Knowing that UJ is storing the accumulation of at least three houses from when several households came together in the 90s, I asked him the other day if he had any spare plates in the stash. He is a man with a serious stash of household goods, I kid you not!
So on Wednesday, he brought me four of the above, and I instantly recognised them as "the rosy plates" on which we would eat our dinner when I was a child, and indeed, until I left home. There was a set of four of them, which I now have in my possession. They seem to be made of some kind of coated pottery or even perhaps a kind of pyrex. They are over 40 years old and there is not a chip or a crack to be found in the set.
Now just look at the difference in size between what were our dinner plates, the rosy plates, and what is the common size of a dinner plate nowadays! The bottom plate here is an example, but I have plates of that size from several different sets, and they are all big!
Portion control is important for several reasons - for health, for wealth, and for the reduction of waste! It helps people who have eyes bigger than their bellies, for instance, to see a full plate, and think that they have plenty. Tonight the folks have had meatballs with tomato/onion gravy sauce and spaghetti. The FH thought he could do with more sauce but I pointed out that his plate was brimming already, and I wanted the sauce as a planned-over! I had some spaghetti left, so I stirred the sauce into it, popped it into a freezer container and there is a quick meal for someone in a hurry, all ready to ding and eat.