Platinum Jubilee: Food
When the Queen came to the throne in 1952, some foods were still being rationed, including tea, sugar, butter, cheese, margarine, bacon, and meat. The final lifting of rations in 1954, immigration from Commonwealth countries and an increased interest in 'foreign' foods inspired by travel and cookery writers meant that tastes changed over the following decades.
Back in 1952 nearly half of all households ate no meals outside of the home and only one fifth ate one dinner a week out. But ambitious home cooks with enough disposable income had more labour saving gadgets to help them prepare food and an increasing number of cookery books for dinner parties.
The Kenwood Chef was a multipurpose stand mixer that could whisk, mix, knead dough, mince meat and much more. The A700 Chef was launched at the 1950 Ideal Home Show and Marguerite Patten, Britain's first TV cook, demonstrated the machine at Harrods in the same year.
Growing your own was a necessity during the days of rationing, but gardening and allotment keeping have been popular pastimes even during the 1960s and 70s when pre-prepared frozen vegetables became available. There has been a revival in the 21st century as more people take up trowels and grow their own produce.
Adam the Gardener was a popular column in the Sunday Express which advised readers what gardening tasks needed completing that week.
Coronation Chicken was created by Le Cordon Bleu cookery school in London for the Coronation Banquet in 1953. Originally known as Poulet Reine Elizabeth, it is described as chicken, boned and coated in a curry cream sauce. This recipe is from the Constance Spry Cookery Book of 1956, where the chicken is poached with vegetables and then cooled and mixed with a sauce made with red wine, apricot puree, mayonnaise, cream and curry powder.
SodaStream was formed as a company in 1903, producing a machine designed to be used by butlers in large houses to produce fizzy water for their employers and their guests. In the 1950s, smaller versions more suitable for average sized homes started to be manufactured. In the 1970s and 80s, newer cheaper models coupled with a catchy new advertising campaign made SodaStream a household name. The bubble soon burst as the novelty of creating your own fizzy drinks went flat.