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Saving Yesterday For Tomorrow

…a collector of those Nestle labels? The one we have below had a simple recipe printed on the back.

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My aunt and I used to collect some of these back then. Then I decided to paste them in an old diary. Do they still print such things today? On a lighter note…were you also a recipe-hoarder? :)

  1. NCK says:

    They still have food recipes and pictures on the labels today – one recipe for each type of evaporated milk, and there are only about three or four types. If you like the recipes, you just need to take a photo shot of each one with your cellphone instead of collecting the labels. Besides, cookbooks are available beyond numbers – some priced at just a few ringgits.

  2. Ipoh Remembered says:

    Did not collect those labels, or recipes, sorry.

    Here’s something I remember from the late ’60s and early ’70s: On the reverse of certain labels —probably cans of milk — they printed attractive pictures of local animals — I remember fish and birds — and kids used to collect those. Somehow they obtained “albums” from the same company with paragraphs of information about the animals; and next to each paragraph was a blank rectangle where you could paste in the picture once it was in your collection.

    Also, with other products, there were sometimes little cards included — bread from Cold Storage, I think, was one of them — and on those cards were pictures of modern cars, vintage airplanes, and the like, with information on the reverse.

    I knew a number of kids who collected these things, trading them with each other and even inventing games that were played using them (as well as winning or losing them).

    • Ngai C O says:

      Hi felicia,

      My late wife had a binder sold by a Women’s Magazine, which she bought at Arif Store, to file the recipes like you.

      In addition, she collected recipes from magazines, newspapers, hand written ones from friends, relatives and even photocopied from other sources.

      I think my daughter has the binder now.

      If we want any recipe now, we just click.

      Take Char Siu for example, there are so many versions on You Tube. Everyone claims his/hers is the authentic version.

      We often hear chefs telling us their recipes come from their grandmothers or passed down generations ago, both western and eastern without exception. Hawkers also make these claims. Whether we believe it is another matter.

      I can tell you my mother made the best tasting fish cake in the world. She used a variety of fish which we Cantonese speaking people know it as ‘Sai To’.

      She used a Chinese cleaver, a heavy chopping board and some ingredients to turn the fish into a very tight and elastic mass. She would then fry it.

      It was about half an hour of labourous work pounding the mixture in a criss cross manner until the consistency that she was satisfied with.

  3. NCK says:

    IpohWorld seemed to be off-line last night. The ‘Ideal’ evaporated milk today bears the stamp of F&N and no longer has any recipe on its label. However, another series of F&N evaporated milk has one recipe for each of its three (or four) types of the milk. If you like the recipes, you just need to take out your cellphone and take photo shots of the labels in a supermarket. Besides, cookbooks are available beyond number in all bookstores, and some priced at just a few ringgit each.

  4. sk says:

    Yes, remembered the Recipe from the Evaporated Milk . The milk was used for Ice Kachang. They used this milk for for Hong Kong Tea or ” Lai Char”.

  5. NCK says:

    The ‘Ideal’ evaporated milk today bears the F&N logo and no longer has any recipe on its label. However, another series of F&N evaporated milk has one recipe on the label for each of its three (or four) flavours of the milk. If you like the recipes, you just need to take out your cellphone and take photo shots of the labels in a supermarket. Besides, cookbooks are available beyond number at bookstores, and some priced at just a few ringgit each.

  6. NCK says:

    The ‘Ideal’ evaporated milk today bears the F&N logo and no longer has any recipe on its label. However, another series of F&N evaporated milk has one recipe, on the label, for each of its three (or four) flavours of the milk. I have noticed these recipes because I sometimes buy evaporated milk to add flavour to my cup of joe (coffee).

    If you like the recipes, you just need to take out your cellphone and take photo shots of the labels in a supermarket. Besides, cookbooks that can make a chef of you are available beyond number at bookstores. Some priced at just a few ringgit each. Tempted by the low prices, I bought a few to decorate my shelf. Today, the chef’s best dishes are still instant noodles.

  7. felicia says:

    Hello Readers,
    We apologise for the technical problems you may have encountered while logging in / commenting on our blog. We’ve moved to a new office (as of last week) and are still in the midst of settling down. At the moment, we do not have phone or Internet lines (we’re relying on our own Wi-Fi gadgets). Perhaps, this could be one of the reasons why you cannot get through to us?
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