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    24 Absolutely Horrendous Vintage Recipes

    Mmmm, so much meaty gelatine.

    1. "Salad".

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    Yep, looks like a salad to me.

    2. A nice dinner, trapped forever in a gelatinous prison.

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    A simple supper that takes over four hours to make.

    3. Meringue farm animals drowning in a yellow gelatine sea.

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    "Please help us, mother."

    4. Vegetable quiche in aspic.

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    5. Slices of processed cheese carefully layered on top of canned beef stew.

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    6. Fizzy 7-Up milk.

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    "Mix chilled 7-Up and cold milk in equal parts."

    I actually tried to make this in the office kitchen. It curdled.

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    7. Sad meaty fruit.

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    Why would you do this?

    8. Flaming sausage lettuce crown with a side of wet macaroni.

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    Let's take a moment to look at this. Ignore the Old Fashioned, we don't care about that. In the background, that appears to be a lettuce on fire with sausages on sticks stuck in it, with a side dish of very lumpy looking macaroni cheese. Lovely.

    9. A large jelly salmon.

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    Three hundred timely fish recipes! Three hundred!

    10. Stew frozen in time forever.

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    Why have separate foods on your plate when you can spend hours creating a lovely wobbly stew loaf?

    11. This horror.

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    Prawns do not deserve this death.

    12. Sexy-looking banana candles.

    13. Tooth-dissolving prune and marshmallows served over ice cream with melted marshmallow sauce.

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    Imagine getting this at a dinner party.

    14. Ham in aspic, surrounded by a moat of a mystery gelatinous substance.

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    Mmmm, gravy jelly.

    15. A really chill log.

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    16. Jellified beetroot and pineapple salad.

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    17. Dead shrimp diving into a pool of rice and mystery fish.

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    Apologies to Spain for this bastardisation of paella.

    18. Cheese fudge.

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    Fudge. Made out of cheese. I am done.

    19. A really suspicious-looking piece of stuffed fish.

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    Nothing funny to see here.

    20. Jellied tomato.

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    Ahh, nothing like a nice glass of tomato-flavoured jelly after a long day at work.

    21. This horrific space cake.

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    How to make sure nobody turns up to your kid's next birthday party.

    22. Spam and banana fritters.

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    People in the past did not deserve bananas.

    23. Another fruity meat surprise.

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    24. And this, a crown of roast frankfurters.

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    Truly fit for a queen.

    H/T the justified sinner and The Weight Watchers Recipes of 1974 for some of the horrible recipes.

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