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WI: Rodmell and Southease WI had an evening of celebration of 100 years of the WI on Tuesday September 15. We cooked some recipes from the war time era and tried them out on each other. I made oat macaroons from my grandmothers cookery book, which must be all of 100 years old as she died (69 years) in 1963. What did surprise me was that she had a recipe for Banoffi Pie in it but it wasn’t dated. This is the recipe: 4oz butter, 9oz crushed ginger biscuits, 6oz caster sugar, two ripe bananas, can of Nestles milk, 5oz double cream, whipped, flaked chocolate, lemon juice.

Method. Simmer condensed milk in the tin in water for 2 ½ hours. Crush biscuits to make base and chill. Slice bananas and dip in lemon juice. Whip cream. Arrange condensed milk and bananas over biscuit base and top with whipped cream. Sprinkle grated or flaked chocolate.

I have never made this as it’s too rich for me. I know it was a great favourite at the Hungry Monk restaurant at Jevington who it’s said invented it, but I don’t know when. My grandmother learnt to cook in France as her family had a chateaux there which I’m told by French friends is now a housing estate.

DISLIKES: A few weeks ago the Sussex Express asked readers what things they disliked. I don’t know how much response they got. My dislikes are tattoos and people who don’t say please or thank you. I wonder if tattoos are now going out of fashion since Victoria Beckham has recently had some removed, according to the papers, an expensive and painful procedure I understand, especially if her husband takes the same view. A quote in one paper said that tattoos are ‘about as posh as a pint of snakebite.’ Could it be the death knell for tats? I actually love some of the Celtic designs but on paper, not skin.

INSIDE: As well as cows now being kept in from roaming outside and getting fresh air, it seems beagles for medical research may be kept indoors for their entire lives. As someone who loves these dogs and kept several over a period of 40 years, this seems incredibly cruel, because by breeding and nature they are hounds and love to roam, ask any Beagle owner.

PROMS: I love watching Last Night of the Proms and it amused me to hear a German tenor sing Rule Britannia with such power and enthusiasm, in fact the enthusiasm had such an effect on the ladies they threw their knickers at him. Were they the teenagers of the past who did the same to tom Jones? What is Last Night of the Proms coming to?

LADIES THAT LUNCH: the conversations at my Ladies That Lunch gatherings take on many topics (sex and illness banned) and one of the topics so often talked about is modern technology. Several ladies have acquired new cars recently and the dashboards resembling the flight deck of a jet aircraft do not impress them. Many of us, including men I might add, don’t ever use or know what a good many of the knobs are. Are there design offices with very bored designers just looking for more ways to confuse us? I’ve often said that a company named Simply Simple would make a fortune selling basics. It would be Heaven for many bemused and confused humans. Evidently breakdown companies are attending 17,000 calls a month from drivers because warning lights and high-tech computer systems fitted in new cars are posing serious problems for the bewildered motorists. Glad I’m not the only one and my car is 11 years old soon.

HARVEST: I have my tickets for Harvest Supper on October 9. Have you? Better not leave it too late as it’s a very popular event. Harvest Festival is at Rodmell Church on Sunday October 11 at 11am.

TALK: I see that Debbie Twitchen, who used to live in Rodmell as a child and went to Rodmell School, when she was Debbie Waters, gave a talk about the Lewes food Bank at the Kingston Harvest Festival.

TRAFFIC: I have noticed no end of motorists turning right from the Waitrose exit road onto the main road, cutting across the traffic. I’ve seen quite a few near misses. Maybe a new larger sign needs to be on the main road right opposite the Waitrose exit road, then motorists can’t say they haven’t seen it. You are supposed to turn left and go on the one way system to get back to the main road. Please note those that chance it. The number to ring if you see anyone doing this is Bad Driving 01243 642222. You need to give time, reg number of offending car and any other details.

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