Pasta was not eaten in Australia
Curry was a surname
A takeaway was something to do with a mathematical problem
A pizza was something to do with a leaning tower
All potato chips were plain:  the only choice we had was whether to put salt on or not
Rice was only eaten as a rice pudding
Calamari was called squid and we used it for fish bait
A Big Mac was what we wore when it was raining
Oil was for lubricating, fat was for cooking
Tea was made in a teapot using tea leaves, and never green
Sugar enjoyed a good press and was regarded as being white gold;  cubed sugar was regarded as posh
Fish didn’t have fingers in those days
None of us had ever heard of yoghurt
Healthy food consisted of anything edible
People who didn’t peel potatoes were regarded as lazy
Cooking outside was called camping
Seaweed was not recognised food
“Kebab” was not even a word, never mind a food
Prunes were medicinal
Surprisingly, muesli was readily available . . . it was called cattle feed
Water came out of a tap.  If someone had suggested bottling it and charging more than petrol for it they would have become a laughing stock.

(Source:  Sunshaine Coast Seniors, February 2015)


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