Looking Back....

Posted by M ws On Monday, January 14, 2013 0 comments

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 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

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 comprehension

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

*Thanks to Kassim who sent me this post.


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