LIQUIDATED COW

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Today it is @bovril but before their ubiquity, it was ‘beef tea’.

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Beef tea has quite the history. It was originally known for its curative properties to ‘restore fortitude’. Florence Nightingale ordered an emergency consignment from @fortnums (their own brew) during the Crimean War. Patients to The London Hospital now @nhsbartshealth would initially subsist on bread, milk and beef tea, with 250g of meat in each half litre.

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There’s Bovril in my bedroom. The one of the Highland Cow crying about his lost brother. Back when @topgear was good, they made a meat smoothie using a V8 engine and some Bovril. Peculiarly, there was an advert featuring the Pope blessing some Bovril, and the line ‘the two infallible powers’. I rather enjoyed the one with Jerry Hall saying ‘are you a Bovril body?’

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Today Bovril ‘warms up the terraces’. The deep aromatic gel within becomes a restorative elixir that guards against winter chills. Or as a slow sipping cordial during a bedtime read. The cheerfully beefy flavour is also my personal secret ingredient in Spag Bol, Lasagne, and Meat and Onion Pie.

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