Saturday, 13 April 2013

"Bread and Dripping and Buppy Sugar"

"Bread and Dripping and Buppy Sugar"

Well now, do any of you know what I am talking about? If so, you probably are of the same era as myself, brought up in a post war time of austerity, making do, mending everything and never throwing anything away because you could never know when you might need it or indeed if a replacement could ever be obtained.

The title leads me on to a favourite subject of mine, food. I can clearly remember the delights of having toast spread with dripping, which, for those of you that have no idea what that is, I will enlighten you. It is beef fat, pure beef fat, saturated of course! Did it taste great, you bet your life it did, it was Sunday tea, after the lunchtime roast, not every Sunday, don't forget, my parents could not afford  meat every weekend, it was a special treat. 

Now, after that superb repast, what to have for sweet? Yes, you have guessed it, "Buppy sugar". What the heck is that I hear you say, well once again, I will enlighten you. It was bread, spread with the thinnest coating of margarine you could imagine, then dipped in the sugar bowl. a minimum coating of sugar was obtained, but the amazing damage to teeth that occurred is legendary. A child of the fifties, the metal in my mouth is probably worth a King's ransom in these days of scrap metal being in such great demand.

As for the fat, did it do me any harm? Well, all I can say is that I am still here and enjoying life, not overweight, teeth sorted and still my own, thank goodness, not many can say that dear reader!

Until next time........


  1. Where did the word buppy come from?

  2. Hi Mal,

    The word buppy is an old Londoners term for bread with a little margarine on it. My family were from London, rather poor as most were at that time and could only afford margarine instead of butter to put on the bread. the word buppy, strange perhaps, but oh the fond memories it brings back to me
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