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5th October 2013
Top Picture: Hands up all of you whose parents had a flight of ducks on the wall. We did, my Dad made them!
Bottom Picture: The look of the ‘50’s
Steve has sent me these observations on eating in the 1950’s
EATING IN IN THE FIFTIES
Pasta had not been invented.
Curry was just 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.
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 or tomato 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 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, fat was for cooking
Tea was made in a teapot using tea leaves and was 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.
Salad cream was a dressing for salads, mayonnaise did not exist
Only Heinz made beans.
Leftovers went in the dog.
Special food for dogs and cats was unheard of except ‘lights’.
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.
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 but we had heard of junket.
Jelly and blancmange was only eaten at parties.
Indian restaurants were only found in India .
If we had eaten bacon lettuce and tomato in the same sandwich we would have been certified
Eating outside was a picnic. Cooking outside was called camping.
Seaweed was not a recognised food.
Pancakes were only eaten on Shrove Tuesday
"Kebab" was not even a word never mind a food.
Hot dogs were a type of sausage that only the Americans ate.
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.
Prunes were purely medicinal.
Turkeys were definitely seasonal.
We never heard of Croissants we certainly couldn't pronounce it.
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.
The one thing that we never ever had on our table in the fifties …. elbows.
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News and Views:
Joan Regan, who had hits with Ricochet and if I gave My Heart to You in the late 1950’s died on 12 September 2013, aged 85
On this day 5th October 1960-1965.
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On 05/10/1964 the number one single was I'm Into Something Good - Herman's Hermits and the number one album was A Hard Day's Night - Beatles. The top rated TV show was Coronation Street (Granada) and the box office smash was Dr Strangelove. A pound of today's money was worth £12.24 and Manchester United were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions.
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