The foods we used to eat back in the 60s and 70s

Do you remember the local fair with your parents? Remember eating fairy floss and lollies? What about celebrating a special birthday
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Do you remember the local fair with your parents? Remember eating fairy floss and lollies? What about celebrating a special birthday dinner?

Today we thought we’d have some fun and take a look back at the foods you would turn your nose up at, along with the foods you loved. Which of these take you back?

One of our writers Karen shared her memories of food in her childhood:

“Sausage rolls and meat pies were available from the tuck shop which also sold Choo Choo Bars, and a beautiful lolly which was 6 a penny (cent)… Butterscotch covered in chocolate.”“There were also jam, pineapple and plain donuts. Cream buns and finger buns. The top of the heap was a chocolate eclair. Sandwiches were on white bread. The idea of different breads? Well it was just brown or white! Coeliac and gluten free, rice flour, or those alternatives would have been laughed out of the playground!”
“At home food was very basic, meat and three vegs for dinner every night. Takeaways were rare and probably only Chinese food on Friday night (something in curry or sweet and sour sauce with fried rice). Although not wealthy, we lived on a farm so had heaps of fresh meat, poultry and vegs which Mum grew in the home paddock.”
“We also ate dessert every night, fruit with cream fresh from the dairy, boiled rice with milk and sugar, or perhaps some treacle. Breakfast was porridge in winter, Weetbix with hot milk in winter and cold in summer, but for my father it could be steak and eggs, bacon, the lot.”
“Because we are Catholics, we ate fish on Fridays, always and one of the great hates of my life is smoked cos which my father loved and mum served with white sauce – another of my hates! Only on Monday did we eat out of the school tuckshop. On other days Mum made lunch with peanut butter, Vegemite (I was a happy little Vegemite), a homemade jam, with a piece of fruit, or maybe a homemade biscuit or piece of cake, or cupcake”.

Creamed corn

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Quiche

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Carrot cake

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Bubble and squeak

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Fish fingers

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Spam

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Lamb brains

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Pickles

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Tripe

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Fondue

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Porridge

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Raisins

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Sardines on bread

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Corned beef

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Meatloaf

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Canned asparagus

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Pineapple chicken

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TV dinner

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Pop rocks

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Grapefruit for breakfast

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Devilled eggs

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Pigs in a blanket

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Devon and tomato sauce on bread

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Share your memories below!

  1. Friday nights in my house when I was young , was fish and chips, the local fish and chips shops were always full. While we had 3 veg, they were not steamed like I eat today but over cooked and bi carb and a half teaspoon of sugar was added to the green vegetable while boiling them. But we survived and are probably a lot healthier than kids today

    • We did, I loved those mushy peas, probably a way to make old peas edible! Shepherds pie, smoked haddock and white sauce, never Chinese there were no restaurantsnever Italian there were no restaurants, until 1960 I think Mamma Luigi in Brisbane first to open. Chicken only on special occasions. Mince you made yourself, Aberdeen sausage, porcupines, and we ate lamb.

    • I never tried Chinese till I was in my teens or spaghetti bol, they were not big back then. Fish and chips for us too

    • Me too ladies, mum would buy fish and chips on Friday night wrapped in News paper. OMG that would definitely be a big no no now that’s for sure, and we loved them.

  2. Friday nights in my house when I was young , was fish and chips, the local fish and chips shops were always full. While we had 3 veg, they were not steamed like I eat today but over cooked and bi carb and a half teaspoon of sugar was added to the green vegetable while boiling them. But we survived and are probably a lot healthier than kids today

    • We did, I loved those mushy peas, probably a way to make old peas edible! Shepherds pie, smoked haddock and white sauce, never Chinese there were no restaurantsnever Italian there were no restaurants, until 1960 I think Mamma Luigi in Brisbane first to open. Chicken only on special occasions. Mince you made yourself, Aberdeen sausage, porcupines, and we ate lamb.

    • I never tried Chinese till I was in my teens or spaghetti bol, they were not big back then. Fish and chips for us too

    • Me too ladies, mum would buy fish and chips on Friday night wrapped in News paper. OMG that would definitely be a big no no now that’s for sure, and we loved them.

    • we never had Chinese, I never tried Chinese till I was older and working, we went to the pub Saturdays with my mates and they ordered Chinese so I tried it too. We had fish and chips when I was growing up and there were so many people there wanting to buy it the line was out on the streets

    • I was brought up on three vegies and meat, with chips every night, home made of course, hence I don’t cook chips too often. Once the Chinese cafe opened up Dad and I would go there with our pots to be filled, once my parents were a bit more financial, we used to actually dine there :). Being a Scot, my Mum did make great soups. I realised in my adulthood that it wasn’t easy for Mum, coming to Australia with four children and working full time and at 42, when life was getting easier, I was 9, my parents adopted my teenage sister’s baby . We always ate well, but not very varied 🙁

  3. Friday nights in my house when I was young , was fish and chips, the local fish and chips shops were always full. While we had 3 veg, they were not steamed like I eat today but over cooked and bi carb and a half teaspoon of sugar was added to the green vegetable while boiling them. But we survived and are probably a lot healthier than kids today

    • We did, I loved those mushy peas, probably a way to make old peas edible! Shepherds pie, smoked haddock and white sauce, never Chinese there were no restaurantsnever Italian there were no restaurants, until 1960 I think Mamma Luigi in Brisbane first to open. Chicken only on special occasions. Mince you made yourself, Aberdeen sausage, porcupines, and we ate lamb.

    • I never tried Chinese till I was in my teens or spaghetti bol, they were not big back then. Fish and chips for us too

    • Me too ladies, mum would buy fish and chips on Friday night wrapped in News paper. OMG that would definitely be a big no no now that’s for sure, and we loved them.

    • we never had Chinese, I never tried Chinese till I was older and working, we went to the pub Saturdays with my mates and they ordered Chinese so I tried it too. We had fish and chips when I was growing up and there were so many people there wanting to buy it the line was out on the streets

    • I was brought up on three vegies and meat, with chips every night, home made of course, hence I don’t cook chips too often. Once the Chinese cafe opened up Dad and I would go there with our pots to be filled, once my parents were a bit more financial, we used to actually dine there :). Being a Scot, my Mum did make great soups. I realised in my adulthood that it wasn’t easy for Mum, coming to Australia with four children and working full time and at 42, when life was getting easier, I was 9, my parents adopted my teenage sister’s baby . We always ate well, but not very varied 🙁

    • I can remember my mother being upset with me for not putting bicarb in my steamed cabbage. It was like I’d let the side down

    • Fish and chips 🍟 were always on Friday night. They were the only take aways we had _no Mecca’s or KFC back in the late forties and early fifties.

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