Bill Oldfield

Dinner parties. Don’t you just love them? However, for some hosts it seems to be a sort of torture.

I reckon they really started to become popular in the eighties. And of course I blame Delia, because she was the one who gave those who liked to cook the confidence to cook for others. She was an absolute phenomenon to such an extent that she joined the ranks of those recognisable by only their first names such as Elvis, Lulu and, er, Jordan.

If you knew someone was “Doing a Delia”, it gave you confidence that your host might be able to relax and enjoy her (because it was almost certainly a woman) evening along with her guests. Delia’s cooking was commonsense and reliability. And if that sounds boring you might not have tried some of the recipes put out by other cooks on today’s TV where the emphasis all…

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