always steam them (vegetables), sometimes we steamed them. There would be a big
black saucepan with a great big wooden handle something like you see I suppose
in the Mad Hatter's tea party, that kind of stuff. We would just do it in
water, we didn't have any, nowadays of course you braise vegetables, put them
in the oven with olive oil and things like that, unheard of in my day. Not only
we wouldn't have done it but we really couldn't afford anything. Nowadays
people buy a bottle of olive oil and think nothing of it, virgin olive oil.
That's olive oil in the cupboard and you use it. You wouldn't have done that in
those days, one thing we couldn't find it, and another thing I don't think we
could have afforded it. So we would steam them or boil them in a funny old
saucepan rather like a porridge saucepan, but very heavy things.