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 Post subject: Help me decode a 29 year old cookbook with extinct brands
PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2014 3:01 am 
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I have Eva Batt's Vegan Cookery, published in 1985. It looks good. Like fresh-veg-and-stodge good. But, I'm having trouble with some of the brand names that don't exist and Google doesn't recognise because apparently nostalgia for yeast extracts is a clandestine affair.

Can anyone older and wiser help me?

Barmene - "a yeast extract without the distinctive taste of marmite" is the only thing I can find. Does that mean like marmite but less salty? Would Vegemite work as it doesn't have the same bite? Or does that mean like a tartex pâté?

Tastex - "yeast extract meat-like flavour" according to a Seventh-Day Adventist book. Marmite or vegemite.

Nutter - Nut butter... but... were this an older British cookery book (like Victorian), I would read this as coconut butter, but this is italicised so it's a brand name. So, coconut butter or peanut butter?

Granogen - either sugar, suet, dried soy milk or something "used for treating neutropenia in cancer patients receiving chemotherapy". Maybe all four.

Barbados sugar - I would normally assume this meant just cane sugar, but it is clearly a specific kind of cane sugar. Muscavado?

Any help would be greatly appreciated! Vegan palaeolinguists - goooooooo!

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 Post subject: Re: Help me decode a 29 year old cookbook with extinct brand
PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2014 3:07 am 
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Barbados sugar = Muscavado.

That's all I've got.


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 Post subject: Re: Help me decode a 29 year old cookbook with extinct brand
PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2014 3:11 am 
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I think I remember Barmene as being more like Vegemite. Nutter was definitely a margarine rather than a nut butter, so yeah I'd say coconut oil. Tastex sounds like it was liquid so I might use soya sauce or some other kind of liquid seasoning.

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 Post subject: Re: Help me decode a 29 year old cookbook with extinct brand
PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2014 3:17 am 
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Granogen - either sugar, suet, dried soy milk or something "used for treating neutropenia in cancer patients receiving chemotherapy". Maybe all four.

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Haha!

I don't remember this (I was 10 when the book came out), but dried milk seems most likely. Would that work for the recipes?

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 Post subject: Re: Help me decode a 29 year old cookbook with extinct brand
PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2014 3:22 am 
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Google Books says Granogen was a powdered soymilk.

EDIT: ah, dropscone is quicker on the draw.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2014 3:29 am 
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Google had me thinking Tastex could be shortening OR margarine. However, Ebay has old tins for "Tastex Margarine Shortening" so I guess it's a single product.

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Thanks everyone!

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2014 8:21 pm 
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What a neat thread.

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What a neat thread.

Yeah, I like it. The archaeology of veganism.

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