Take Away Desires

Everybody get the munchies, right?

Why is it that the need for ‘takeaway’ food is heightened on Friday evenings? In England, the tradition on a Friday night was to have fish and chips at home or from a chip shop. This was the way it always used to be throughout the seventies and eighties; my childhood.As the nineties brought more opportunities to taste food from around the world and Chinese and Indian restaurants became more prevalent, people began to taste new, exotic foods and quickly they became available from home, prompted by a mere phone call. Delivered pizzas and even kebabs became all the rage.Nowadays ‘takeaways’ are cheap and quick to get hold of at the click of a button. I have my finger peeled over the ‘Just Eat’ app most Fridays as soon as I begin the journey home from work. Everyone is talking about what they want to eat at the weekend and it usually involves NO use of home ovens and pots and pans.Are we all lazier than in the old days? Is it really a bad thing? Will out health suffer as a result of such an obsession with fried food?I am not so sure. It seems to me that before takeaways existed, people used their own chip pans and deep fat friers a lot. You only need to refer to the number of fires caused by them in the seventies to see that we always loved our fried foods. We just don’t smoke out our own houses quite so much these days. We prefer a restaurant to do that bit for us. Scrolling through a menu on an iPad is far more fun than trying to read a part stained, crinkled up old menu that was stick to the fridge for months… and way better than spending ages bent over a steaming stove!

I say let’s enjoy our takeaway culture and especially treat ourselves on Friday Nights!

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