A Culinarily Trip ..

You might be asking what on earth is this section doing on a vintage radios & television website. Well although those two things are the main subject matter, you might also have noticed I bring you all sorts of 1970’s ephemera. There’s the 70’s Argos catalogues from issue No.1.  Also the Green Shield catalogue and others. Then the 70’s commercials section, lets not forget the 70’s nostalgia section, plus there’s many more such articles scattered about. I thought why not for a bit of fun, visit some of the things our mums dished up when we were kids. Anyone remember watching the fearsome Fanny Cradock and poor old Johnnie?

My mums favourite was “The Galloping Gourmet”

So here at Radios-TV we have the new section “In The 70’s Kitchen”  which will feature nostalgic 70’s culinary delights. Every so often I’ll knock something up that I had as a kid and still enjoy cooking/eating 40 odd years later. I may even attempt some classic meals I didn’t have, but might liked to have tried. In fact you may be surprised nay! shocked! I have an authentic 70’s kitchen, its a bit worn around the edges but aren’t we all. Don’t all run screaming at the sheer horror of it all and the “loud” tiles, and yes all I see are the words OXO too. If you didn’t before you do now.

Without further ado, today I cooked up one of my favourites my mum used plonk on the table, sausage casserole. Nothing fancy or grand,  cheap which was needed on a housewife’s budget in the 70’s. A hearty plate of nosh for those Autumn/winter evenings, we as kids loved it and still do all these years later.


Sausage Casserole
  • 8  Pork Sausages. I use Richmond, I prefer these as there’s no nasty gristly bits and my kid sausage habits still persist. If these make you barf! then use your own discretion and preference of porker.
  • 1 Whole Onion
  • 1 Punnet of Mushrooms
  • Half a bag of ‘Charlotte’ Potatoes
  • 2 tins of Baked Beans
  • 1 handful of runner bean
  • 1 cup of garden peas
  • 1 Schwartz sausage casserole mix
  • 1 heaped teaspoon of English mustard
  1. Chop the Charlotte pots into 1-2cm slices, transfer to a pot and par boil for 10-12 mins.
  2. Fry the sausages until golden brown, approx 8-10 mins on medium heat. Once this is done quarter them.
  3. Chop onion into large slices, chop mushrooms into quarters and fry off in another pan.
  4. Drain and add the par boiled pots to a large casserole dish. Add the chopped sausages, onion and mushrooms.
  5. Now add  two tins of beans, the cup of peas and handful of runner beans.
  6. Finally add the casserole mix and teaspoon of mustard and stir carefully.
  7. Gas oven should be pre-heated to gas mark 3.
  8. Transfer dish to oven and cook for 2 hours. Check every 30-40mins and stir

Hope you enjoy and are tempted to have a go. Maybe you’ve just departed to violently retch at the sheer thought of its 70’s naffness! In which case you’re probably in the wrong place and need to go here.

p.s. This section is just a bit of fun, a little light relief from the technical side of life. Any comments, ideas or requests, use the form below. As ever all comments are queued for approval prior to publishing.

Whats Next ?…

we shall have to see, might be another meal or perhaps a cheesecake or prawn cocktail. Maybe a 70’s buffet. Most likely it will be a lovely pie my mum used took dish up and it was a family favourite for years and years.


8 Replies to “A Culinarily Trip ..”

  1. Apart from the colour scheme in the first photo, those kitchen units, hob and oven are virtually the same today. It’s 40 odd years ago, if you have a photo of a 50’s kitchen 20’years earlier it would be very different.

    The sausage casserole looks great but far too big for one, although I could freeze it into portions.

    May try that this winter.


    • Hi Frank,

      You can get modern kitchens that are 70’s inspired and the colours are all coming back, even seen Avocado Green and a bright yellow one, even orange. We’re saving up and hope perhaps one day to have something that tips a wink to the 70’s.

      As for the casserole size, freezing into portions is a great idea or you could invite the girls over, I’m sure they’ll help you polish it off.


      • Two years ago upon the occasion of their ruby wedding anniversary, my brother and sister-in-law held a celebratory dinner in 1975 style.

        So whilst I can’t remember the starter (certainly wasn’t prawn cocktail) we did have chicken in a basket (with chips) and Black Forest gateau for dessert. All home-made I hasten to add!

        I have a soft spot for 1970s cookery: it was a period where we started to experiment with foods and tastes from abroad, but there was still simplicity and a lack of pretence about it – no knowing the name of the animal you’re eating, no obscure ingredients, no strange methods of cookery, no bastardisation of English recipes by adding a foreign “twist”.

        Good fun can be had by seeking out the cookery books often sold along with your 1970s electric cooker, or in addition there were a range of softback cookery books produced in the 1970s by Marks and Spencer. Well worth seeking out.


          • Oooo this has got me all salivating. Agreed chicken in a basket with chips is scrummy! Accompanied with a pint of the finest Bitter.

            I really hankered after a Black Forrest gateau a couple of weeks ago, I’d not had one in years and I mean years, probably 20 or more. Must admit I cheated and bought one, tasted as good as I remembered.


  2. I could possibly cook the casserole when I am next with the family, probably half term unless they visit me and cause chaos here. They are great 8 year olds, they just run rings around me.

    I didn’t know about the latest style kitchen, the one I have is functional and works, unless there are major problems it will not be replaced.


  3. I was looking at a 1970’s cookery book today at the local library, one recipe I did not fancy was “ Fish in Custard”, full instructions for cooking the fish and making the custard.
    I suppose it’s main course and sweet in one pot.



    • OMG!! Bluggghhh! ….. Now that brings back a childhood memory

      When I was a kid and my mum was frustrated with me being picky over food, she’d threaten me with ‘Kippers N Custard’. I had no idea it was not too far from the truth.


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