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Retro dishes that deserve a holi-every-day comeback

Retro revival-- Can you tell the difference between a Salisbury steak and a steak Diane? Do you remember cheese cones? Many dishes that graced dinner tables from decades gone by have fallen by the wayside and out of fashion. However, I think some should be given a second chance.

Here are a few retro dishes that I would like to see make a comeback...

Peach Melba- Peach Melba is a simple dessert of sweet poached peaches and tart raspberry sauce, served with vanilla ice cream. Created by Auguste Escoffier at The Savoy in London at the end of the 19th century, it was named after Australian opera star Dame Nellie Melba. These days you’re unlikely to find it on dessert menus but the simple fruit and ice cream combination is timeless.


Ambrosia- In the early 20th century, ambrosia was a ubiquitous fruit salad found at celebrations throughout the Southern US states. Sliced pineapple and orange were mixed with whipped cream. But there are many variations including ones that use tinned fruit cocktail, marshmallows, maraschino cherries, bananas, strawberries, grapes, yogurt and cream cheese. At a time when citrus fruits were only just becoming readily available, it was a luxury dish. Nowadays, the dessert is far from upmarket, but makes a quick and tasty treat.


Bananas Foster- In the early 1950s, New Orleans was a major import hub for bananas and the story goes that a chef at local restaurant Brennan’s was challenged to create a dish using the fruit. Needless to say, it was a roaring success. The dessert comprises of bananas flambéed with brown sugar, butter, cinnamon, dark rum and banana liqueur, and served with ice cream. The decadent dessert is still served at limited today, but it should be brought back everywhere.