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Friday, March 3, 2017 1:20
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By Brian Clegg

B4INREMOTE-aHR0cHM6Ly80LmJwLmJsb2dzcG90LmNvbS8tWElSUHY2cjZGeXcvV0ZhTUl4RHVzcEkvQUFBQUFBQUFXNVkvNlhjanNFRWd2VWNNSTJPSmJTVjhOM2FUdTVQeHJ2RTJBQ0xjQi9zMzIwLzIzNTM4NDAxMV8wXzY0MHg2NDAuanBnThere are times when I have a little twinge of nostalgia for the times when food in the UK was mostly terrible. These days we relish a huge range of cuisines (though interestingly, by far the majority are non-EU – from Europe only Italian and to some extent Spanish have a significant hold nationwide). But I’m talking about the time when cooking a Vesta curry was the height of exoticism.

B4INREMOTE-aHR0cHM6Ly80LmJwLmJsb2dzcG90LmNvbS8tb0F6QnFRUDZ4bG8vV0ZhTUpENDdRX0kvQUFBQUFBQUFXNWMvbDBEVG5fMllKN1V0dEtjaE9EWURJOEdkb243aHVCWWxRQ0xjQi9zMzIwLzIzNTQwNzAxMV8wXzY0MHg2NDAuanBnThis was all brought back to me by an advert I’ve just seen for a range of frozen roast dinners. They have one unifying theme. It’s not the high quality meat. It’s not the beautifully cooked vegetables. It’s the fact that they’re all smothered in the uniform, brown-flavoured gravy of my youth, Bisto.

Ah, Bisto! Wondrous memories…

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