regret throwing it away now.

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This makes me unreasonably happy.
posted by Wetdryvac on June 20th, 2017 3:58 PM

...and almost equally unreasonably sad that the Parmesan got tossed, as I'm curious as to what it became.