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EATING IN THE UK IN THE FIFTIES


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#1 NickAu

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Posted 26 June 2015 - 09:50 PM

EATING IN THE UK IN THE FIFTIES


•Pasta had not been invented.
•Curry was an unknown entity.
•Olive oil was kept in the medicine cabinet
•Spices came from the Middle East where we believed that 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, anything else was regarded as being a bit suspicious.
•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 mixed with coal to make it last longer.



•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 microwave was something out of a science fiction movie.
•Brown bread was something only poor people ate.
•Oil was for lubricating your bike not for cooking; fat was for cooking
•Bread and jam was a treat.



•Tea was made in a teapot using tea leaves, not bags.
•The tea cosy was the forerunner of all the energy saving devices that we hear so much about today.
•Tea had only one colour, black. Green tea was not British.
•Coffee was only drunk when we had no tea….. and then it was Camp, 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.
•Salad cream was a dressing for salads, mayonnaise did not exist.
•Hors d'oeuvre was a spelling mistake.
•Soup was a main meal.



•The menu consisted of what we were given, and was set in stone.
•Only Heinz made beans, there were no others.
•Leftovers went in the dog, never in the bin.
•Special food for dogs and cats was unheard of.
•Sauce was either brown or red.



•Fish was only eaten on Fridays.
•Fish and chips was always wrapped in old newspapers, and definitely tasted better that way.
•Frozen food was called ice cream.
•Nothing ever went off in the fridge because we never had one.
•Ice cream only came in one flavour, vanilla.
•None of us had ever heard of yoghurt.
•Jelly and blancmange was strictly party food.
•Healthy food had to have the ability to stick to your ribs.
•Indian restaurants were only found in India .
•Cheese only came in a hard lump.



•A bun was a small cake that your Mum made in the oven.
•Eating out was called a picnic.
•Cooking outside was called camping.
•Eggs only came fried or boiled.
•Hot cross buns were only eaten at Easter time.
•Pancakes were only eaten on Shrove Tuesday – and on that day it was compulsory.



•Cornflakes had just arrived from America but it was obvious that they would never catch on.
•We bought milk and cream at the same time in the same bottle.
•Sugar enjoyed a good press in those days, and was regarded as being white gold.
•Prunes were purely 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 didn't eat Croissants in those days because we couldn't pronounce them, spell them and we didn't know what they were.



•Garlic was used to ward off vampires, but never used to flavour bread.
•Water came out of the tap, if someone had suggested bottling it and charging treble for it they would have become a laughing stock.
•Food hygiene was only about washing your hands before meals.
•Campylobacter, Salmonella, E.coli, Listeria, and Botulism were all called "food poisoning."



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Posted 27 June 2015 - 01:44 AM


•Cheese only came in a hard lump.

•Pasta had not been invented.

•The only vegetables known to us were spuds, peas, carrots and cabbage, anything else was regarded as being a bit suspicious.

 

I need my cheese square, my pasta invented, and my broccoli unsuspicous.



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Posted 27 June 2015 - 09:37 AM

I was 16 in 1950, so I remember it well.



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Posted 27 June 2015 - 06:14 PM

I hate to say that the first two lines are in error !

 

Pasta existed but in only three forms - spaghetti, macaroni and tinned in tomato sauce (a bit liked baked beans !). As a kid we were never given the tinned variety, but spaghetti or macaroni (with the above mentioned red sauce and grated lump of cheese) was a weekly regular on our table.

 

Curry definitely existed, thanks to the British Empire and our long association with India, and was very easy to make. Take a perfectly good brown stew, or pan of mince, and ruin it with add a couple of desert spoons of a strange yellow powder that came in a blue tin marked 'Curry powder'. No Indian chef would have recognised it, but it was definitely 'curry'. Said so on the tin, didn't it ?

 

'Milk puddings' were another of my mother's regular standbyes - rice pudding, samolina (with a blob of jam on top), sago (ditto) and tapioca (ditto). To this day I love rice as a savoury, but will run a mile from a 'milk pudding'.

 

Yet somehow, like most of us, I survived my childhood even if there are times I wonder how !

 

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Posted 15 July 2015 - 10:25 AM

Oh no! No pasta? No curry? What an awful world!  :hysterical:


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