Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

'Historic' Dietary Delights Hard for New Generation to Stomach

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

'Historic' Dietary Delights Hard for New Generation to Stomach

Article excerpt

DURING a chat among a few mates this week it was realised just how our diet has changed over the years.

Younger members of the group were quite appalled at the dietary fare offered to the older ones when they were much younger.

Can you imagine the response of a Generation Y-er who comes home asking "What's for dinner?" only to be told calves brains and veges?

My generation must have been on the cusp of Australia's changing diet because, like most of my mates, I can't help but squirm at the thought of chomping down on "something someone's been thinking with" (to quote comedian Bill Cosby).

My parents were into that sort of dietary fare...brains, liver, kidney.

My mother being a drover's daughter from Croydon in the Gulf of Carpentaria, brains, liver, kidney and the like were often on the family menu and my older siblings received their share.

However, after my parents moved to the coast of North Queensland where the rest of us were born, the menu changed more to that of a seafood diet... much to my relief.

The younger Hardwicks from the Coast simply couldn't stomach what the older ones had been munching on in the Gulf and so brains, liver and kidney were banished from the family dinner table, lest the younger ones starved to death.

I'm not kidding, there are family photos of a thin 8-year-old Peter Hardwick...those days coinciding with Mum's reassessing of the make-up of the family dinner.

One thing to come from it though is it taught me to eat my vegetables.

Put brains, liver or kidney on the table and I'd work my way around the meat and slip into the veges no problem. But the meat would be left on the plate at the end of the meal.

Another one was tongue. Who came up with that "delicacy"?

"Go on and try it, just one bite, you might like it," my father would encourage.

Now I had bitten my tongue on a number of occasions to that point and I didn't once like it let alone think it tasted anything but disgusting. …

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