Dinner in the 70s

seventies-1970So, the plan is to have a 70s dinner party tonight. Our guests are invited and the costumes are ready.

The 70s was a really good decade for music; a really rich ten years for quality and diversity. The iPod is set up with a random playlist of great music from a variety of genres.

We’ve even created a period menu! Note: this has been selected for fun and amusement (and ease of preparation), not to compete with Delia Smith. Of course, if you experienced the seventies you may recall what a diverse decade it was. You may also remember that the food actually wasn’t that good.

Hors d’oeuvres
Ritz crackers with pate
Twiglets

Starter
Batchelors cream of tomato soup
Prawn cocktail

Main course
Steak
Chicken in a basket

Sweet
Black forest gateaux
After Eight mints

Drinks
Babycham with a glacé cherry
Party 7
Snowballs with a glacé cherry
Mateus Rosé

This got me to thinking about food and beverage brands that have survived well since the 70s. Babycham is back in shops. After Eights never disappeared. Wine boxes are back on the shelves in Tesco. HP sauce lives on and Daddies is disappearing.

What 70s food and drinks brands would you have at your ‘period’ dinner party?

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3 comments on “Dinner in the 70s
  1. Kevin Harrington says:

    Anadin was around in the seventies and is still available today.

  2. Kevin Harrington says:

    I forgot to add Dubonnet to the drinks list. Here is a good article on the BBC Magazine about this great drinks brand: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/8159201.stm

  3. Kevin Harrington says:

    A slightly posher 70s themed dinner menu:

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    French Onion Soup with Cheese Crouton

    or

    Classic Retro Prawn Cocktail

    or

    Homemade Ardennes Pâté with Melba Toast

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    Coq au Vin

    or

    Sole Véronique

    or

    Duck à l’Orange

    All served with sauté or duchesse potatoes & seasonal vegetables.

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    Homemade Black Forest Gâteau

    or

    Oranges in Grand Marnier

    or

    Blackcurrant Syllabub

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