Thursday, January 14, 2016

Review - Back in Time for Dinner TV Show - A week in the 1950's

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Hello everyone. I wanted to share with my loyal blog readers a neat television show I came across on my endless search for people living life like the 1950's. This series takes a modern family and document's their experience living in different decades of life and what their meals would have been like as a family in the 1950's though 1990's.

"Back In Time For Dinner" is the title and the show was pretty eye opening and funny. It was quite interesting to watch as the family all tried to figure out how to use the can opener. I honestly don't know if I would fare any better than they did.

In the 1950's England food rationing was still happening even though war ended in 1945. It wasn't until 1954 that things got much better for the family at meal time. Rationing ended in 1954. This show is made in Britain by the BBC and the experiences of the English housewife may be somewhat different from what American housewives were experiencing.

I adored the color scheme as well as the kitchen curtains and the yellow cabinets featured in these episodes. As my kitchen is already teal/green it has prompted me to change my pink cupboards to creamy yellow and research rationing. My next project is to find some 1940's - 1950's recipe booklets using rations. It should be very interesting trying those recipes out on my own family. I mentioned my plan to my husband and the amounts that were rationed to each family member. Let's say he was less than enthused at giving up his "larger" portions.

This show is worth the watch. I was mostly interested in the decade of the 1950's. The series can be found on youtube or begin watching the first episode the below.

Thanks for Reading!
Happy Housewifing!


  1. It would be worth seeking out the Marguerite Patten cookbooks from the era which are still in print, three have been bound together under the title Victory Cookbook. There is also Eating For Victory (Jane Norman) and the Imperial War Museum book Wise Eating In Wartime.

    1. Hi Melanie,

      Thanks for your comment. I ordered the Victory Cookbook by Marguerite Patten from Amazon a few days ago. I had not heard of the others. I will look into getting those as well. Thank's for your ideas.

      Mrs. Jenn

  2. Wartime farm by the bbc also has some rationing recipes such as mock turkey for Christmas dinner!! Gives you a tea insight into the rationing in Britain :-)

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    1. Hi Michelle,

      I will look into watching Wartime Farm. The BBC has so many great shows looking into the past. Mock Turkey sounds great and

      Have a wonderful day!

      Mrs. Jenn