Changes in Food

Going the rounds on the internet at the moment – some observations on food.


   Pasta had not been  invented.

Curry was a surname.

A takeaway was a mathematical  problem.

A pizza was something to do with  a leaning tower.

Bananas and oranges only appeared at Christmas time.

All crisps were plain; the only  choice we had was whether to put the salt on or not.

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.

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.

Coffee was Camp, and came in a bottle. 

Cubed sugar was regarded as posh.

Only Heinz made beans. 

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.

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

Prunes were medicinal.

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

Pineapples came in chunks in a tin; we had only ever seen a picture of a real one.

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 …….. were our elbows!

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5 Responses to Changes in Food

  1. Ray Barnes says:

    …….and short skirts meant your knees were showing.

    Brilliant. Where did you find it?

    It really was another world (mine).

  2. Tabor says:

    Good insight into how times have changed as well as tastes!

  3. Mina says:

    Be interesting to see what else can be remembered from those days. What about hedges and hedge funds?

  4. LC says:

    Not all those food changes apply to my Southern USA 50s childhood experiences, but the elbows rule was firmly and consistently observed.

  5. freda says:

    Ray, a friend sent it on from another friend, so its origins are lost in cyberspace or the depths of social media I would guess.

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