Food, Tea Time, Meals in the 1950s
None of this toast and coffee type breakfasts! Breakfast was viewed as the meal to set you up for the day so was, at the very least, porridge, followed by bacon,
Puddings were the nightmare of childhood - yellow semolina, rice pudding with a swirl of jam and the awful
But tea-time was a small meal by comparison with lunch, which was served as the main meal of the day. We would come back from school to have, at about 5 o'clock, home-made bread, butter and jam and home-made sponge cake.
Sunday tea was more special. Then it would be ham or a salmon salad, with the ham or salmon coming out of a tin. There would be tinned fruit - usually peaches, mandarin oranges or fruit salad and evaporated milk. In summer time, if the ice-cream van came at an appropriate time. We might have an ice-cream block and wafers for 'afters'.
We rarely drank coffee. I can remember the Rington's Tea man bringing tea to the house.
Food was bought much more on a daily basis. The Co-op was close by, and in the 50s there was a separate grocery,
Fish was still eaten on Fridays, so there was a fish shop in a lock-up behind the main shops. The wet fish was wrapped up in
I don't remember 'snacks' being readily available - the height of modernity was Jacob's Cream Crackers. Biscuits could be bought loose from tins, along with the broken biscuit selection. Fig Rolls, Ginger Snaps, Rich Tea, Marie, Digestives. Sugar came loose in blue sugar bags, butter was cut from a block as was cheese and bacon
There wasn't a huge variety of fruit and vegetables available at any one time - much more seasonal. Exotic fruits just weren't there … and it was still a pleasant treat to find an orange on the toe of the Christmas stocking, along with a handful of Brazil nuts,