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    Some food for thought who were around in the Fifties….

    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.

    * 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.

    * Sweets and confectionery were called toffees.

    * 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.

    * The menu consisted of what we were given, and was set in stone.

    * Only Heinz made beans, any others were impostors.

    * Leftovers went in the dog.

    * Special food for dogs and cats was unheard of.

    * Sauce was either brown or red.

    * 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. – unless they came from Europe!

    * 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.

    * Healthy food had to have the ability to stick to your ribs.

    * Calories were mentioned but they had nothing at all to do with food.

    * The only criteria concerning the food that we ate were … did we like it and could we afford it.

    * People who didn't peel potatoes were regarded as lazy so and so?s.

    * Indian restaurants were only found in India .

    * A seven course meal had to last a week.

    * Brunch was not a meal.

    * Cheese only came in a hard lump.

    * 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.

    * A tart was a fruit filled pastry, not a lady of horizontal pleasure.

    * The word” Barbie” was not associated with anything to do with food.

    * Eating outside was called a picnic.

    * Cooking outside was called camping.

    * Seaweed was not a recognised food.

    * Offal was only eaten when we could afford it.

    * Eggs only came fried or boiled.

    * Hot cross buns were only eaten at Easter time.

    * Pancakes were only eaten on Pancake Tuesday – in fact in those days it was compulsory.

    * “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 that they would never catch on.

    * The phrase “boil in the bag” would have been beyond our realms of comprehension.

    * The idea of “oven chips” would not have made any sense at all to us.

    * The world had not yet benefited from weird and wonderful things like Pot Noodles, Instant Mash and Pop Tarts.

    * 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.

    * Lettuce and tomatoes in winter were just a rumour.

    * Most soft fruits were seasonal except perhaps at Christmas.

    * 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 didn't eat Croissants in those days because we couldn't pronounce them, we couldn't spell them and we didn't know what they were.

    * We thought that Baguettes were a serious problem the French needed to deal with.

    * 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 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.

    How all so true!!!!

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