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Old 06-19-2009, 02:08 PM   #85
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OK how did they get their rigs over there! How about someone planning the real thing again!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am game to help anyone interested.
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Old 06-19-2009, 02:12 PM   #86
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1950s Era Recipes

The following two recipes are favorites of my family to make use of leftover mashed potatoes. Both of these recipes were probably developed in the 1930s, but are something that the caravanners may have utilized to make full use of any leftovers. One of these recipes came from my auntís recipe box with a date of 1951 (Potato Cake), and the other came from my grandmotherís recipe box dated 1938 (Potato Doughnuts):

Potato Cake.

2 cups sugar
1 cup mashed (potatoes - warm)
1 cup butter
1 cup raisins
1 cup chopped nuts
1 cup milk
2 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa
4 eggs
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. cloves
Bake at 350 degrees about 1 1/2 hours in iron skillet.


Old-Fashioned Mashed Potato Doughnuts

Ingredients:
4 cups flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup mashed potatoes
3 tablespoons shortening
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, well beaten
1 cup milk


Directions:
Sift first 5 ingredients together. Cream sugar and shortening, add potatoes and eggs. Add to flour mixture, with milk, to form a soft dough that you can handle. Roll out on floured board 1/2 inch thick; cut with doughnut cutter.

Cook in deep, hot fat till brown on both sides (turn when first crack appears) Drain on paper towels. Serve plain or coated with powdered sugar. Even better when served with extra-vanilla bean glaze.
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How and why not?

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OK how did they get their rigs over there! How about someone planning the real thing again!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am game to help anyone interested.
Rigs went by freighters.

There were plans to go to Africa this year. A very ill-advised Caravan. They stopped their plans last year when they could't find a sponser for tow vehicles. Again Africa as was in 1959-1960 is gone forever. The Africa today is something to watch on PBS, History Channel, read about in National Geographics, or hear the latest on CNN or Fox.

Cape to Cario Caravan 2009, you go and tow your Airstreams over the bridge.
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50th Anniversary Cape (Town)To Cairo Caravan and Rally

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The Capetown to Cairo caravanners transported their Airstreams and tow vehicles via ocean going vessels. Wally Byam was credited with developing the cradle utilized to load the Airstreams. There is a movie chronicling their adventure that shows some of the Airstreams being loaded aboard ship.

There was a concerted effort to retrace this caravan, but the plan was abandoned for several reasons. Probably the most over-riding concern was safety as there has been extreme civil turmoil in several of the countries on the route raising questions about whether anyone could insure adequate security. Cost may have been a small part of the issue, but there were still a number of interested parties despite the rather steep estimated cost -- unlike the original caravan, the plan was to leave the trailers once the caravan was completed rather than binging them back to the US -- and tow vehicles were going to be sourced overseas rather than shipped.

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Africa today

yes i have been to Africa mostly to the southern countries and Cairo.
Too bad the times of yesterday can not be repeated today. It may be possible but not sure how long it would take and of course certain countries would have to be avoided.
thanks for the quick responses!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WE now have a 56 and not sure hubby would take a chance taking her to Africa however I am always game for adventure. I would think shipping car and trailer would be quite costly. A few thousand dollars and then in alexandria who knows about the port controls. Oh well !!!!!!!!!!!
we can always dream and perhaps it may in fact become a reality.
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Thank you for posting some recipes from the 50s. Very interesting making donuts with potato.....I remember we were still eating depression food at grandmas through the 50s...Mac and cheese, Cabbage and winners, beans and cornbread, Beans and rice, Hungarian Goulash, etc. Come to think of it we still eat these foods once in a while.

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The following two recipes are favorites of my family to make use of leftover mashed potatoes. Both of these recipes were probably developed in the 1930s, but are something that the caravanners may have utilized to make full use of any leftovers. One of these recipes came from my auntís recipe box with a date of 1951 (Potato Cake), and the other came from my grandmotherís recipe box dated 1938 (Potato Doughnuts):

Potato Cake.

2 cups sugar
1 cup mashed (potatoes - warm)
1 cup butter
1 cup raisins
1 cup chopped nuts
1 cup milk
2 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa
4 eggs
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. cloves
Bake at 350 degrees about 1 1/2 hours in iron skillet.

Old-Fashioned Mashed Potato Doughnuts

Ingredients:
4 cups flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup mashed potatoes
3 tablespoons shortening
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, well beaten
1 cup milk

Directions:
Sift first 5 ingredients together. Cream sugar and shortening, add potatoes and eggs. Add to flour mixture, with milk, to form a soft dough that you can handle. Roll out on floured board 1/2 inch thick; cut with doughnut cutter.

Cook in deep, hot fat till brown on both sides (turn when first crack appears) Drain on paper towels. Serve plain or coated with powdered sugar. Even better when served with extra-vanilla bean glaze.
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Mayonnaise cake has been a favorite in our family for many many generations. I guess because you didn't have to have eggs to make it. Very moist Very good. My Aunt Ruby was the one that always made the Cake. She would make a homemade fudge icing for it topped with whole pecans...WONDERFUL!
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Popular 50's Meals and Desserts

I found this link to a site that has a timeline for foods. Check it out....You might want to add it to your favorites. The Food Timeline: popular American decade foods, menus, products & party planning tips
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I found this link to a site that has a timeline for foods. Check it out....You might want to add it to your favorites. The Food Timeline: popular American decade foods, menus, products & party planning tips
This is a nice resource. I have bookmarked it.

Thanks Kani.

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Anyone interested in a shirt with a Cape to Cairo logo on it? I was tweaking my art a little. I was leaning toward a plain white shirt with this design small on the pocket. Anyone interested?
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Or have several trucks pulling trailers in a caravan. They would have to be smaller though

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I might can make that work!
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How do you like this with Pee Wee's rig
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Amy and I are here laughing with LOVE.

I think we should offer both shirts for this rally.

The shirts I am having made are three color silk screens pictured exactly like below and will cost $15.00.


OTR...can you let us know what those cute tee's will run?

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