Of course they wouldn't go over well these days - not a thing about low fat, high carb, dieting, calories. No one worried about such things then. You just ate delicious, home cooked food, spent days doing lots of exercise without even realising it, mostly walking everywhere for everything, and knew absolutely nothing about packaged convenience foods, because they didn't even exist. Most folks didn't have weight problems.
I used to love collecting recipes. Many of the housewives in our area were on farms in very rural and remote situations. They would be aces at improvisation, and cooking for large families, workers and drop in visitors. No one expected you to call before you visited. It was a point of pride that you would always have something extra on hand for such times.
Although it seemed effortless, there was a lot of skill attached to this ability to be so hospitable. Quite often housewives were confined to very few choices of ingredients when they went into a village or town on their weekly, often monthly shopping forays. But their foods were always absolutely delicious, usually made in large quantities so they could mix and match later when they needed to.
Recipes had to be freezable, able to be dried, or preserved in jars. It made sense to cook once and then know you had a large quantity set by for future meals ; once you had the system down, it was easy to manage.
Women of those days were actually masters of convenience foods that could be brought out and used at any time. Those children who grew up learning these skills benefited greatly, knowing they had survival skills, no matter how limited the budget, or the ingredients.
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There's something about home cooked meals that's very special. It's the warmth in the kitchen, the conversation, the taste. And the best kept secret is your own convenience food is satisfying, easy and reliable. Want some easy recipes? Find them by clicking here.
Food preparation is a heritage. The only way it can't be passed down to another generation is if they're fed commercial convenience foods and fast foods. And oh dear, what will happen to their children?