Good Food blog

Food from the sixties

Lisa Harris - Good Food Team

16th September, 2011

by Lisa Harris - Good Food Team

Food from the sixties

What food do you remember from the 60s? Not all of you will have been alive and eating back then, but the food your parents cook could well have been influenced by the swinging 60s culture.

One of UKTV’s sister channels, Yesterday, is having a Spirit of the 60s season this month until 19th October – which is what started our retro food conversation off. We’ve been hearing about the WAGs of ‘66 who were married to the triumphant footballers during the World Cup – but what were they eating back then?

Cocktail sausages, cheese and pineapple on sticks, overly salted crisps and vol au vents were probably the most common nibbles at any celebration in the 60s. Perhaps a more upmarket table would even have served duck a l'orange, lobster thermador or coq au vin.

Cocktail sausages, cheese and pineapple on sticks, overly salted crisps and vol au vents were probably the most common nibbles at any celebration in the 60s. Perhaps a more upmarket table would even have served duck a l'orange, lobster thermador or coq au vin.

Tupperware, plastics and synthetic flavours arrived on the British food market with a psychedelic bang in the 60s. Along with all the flower power and hippy culture, mass production was also making its mark, which is why 60s grub is often associated with lurid colours and industrialised food.

Nevertheless, there was also a contrasting international food movement, as Brits became more outward-looking in their culinary tastes – this is when all those fancy French dishes came onto our menus, thanks to pioneering chefs like Julia Childs and Delia Smith.

Valentine Warner will be cooking 60s inspired food in Valentine Warner Eats the 60s at 9pm on 12th October and 19th October on Yesterday, Sky 537; Virgin Media 203 and Freeview 12. We’re going to be watching to see whether any Shake n’ Bake makes it on the menu.

What are your favourite retro recipes?

Explore the Good Food Channel to see our must-have retro recipes. Or for more information about the Spirit of the 60s season, visit the Yesterday site.

Comments

You need to be logged in to leave a comment

Register

Forgotten your password?
Resend activation

Latest Comment

and of course prawn cocktails

NigelR19108 NigelR19108 Posted 12 Feb 2013 3:04 PM
 

oeufs florentines and chicken Kiev were popular together with stuffed cabbage

NigelR19108 NigelR19108 Posted 12 Feb 2013 3:03 PM
 

The sixties for me was of good wholesome stews cooked over an open fire with bread made in the ajoing oven,my grandmother would start the stew off on Monday wit whatever was left from the sunday joint, she would add potatoes, onions, carrots and whatever ingredients to hand, this was added to on a daily basis. by saturday it was the tastiest concotion you ever tasted. We never went hungry, the house was always full of well fed happy people.

mikeB96296 mikeB96296 Posted 17 Oct 2011 8:44 PM