Using a 100 year old camera

Being stuck indoors more than I would prefer recently has had a profound effect on the amount of time I've been able to dedicate to hobbies old and new (AKA buggering-around-in-the-garage). I recently passed my 30th birthday (*groan*), for which my partner very kindly bought me a near 100 year old Kodak No. 1 Pocket camera. I would have been very happy just having this photography relic as a decoration, but I have now managed to get some photos out of it! There were a few versions of these old folding cameras from Kodak, but here is the version that I have from somewhere around the 1920s. 

Nando's Macho Peas at Home

I think Nando's is primarily a British thing, so for those unaware it's basically a chain of chicken restaurants that seems to be frequented largely by local teenagers. They make a mean pea-based side dish that I quite like, so I originally filmed the Mrs when she made our rip-off version at home. Due to one thing and another, she never recorded the voice over so I put the following quick video together one afternoon.

They're actually pretty close to the ones you get in the restaurant. But don't kid yourself, they're not exactly good for you! See below for written recipe.

Video from the blog of the Mrs: Graceless Living.


  • Petit Pois (enough for two people)
  • Fresh bird eye chillis (one or two depending on your taste). Finely chopped.
  • A handful of fresh mint. Finely chopped.
  • 1 tbsp of fresh parsley. Finely chopped.
  • Large knob of Butter.
  • Salt & Pepper.
  • No need to be too exact with the quantities!


  1. Boil the peas until al dente.
  2. Non-bourgeois translation: cook until edible but still firm to bite.
  3. Add an angina-inducingly large knob of butter to a small frying pan and cook on a low heat.
  4. Strain the peas, bash them up a bit with a masher and set to one side. There should still be some whole peas left in the dish.
  5. Add the chopped chillis, parsley and mint to the butter, and heat gently for a minute.
  6. Add the peas to the pan, mix well, season to taste, and then serve.