There are some vintage items I come across that I can’t seem to part with. This cute little 1950s recipe tin is one of them. I mean just look at it – it is so cute! Made of tin, it has some dishes on it that I wouldn’t know how to describe they just look so awful but that’s the charm for me. Surprisingly, inside there is a recipe for home-grown children – have a look at the photo to read the full description.
With this latest vintage find I decided to research what food families made in the 1950s. I was surprised to learn that rationing continued in the early 1950s. Sugar, butter, cheese, margarine, cooking fat, bacon, meat and tea all still on the ration books which didn’t actually finish until 1954.
It is of no surprise then that the meagre choice of ingredients limited what could be made and how dishes tasted. Of course on a positive note, all ingredients used were seasonal, fresh and local. I have a confession to make, while the 1950s was the age of spam, spam has won a place in my heart! Why not give Spam another go? Have a look at my recipe here for Spanish Omelette – I can highly recommend it.
The staple diet for many families in this period was of course meat and two veg. Families didn’t eat out that often. However, things started to change around 1954 with the American influence and the first Wimpy burger fast food outlets opened.
I don’t know about you but there are days when all I want to eat is simple home-made food, the meat and two veg seems like the perfect option. I do love to cook but maybe that’s because I don’t have to do it all the time but I do feel there is something satisfying about creating a delicious meal with simple ingredients, a no fuss meal just plain home cooking.
There is a good argument to be made that meal times should be family time, I do agree with this and it is the simple cooking and sitting down to a home-made meal that is enjoyable for me.
I would love to know what you do at family meal times? Also, let me know what your favourite vintage recipe is or if you have decided to give Spam a go!