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Article from BTNews 30 SEPTEMBER 2013

AND FINALLY: Eating in the Fifties

(For those who were around at the time)

And others who would like to hear about gastronomic history
 
•    A Big Mac was what we wore when it was raining.
•    A Chinese chippy was a foreign carpenter.
•    A pizza was something to do with a leaning tower.
•    A takeaway was a mathematical problem.
•    All crisps were plain; the only choice we had was whether or not to add salt from a little blue bag.
•    Bananas and oranges only appeared at Christmas time.
•    Brown bread was something only poor people ate.
•    Coffee was named Camp and came in a bottle.
•    Cooking outside was called camping.
•    Cubed sugar was regarded as posh.
•    Curry was a surname.
•    Eating raw fish was called poverty not sushi.
•    Fish didn't have fingers in those days.
•    Healthy food consisted of anything edible.
•    Indian restaurants were only found in India.
•    "Kebab" was not even a word, never mind a food.
•    None of us had ever heard of yoghurt.
•    Oil was for lubricating, fat was for cooking.
•    Only Heinz made beans.
•    Pasta had not been invented.
•    People who didn't peel potatoes were regarded as lazy.
•    Pineapples came in chunks in a tin.
•    Prunes were medicinal.
•    Rice was a milk pudding and never, ever, part of a main course.
•    Seaweed was not a recognised food.
•    Sugar enjoyed a good press in those days and was regarded as white gold.
•    Surprisingly, muesli was readily available. It was called cattle feed.
•    Tea was made in a teapot using tea leaves and was never green.
•    Water came out of the tap. If someone had suggested bottling it and charging more for it than petrol they would have become a laughing stock.

AND FINALLY, we dined out once a year at Lyons Corner House.

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