A little bit of a food history chit chat

I’ve said, If I wasn’t doing film, I’d be studying history.

History for me is something I can’t go without, I find it fascinating! one of my best friends is studying it at university and it honestly sounds completely amazing. Don’t get me wrong I love cinema, and its opened so many doors for me, but sometimes I need a history bash.

So moving on to this post, and yep it sounds a weird one but hear me out on this topic. I recently saw a vogue article from the 1970’s about “the diet of the day” including White wine with every meal, and while this sounds like the typical university day, it’s not normal. It got me thinking about other food trends in history.

Take a look for yourself:

vogue meal plan

mental right? plus I would be very hungry on just three eggs, coffee and a 150g steak, let alone the bottle of wine…but this isn’t the first of the mad foods of the past, oh no, let me introduce you to some of my favorites I’ve found.

Its safe to say that the 1970’s were an interesting time in history. Not only were they massively liberating and fresh, they were also home to some truly strange food creations. one being ANYTHING with bananas.  I saw this recipe in an old cookbook from around 1976, but this was an honest dinner party masterpiece at the time:


Along with ANYTHING in jelly?! seriously if it could go in a dish, it was jellied. I think when you look at the 1970s and even the 1960s its quite certain that ‘convenience’ food was introduced to help people in their new fast packed lives!

But looking back even further… you hit the 1940s and the Second World War. Most secondary schools in the UK, all have a homework project around “wartime experiences”. For example, When I was in year 9 I wrote about my family history in the war and I did a one week rationing meal plan much to my parents hummor (I was dedicated). One meal has always stuck with me and it was a lord Woolton pie.

Here is a basic recipe from the 1940s experiment: https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/the1940sexperiment.com/2016/03/13/the-original-lord-woolton-pie-recipe-no-151/amp/

This pie was invented by the ministry of food to make the best of the rationing ingredients. But in all honestly it’s pretty good and as such has become a household pie that many people don’t even realise their making. Vegetables were one of the few things that weren’t rationed. All part of “dig for victory” was growing your own plants in your garden (advised over your shelters) but growing up in the countryside, everyone around me seems to grow vegetables in the summer! I’m sure lots of people in the city’s do as well, it’s become more accessible for people to grow their own produce and it’s an amazing way of saving money and having your own fresh ingredients.

Right now in current day, there is such a variety of food and supermarkets available, it’s almost sad we’ve lost the separate bakers, greengrocers and butchers, that’s why I’ve always loved going to Bouragh market in London it’s retained some of that history.

And so to finish, this was a bit of an odd one but I got thinking about history and then a documentary I used to watch on the the BBC called the super sizers and here we are… anyway thanks for reading this ramble? I have a few travel and a BIG post from the Venice film festival coming up 🙂


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