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*EATING IN THE FIFTIES* . . . . . . that's the 1950's. . . . !!

*EATING IN THE FIFTIES* . . . . . . that's the 1950's. . . . !!


Pasta was not eaten in England.

Curry was a surname.

A take-away was a mathematical problem.

A pizza was something to do with a leaning tower.

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

whether to put the salt on or not.

Rice was only eaten as a milk pudding.

Calamari was called squid and we used it as fish bait.

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

Brown bread was something only poor people ate.

Oil was for lubricating, fat was for cooking.

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

Sugar enjoyed a good press in those days, and was regarded as being white gold. Cubed sugar was regarded as posh.

Fish didn't have fingers in those days.

Eating raw fish was called poverty, not sushi.

None of us had ever heard of yoghurt.

Healthy food consisted of anything edible.

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

Indian restaurants were only found in India.

Cooking outside was called camping.

Seaweed was not a recognised food.

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

Prunes were medicinal.

Surprisingly, muesli was readily available, it was called cattle feed.

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!!

The one thing that we never ever had on our table in the fifties .....

"Elbows Or Phones." ! ! ! !
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Re: *EATING IN THE FIFTIES* . . . . . . that's the 1950's. . . . !!

Ooh! nostalgia.

This provokes so many memories of such happy uncomplicated days.

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Re: *EATING IN THE FIFTIES* . . . . . . that's the 1950's. . . . !!

Olive oil was warmed and dripped into the ear of a person who had ear ache. The oil was bought at the chemist's.
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Re: *EATING IN THE FIFTIES* . . . . . . that's the 1950's. . . . !!

Ah - happy days, food parcels from Canada and dried egg. While I'm here, has any one been to M & S recently? In olden days, 99% of their wares were made in Britain and one bought underwear, socks, shirts and suits, I even bought a DJ there. Fast forward to last week. SWMBO and I went to an out of town M& S waiting for our dog to come round after an anesthetic. Apart from being the biggest load of tat seen in a long time, it was like being in a dimly light aircraft hanger - a truly diabolical experience.

We couldn't get out fast enough. Do the people who run these companies ever leave their ivory towers and see for themselves why they are struggling?

David

PS just to prove I'm not always a grumpy g*t, on Sunday, I shopped in a branch of Cass Art. Good range, knowledgeable and very helpful staff, great experience.
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Re: *EATING IN THE FIFTIES* . . . . . . that's the 1950's. . . . !!

Milk came from cows or other mammals, soya, rice & almond milk had not been dreamt up yet.
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Re: *EATING IN THE FIFTIES* . . . . . . that's the 1950's. . . . !!

FIFTIES....what do you mean FIFTIES.........almost all of them apply today for me..........if it sounds foreign its crap...YUK...ha ha
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Re: *EATING IN THE FIFTIES* . . . . . . that's the 1950's. . . . !!

Pig's trotters were a treat for supper.

Fish & chips came with a free newspaper.

Babycham was a favourite drink with the ladies, or bitter lemon if they wanted something non alcoholic.

Lager was a drink that was always served with a dash of lime cordial.

Food rationing was very much a reality in 1949, the year that my parents got married. The eggs needed to make their wedding cake were sent from my Mum's uncle in Canada, packed in a box of flour that was also used for the cake.

Ice cream was vanilla, strawberry, chocolate, Neapolitan or raspberry ripple.

A pub lunch was a packet of crisps, with or without the salt.

A buffet was sandwiches, cheese or ham.

The average keen amateur photographer would use a Kodak Retina, Agfa Silette or Ilford Sportsman.

Motorway services didn't exist, neither did motorways
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Re: *EATING IN THE FIFTIES* . . . . . . that's the 1950's. . . . !!

Hey - I remember eating in the 70s. It wasn't much better. The first time I had mint-choc-chip ice cream was a revelation. And don't get me started on my mum's mashed potatoes!
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Hey - I remember eating in the 70s. It wasn't much better. The first time I had mint-choc-chip ice cream was a revelation. And don't get me started on my mum's mashed potatoes!
I seem to recall that in the 1970s our food was becoming quite sophisticated; we had Coq Au Vin for dinner parties and pubs were serving scampi or chicken and chips in a basket, all washed down with a bottle of Blue Nun. One was regarded as rather refined if one knew that the wine was a Liebfraumilch and there was even greater kudos if you knew how to spell and pronounce it correctly.
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Ooh! nostalgia.

This provokes so many memories of such happy uncomplicated days.

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In 50 years time these will be the "good ole days"

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Re: *EATING IN THE FIFTIES* . . . . . . that's the 1950's. . . . !!

Did anyone else make honeycomb? In the fifties as kids we used to come home from school (ravenous) and make it with Tate & Lyle syrup, baking powder, probably water. Boil it in a saucepan and wait to cool. The exact recipe is lost in my grey cells.

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Babycham was a favourite drink with the ladies,
There was a lovely quirky TV programme a couple of years ago called "The Rules of Drinking" about how the styles, conventions and manners have changed over the years. They interviewed a woman who had run a pub for years in a rough part of Glasgow, and needless to say she had a great fund of stories. One was that when her customers fancied being sophisticated they would drink brandy & Babycham, with the inevitable consequence that "They would forget their own names and start speaking in Spanish".

I have spent three years in evening classes trying to learn Spanish. Perhaps I should have gone to her pub instead

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Re: *EATING IN THE FIFTIES* . . . . . . that's the 1950's. . . . !!

In the '50s chicken was something that we only ate at Christmas. My aunt's neighbour Mrs Jolly always kept a capon for us. I didn't try turkey until my mid teens!

Malt extract and cod liver oil were apparently a cure for every malady known to man. I still sometimes have a craving for plain malt extract though.

I remember going to junior school (on foot of course) with a packed lunch of white sugar sandwiches and occasionally a sandwich of 2 Rich Tea biscuits with a slice of cheese between them. Very odd.

Every Wednesday my mum would go to the International Stores in Norwich and place her grocery order. I can remember being fascinated by the bacon slicers and shelves full of provisions behind the counter. She would then buy some fish from the market - it was the only day of the week when we ate fish - and return home. Later that day a cardboard box filled with groceries would be delivered as if by magic. I believe today's supermarkets have now cottoned onto this service.

Vegetables were purchased from the back of Mr Sadler's lorry which turned up every week. Bottles of Corona pop were delivered every couple of weeks and I remember feeling very grown up drinking the Cydapple flavour.

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Anyone else remember coal brick?
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