Yes, I know, post-war, country in ruins etc.
Although rationing was still in force, her mother was permitted to buy extra steak to build her up for what became known as the “austerity Olympics”.
Just think of the twattish detail of that planning. The vast number of adults who had to be tasked with deciding who could have extra steak and who could not. The absurdity of having people sitting in offices deciding such things instead of having them out there prodding cabbages into greater fertility or wherever it is that steak comes from.