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Jun 10, 2008 02:42 PM

What did you eat in the Seventies?

I just watched a light-hearted programme on the BBC about food in the seventies and it brought back memories!

For me, the seventies was the decade of Findus crispy pancakes (processed pies filled with ham and cheese, or minced beef - my brother and I thought they were a tremendous treat), crinkle-cut chips, prawn cocktail and black forest gateau. My mother also used to make a sausage casserole with tinned baked beans and some kind of packet sauce mix. Ditto chilli con carne and chicken chasseur - all made with some kind of powdered sauce (goodness knows what was in it). In the UK in the Seventies, burgers were exotic, as was pizza. Eating out was a rarity, and we thought Pizza Hut was the height of sophistication. Bizzare though it seems now, you couldn't buy olive oil in Britain then, only at the chemist, because people used to put it in their ears!

On the programme they drank an awful lot too, but I don't remember my parents drinking much at all, probably because they couldn't afford it. The party canap├ęs they showed struck a chord though - vol au vents and Ritz crackers with various toppings!

What was interesting was that people ate a lot more calorific food - think everything fried, a lot of processed stuff, stodgy puddings, yet they were slimmer because they did a lot more exercise.

Anyway, what did you eat in the Seventies? I'm interested in whether it was any different in the States.

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    1. re: mrbozo

      Same here, only it was usually first the hash, then the pizza.

    2. jarred baby food and rice cereal :)

      1. Naturally it was quite different in the States because we have no stodgy puddings now nor did we then! (But I love hearing about what you eat there).
        I remember travelling to England as a teenager -- I loved the fish n' chips, remember how they liked Pizza Hut but it seemed awful to me, and was thrilled to get back to L.A. and order a huge green salad with alfalfa sprouts, sunflower seeds and avocado.
        In fact in the 70s I ate quite a few "health sandwiches" of wheat bread (wholemeal to you) with bland jack or muenster cheese, avocado and sprouts. The funny thing is that even though I grew up on the beach we rarely ate seafood. I don't think much decent fresh fish was available in L.A. at the time. My mom knew how to cook after a fashion and was starting to get into "health foods" so we didn't have much canned or processed food, except Rice a Roni which I loved! Mostly pork chops, hamburger, egg noodles, eggplant parmesan, zucchini fritters, salmon patties, artichokes and asparagus are what I remember her cooking. I discovered Thai food in 1977 and it's been a delicious ride ever since!

        1. A whole lotta casserole!

          1. Dominos Pizza with extra cheese. You couldn't have a slumber party without it. Cold for breakfast.