Snacks of the seventies may have a bad reputation – after all, this is the decade famous for vol-au-vents, Twiglets, and prawns with ‘pink sauce’. However, thanks in part to the rise of hipsterism meaning many young people are using old St. Michael cookery books from charity shops to feed themselves, seventies food is all the range. Themed cafes are popping up in all the most stylish cities, and with today’s kitchen gadgets, it’s all a great deal easier to make than it once was.
Let’s think fondly on a few nostalgic favourites.
Chicken kievs may be more likely to incite memories of Iceland-based childhood meals, but back in the day they were usually made by hand, with proper chicken breasts, fresh breadcrumbs, and gooey garlic butter. A lot of effort goes into these bad boys, although you can get helpful little silicone moulds to make them perfect these days. Chicken kievs are delicious, whether you’re prepared to admit it or not.
Black Forest gateau
Black Forest gateau was incredibly decadent and stylish at the time, but it hit a lull when desserts started to become less about creamy padding and more about minimalism. In recent years, however, it’s had a resurgence in popularity thanks to new and interesting ways of presenting it. Whilst the giant fluffy gateaux of the past remain unfashionable in all but the most twee of tearooms, cupcake versions, cheesecake versions, and even deconstruction versions of this dessert can be found everywhere. Some coffee shops even make Black Forest hot chocolate during the colder months, with the option of cherry-infused chocolate muffins on the side. It’s a combination that always wins.
If you had a dinner party in the seventies, chances are you rolled out a fondue kit somewhere between eating dessert and picking a set of keys from a coloured glass bowl. At the time, the trend was melted cheese with huge chunks of white break on the skewers. Essentially the least healthy thing ever. Not that chocolate fondue – as we tend to favour now – is much better on that front, but we can tell ourselves it is if we use strawberries, right? Right.
Cheese and pineapple hedgehogs
Hear me out – everyone, everyone loves these. I mean, except vegans, but seventies cuisine wasn’t exactly sensitive to anybody who wasn’t an omnivore. My mum was still preparing cheese and pineapple sticks rammed into a foil hedgehog in the last nineties, and as kiddy-style parties for all ages have come back into fashion, the hedgehog has hitched a ride. The quality of cheese has improved, and the pineapple is no longer the soggy tinned kind, but don’t let that detract from the retro feel of it.
If thinking about these foods doesn’t give you the warm fuzzies and tummy rumbles, you’re clearly living a life without whimsy. I feel sorry for you.