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April 18, 2007

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Barry

New Zealand was not into olives in the 1970's, so our hedgehogs were a little more humble than yours, involving pineapple and cheese on an orange.

elsewhere

Ah, even better! No doubt it was canned pineapple.

Laura Carroll

you could get a pineapple, carve it into a boat, and fill it up with gherkin dip, or something like this

http://www.flickr.com/photos/arabella/26880066/

is always a guaranteed crowdpleaser.

Watermelon or canteloupe possibly stabbed St.Anthony style full of toothpicks crowned with olives, bits of cabana, green and yellow cocktain onions, and cubes of smoked cheese. I think it must be smoked. A melon baller is a good kitsch food implement. The gherkins can also be stacked into those sectioned up serving dishes accompanied by devilled eggs or smoked oysters.

Pavlov's Cat

You could also cut the gherkins into slices and make them the third layer on top of miniature slices of cheese on top of Jatz crackers or (even better) Salada quarters, but that may be going too far back in time.

From memory, Laura, I think melons were too cool to be the basis of a hedgehog in the (early) seventies. I'm with Barry, I reckon it was oranges. Which are firmer, too -- I've got visions of a coktail-onion-laden toothpick sagging down through the soft flesh of a watermelon before falling sadly onto the table.

Pavlov's Cat

Um, cocktail.

ThirdCat

Oranges.

Gherkins can be cut into all manner of fancy shapes, including crocodiles. I've seen it done, but never done it myself.
Are you doing anything with cream cheese? A cream cheese mouse or two on the cheese platter always goes down a treat (use thin strips of licorice for the whiskers).

You might like to use the recipe called the 'smiling dolphin' - which is tomato juice in a glass. Then decorated with a banana which has a slit to look like a mouth and a small piece of tomato as the tongue.

If you are serving cocktail frankfurts, with a bit of time and a couple of toothpicks (which you will no doubt have in abundance this being the seventies), they can be fashioned into the shape of sausage dogs complete wih legs etc. This is time-consuming, but effective.

Pity it's not a dinner party, I know an ace recipe for jellied peas.

gillian

And don't forget pigs in blankets and devils on horseback as well!

I have an original Women's Weekly big cookbook from the 70s, I'll have a look for you and see what they say.

elsewhere

Thanks, all. My mind is just reeling with dazzling possibilities!

TPS

i secretly like pigs in blankets!

also - i KNOW someone in alice has a fondue. i think it could be leon?

and bring on the frankfurters and sauce.

elsewhere

Well, if you can run the fondue set to ground, please bring it by all means.

Francis Xavier Holden

To stick to the 70's theme: some people also wore Jerkins and years ago some wore merkins.

Don't forget the music, KISS, DSOTM Pink Floyd, Exile on Main St, Hotel California, Bowie.

Clothes - hot pants, velvet everything, big jangly dangly jewellry. Patchouli Oil, candles, Blue Nun wine, bean bags, headbands, dope, lots of cigarettes, no bras, boob tubes, sexual libertines.

Funny how not everything changes.

elsewhere

Perhaps it doesn't change in your neck of the woods, FXH. (How much merkin-wearing was there?)

Wasn't KISS the eighties? I remember iceskating to them at Blacktown Ice during the early 80s (perhaps I'm splitting straws here).

Anyone wearing patchouli oil will be barred at the door, probably by one of the cats.

nick cetacean

I soon as I heard the word "gherkin" I thought immediately and only of two things: Jatz and coon (er, cheese that is). (But somewhere got there before me).

It's the preeminent party snack of the 70's (at least of these offered to undiscriminating children).

Kiss formed in 1973. I recall they toured Adelaide in 1979? Tickets were 13.99. Out of my league...

nick cetacean

I soon as I heard the word "gherkin" I thought immediately and only of two things: Jatz and coon (er, cheese that is). (But somewhere got there before me).

It's the preeminent party snack of the 70's (at least of these offered to undiscriminating children).

Kiss formed in 1973. I recall they toured Adelaide in 1979? Tickets were 13.99. Out of my league...

elsewhere

Hmm, I do know of someone trying to take a class action against Coon.

Laura

Good, because they're a national disgrace.

susoz

I still make cheese (not Coon) and gherkin sandwiches for school lunches. (You can buy organic gherkins where I am.)

Mark

In my childhood, it was whole pineapple, peeled, the eyes cut out artfully, with the top leafy bits still on.

Cut-up frankfurts, cubed cheese and whatever else was in vogue, stuck on toothpicks, were 'hedgehogged' on to the upright pineapple.

I had fun doing one as a teenager, trying to re-create what I saw as a kid.

elsewhere

The pineapple will be hedgehogged next time...

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