30 SEPTEMBER 2013
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(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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