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The 50s
« on: February 25, 2015, 07:09:38 pm »
For those of us who can remember - wasn't life simple.

For those too young - you missed a great life.


* 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

* 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.
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Re: The 50s
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2015, 11:09:53 pm »
I am sure that 'our' Camp coffee had added chicory essence!

Brian (who wonders which marketing exec signed off on that one; sorry, no marketing execs in the '50's)

PS I am amazed at what has survived and is still to be found in my store cupboard; Shippams Paste, Fray Bentos corned beef, Marmite (for visitors to eat in the garden).

And the luxury of a tomato ketchup sandwich! God, we must have lived high on the hog!

I can remember my mum sitting down to tea one day and all she had was a sugar sandwich; if I remember right, it had just come off rationing and it was one of her favourite girlie treats when she was young.

My dad had a bottle of sherry and a bottle of port in the cupboard and we would all have a small glass every Xmas and every New Year. I am sure those same bottles were still there when I left home at 16.

The only women in pubs were barmaids and ladies of the night; my mother had never been in a pub in her life till I dragged her into a Harvester for lunch one day in 1994. God's truth!

Ee, them were t'days!

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Re: The 50s
« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2015, 08:14:43 am »
As you say Brian, I used to have bread and sugar when I came home from school, it's a wonder I have any teeth left
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Re: The 50s
« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2015, 09:55:14 am »
Oh yes I remember them well :D

But not only sugar sarnies but salt ones and conny onny ones and spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam spam, spam.

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Re: The 50s
« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2015, 05:12:28 pm »
I wasn't that old in the Fifties,but I reckon the Seventies was least the first half of the decade anyway
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Re: The 50s
« Reply #5 on: February 26, 2015, 06:32:10 pm »
o yes life was simple in all aspects. But now we ride a K :'(
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