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Thread: Eating in the uk in the fifties & sixties

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    Eating in the uk in the fifties & sixties


    * Pasta had not been invented.

    * Curry was a surname.

    * Olive oil was kept in the medicine cabinet

    * Spices came from the Middle East where they were used

    for embalming

    * Herbs were used to make rather dodgy medicine.

    * A takeaway was a mathematical problem.

    * A pizza was something to do with a leaning tower.

    * Bananas and oranges only appeared at Christmas time.

    * The only vegetables known to us were spuds, peas,

    carrots and cabbage,

    * All crisps were plain; the only choice we had was

    whether to put the salt on or not.

    * Condiments consisted of salt, pepper, vinegar and

    brown sauce if we were lucky.

    * Soft drinks were called pop.

    * Coke was something that we put on the fire.

    * A Chinese chippy was a foreign carpenter.

    * Rice was a milk pudding, and never, ever part of our dinner.

    * A Big Mac was what we wore when it was raining.

    * A Pizza Hut was an Italian shed.

    * A microwave was something out of a science fiction movie.

    * Brown bread was something only poor people ate.

    * Oil was for lubricating, fat was for cooking

    * Bread and jam was a treat.

    * Tea was made in a teapot using tea leaves and never green.

    * Coffee was expensive, and came in a bottle.

    * Cubed sugar was regarded as posh.

    * Figs and dates appeared every Christmas, but no one

    ever ate them.

    * Coconuts only appeared when the fair came to town.

    * Jellied eels were peculiar to Londoners.

    * Salad cream was a dressing for salads, mayonnaise did not exist

    * Hors d'oeuvre was a spelling mistake.

    * The starter was our main meal. Soup was a main meal.

    * Only Heinz made beans.

    * Leftovers went in the dog.

    * Special food for dogs and cats was unheard of.

    * Fish was only eaten on Fridays.

    * Fish didn't have fingers in those days.

    * Eating raw fish was called poverty, not sushi.

    * Ready meals only came from the fish and chip shop.

    * For the best taste fish and chips had to be eaten out

    of old newspapers.

    * Frozen food was called ice cream.

    * Nothing ever went off in the fridge because we never had one.

    * Ice cream only came in one colour and one flavour.

    * None of us had ever heard of yoghurt.

    * Jelly and blancmange was only eaten at parties.

    * If we said that we were on a diet, we simply got less.

    * Healthy food consisted of anything edible.

    * People who didn't peel potatoes were regarded as lazy.

    * Indian restaurants were only found in India .

    * Brunch was not a meal.

    * If we had eaten bacon lettuce and tomato in the same

    sandwich we would have been certified

    * A bun was a small cake back then.

    * The word" Barbie" was not associated with anything to

    do with food.

    * Eating outside was a picnic.

    * Cooking outside was called camping.

    * Seaweed was not a recognised food.

    * Pancakes were only eaten on Pancake Tuesday

    * "Kebab" was not even a word never mind a food..

    * Hot dogs were a type of sausage that only the Americans ate.

    * Cornflakes had arrived from America but it was obvious

    they would never catch on.

    * The phrase "boil in the bag" would have been beyond


    * The idea of "oven chips" would not have made any sense

    at all to us.

    * The world had not heard of Pot Noodles, Instant Mash

    and Pop Tarts.

    * Sugar enjoyed a good press in those days, and was

    regarded as being white gold.

    * Lettuce and tomatoes in winter were only found abroad.

    * Prunes were medicinal.

    * Surprisingly muesli was readily available in those

    days, it was called cattle feed.

    * Turkeys were definitely seasonal.

    * Pineapples came in chunks in a tin; we had only ever

    seen a picture of a real one.

    * We never heard of Croissants we certainly couldn't pronounce it,

    * We thought that Baguettes were a problem the French

    needed to deal with.

    * Garlic was used to ward off vampires, but never used

    to flavour food.

    * Water came out of the tap, if someone had suggested

    bottling it and charging more than petrol for it they would have

    become a laughing stock.

    * Food hygiene was all about washing your hands before meals.

    * Campylobacter, Salmonella, E.coli, Listeria, and

    Botulism were all called "food poisoning."

    * The one thing that we never ever had on our table in

    the fifties .... elbows.

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    Yes very good, but not quite true as far as I remember it.


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    Don't forget purple sprouting with small snails and sprout tops, just what kids loved to eat. atb Tim

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    Quite true and well remembered by those of us that were there at the time, mind you obesity had yet to be invented as well ,

    A clever man knows his strengths, a wise man knows his weaknesses

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    How true that is. Prunes were called , blackcoat workers in ourhouse and the dripping jar had hidden Treasures at the bottom. We were poor but happy.

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    Surely Food Poisoning hadn't been discovered, it was just a bug...?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cry Havoc View Post
    Surely Food Poisoning hadn't been discovered, it was just a bug...?
    Mild digestive upsets were probably more commonplace, what was just about unheard of was kids getting seriously ill by coming into contact with farm livestock, and meat used to be properly cooked through.

    The modern trend of it being browned around the outside and bloody red raw in the middle was yet to become fashionable. atb Tim

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    crap am i that old ! even remember havein a thunderbox at the end of yard running water was when we had to run from well before we froze . 1d per rat tail 3d for a ferrel cat from the man of god from the church yard and with 1/- in me pocket after getting up to the live stock and feeding them by hand and hand pulled cart all week before to school, remember getting the train to town for flash at saterday morning pix ,a chip crackling bun on way home ! then selling back the bottles to the pop man, that we just lifted from him around the corner ? yup i'am an old git .but would't have changed a thing ! YER LIKE F***! would have swopped me hocky boots for a pair of racing saddels in a hart beat
    Last edited by paul o'; 06-04-2013 at 15:51.

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    Faggots was still a food and not a lifestyle choice

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    Quote Originally Posted by s.stimson View Post
    Faggots was still a food and not a lifestyle choice

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