How often do you eat out?

I was chatting to my mum recently and for some reason we got to talking about her childhood. She mentioned that, for her family (she was born in the late forties) it was a rarity to go out for a meal. It would happen about once a year and it was a big event! Even then, they wouldn’t go anywhere fancy- it would just be a canteen, for some fairly simple, yet tasty food. Now, they were a family of 5 on a very modest income. The only reason they ate chicken, was because they had a chicken farm and they killed the chickens for the table, at the end of their life. Must have been tough old meat! It may have been different if you were higher class.

Somehow it’s become more ‘the norm’ to go out for meals regularly in our society, no matter what class you are. I wonder if this is so much of a good thing? I mean, it’s easily £25- £40 for a couple to go out, for what is often a very standard kind of meal. If you want anything special/ tastier/ fancier then you’re talking upwards of £60 at least. Of course, that all depends on what you eat, drink, when, where and so on.

But I am convinced many people would be so much better off if they just cooked simple meals, from scratch for themselves at home. If they would just get rid of the takeaways, fast food, ready meals and take out coffees, they would be so much happier, inside and out! What if we went back to eating out just once a year? It would become something very special.

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One thought on “How often do you eat out?

  1. Here here! I agree completely! I’m a food writer, and you might find it interesting to know that restaurants in your mom’s era, and before of course, were few and far between. In fact, the first “restaurants” were actually boarding houses that included a meal plan. Then hotels began including restaurants, and gradually, stand alone restaurants became more and more common. At first they were constructed purely for the elite, but as car culture took hold fast food chains made eating out available to the lower and middle classes. And here we are! I eat out about once a month, and because I cook every other meal at home (including packed lunches and breakfasts) I save thousands of dollars a year. Your mum has the right idea!

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