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

Batchelors cream of tomato soup
Prawn cocktail

Main course
Chicken in a basket

Black forest gateaux
After Eight mints

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?

Ideas sent to me…

Prawn cocktails
Duck a l’orange
Black Forest Gateaux.

Cheese sticks on a foil hedgehog
Cocktail sausages
Mini chicken Kievs
Pickled onions,
Mixed grill and pineapple.
Cheese fondue.

Singapore Slings
Harvey Wallbanger
Brandy Alexander.
French Chablis
German white wine

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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:


    French Onion Soup with Cheese Crouton


    Classic Retro Prawn Cocktail


    Homemade Ardennes Pâté with Melba Toast


    Coq au Vin


    Sole Véronique


    Duck à l’Orange

    All served with sauté or duchesse potatoes & seasonal vegetables.


    Homemade Black Forest Gâteau


    Oranges in Grand Marnier


    Blackcurrant Syllabub


    Filter Coffee and Mints

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