Originally Posted by Addie
My mother used to make gingerbread all the time for me. One time she bought that whipped cream in a box. I immediately scraped it all off and refused to eat it. From that day forward she only made whipped cream from real whipping heavy cream.
All those new convenience foods of the 50's and 60's were not so convenient if they were going to be fed to the garbage pail.
I think we were suckers for the manufactured foods of the fifties in Britain because:
1. many originated from the USA and therefore were incredibly glamorous. (Yes, really!)
2. people had got used to food being a problem and boring during 15 years of rationing.
These foods were much in demand not only for convenience but because they were hyped as "good" for the family and the housewife was pressured by brightly coloured, "perfect family" advertising into thinking that using them showed that she loved her family and was looking after them properly.
Do any of the Brits round here remember "Vesta" freeze-dried curries, chow mein and paella in the '60s? IIRC you just added boiling water. Supposed to be a treat but enough to put anyone off foreign foods for life!