When you have been blogging for a long time, invariably you will repeat something, often with updated thoughts or information. So, it was quite some time ago that I mentioned the food we now eat as opposed to what we ate as children and that our food has changed is an understatement.
As I mentioned recently, R and myself ate at the Blue Note Cafe in Richmond. We chose to share a platter of finger food. It was an adequate size for two people for lunch and we enjoyed it. Half way through the meal I remarked to R that there was not one thing on the platter that either of us would have eaten as a child.
A homous dip in the centre with probably sough dough bread. Olives, semi sun dried tomatoes, fried chorizo, fetta cheese, red peppers/capsicum/bell peppers, a mix of leaves with a vinaigrette dressing but none of them an ice berg lettuce. I think that was all. Now I am hungry.
Not only that, I had an espresso coffee and R had a skinny latte, neither of which any of our family would have drunk when we were young. It was only ever tea.
We very rarely ate out when I was young. Most Friday nights would be take away fish and chips and a very occasional lunch out in a cafe, perhaps twice a year. If we needed food when we were out, tinned ham sandwiches would have been pre made, English mustard on some but nothing but ham in those for we kids. The sandwiches would be washed down with tea from a thermos flask by adults and cordial for us.
Do I feel as if I missed out when growing up? Not at all. Do I want to turn back clock? No, but the diets of young people does concern me rather a lot.
Each afternoon Melbourne Grammar lads flood out of school and flood into McDonalds opposite us. Some only buy a drink, full of sugar no doubt, but enough buy a hamburger or something quite solid. Do they then go home and have dinner as well? This is a high socia-economic group and even many of them eat very unwisely. Without doubt there is going to be a massive obesity problem in the future, plus many of them get so little physical activity. Perhaps not so much as MGS but at many state schools.
It's a worry.