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Some nostalgia from my Dad! Perhaps a conversation starter!

August 6, 2013

Whether it’s because I am in my 50th year or some other reason, I found the following article that my Dad sent me very nostalgic.

From a networking perspective – it could provide a good conversation starter… a question about someone’s earliest food memory, first food advert ever seen could be something of a change to “how’s business?” or “what is it that you do?”.

Titled “Eating in the Fifties” it brought a whole load of memories back.  I was born in 1963 so there are a few of them that I can remember – so food and eating habits do become part and parcel of life for a fair few years.  In fact some of them I still enjoy today – the bread and jam for tea (not just a special occasion!)

Feel free to reminisce (if you can), share with those my age or older and even comment on!


*    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.  (In Scotland it was called “dross”!)

*    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, we couldn’t 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.”

However, the one thing that we never ever had on our table in the fifties ….ELBOWS!!! Or mobiles.

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