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Saturday, 10 January 2009

Meals and food

Tell us about some of the favorite meals and food your Mom fixed as a kid growing up,Also a great place to share your recopies.

39 comments:

yvonneh said...

Hi tom, you will have to shift all the letters from the stories of the past site to this one that refer to the food of the past, otherwise it is difficult to answer them or refer to them.

yvonneh said...

We havent touched on school meals yet, even though it was embarrassing to be called out on the register so everyone knew you had frees, I loved them. I particularly loved the meat pies and mash and rissoles and the pink custard with the pink sponge, also semolina,tapioca or frogs spawn, macaroni, jam roly
poly. really missed them when we were on holidays but I do vaguely remember for a short period we used to go to school just for meals, can anyone else remember it.

PDRAY said...

I remember the school lunches and I loved everything they served up and if they had any leftovers on the puddings I would try to get seconds.I was as skinny as a rake but I could eat just about anything that was put on a plate.I guess in those days we burned up a lot of calories walking everywhere or playing outside.I remember they made sure everyone had milk even though it was luke warm when you got it.Tapioca was good because you could roll it around on your tongue before swallowing it and it does look like frogs spawn.Any custard they served up was great and I loved it when it was a little lumpy and if you could luck up and get some skin from the top where it had cooled.
I'm not as skinny as a rake anymore.I don't walk everywhere and I don't play outside as much.
Paul.

PDRAY said...

Saturday mornings I use to play football for the school and for a club team in the afternoons.As I was the only boy,out of six kids, it was my job to run and get the fish and chips for my family before going to play club football in the afternoon.I had to take a shopping bag with me that folded into a quarter of its size.I felt like a sissy carrying that shopping bag but that was the deal if I wanted to play football.They would wrap the fish and chips up in old newspapers and my mum told me to keep the top of the bag closed so it would be nice and hot when I came home with it.Mum loved fish roe but us kids could'nt have it because it was too expensive.The only way to eat fish and chips is with salt and vinegar and if you could get a bag of crackling with it you have a great British meal.
Another food memory,Paul.

Tags said...

Mmmmm! Fish roe, you guys are making my mouth water.

I thought I'd just throw in something else and add to the mix.

Dumplings
Yorkshire Pud
Poached egg on toast
Spotted Dick
Baked Apple
Fishpaste on toast
Meatballs
Hovis
etc.
etc.
and oh yes... Pancake Day!!

Anonymous said...

Rabbit, chicken, whenever our aunt and uncle came up from Kent they bought a wild rabbit and a cockeral, the rabbit would still have the skin on and the chicken plucked, the rabbit would hang in the kitchen by the larder door until dad skinned it and mum stewed it with swede . carrots,onions etc. now called casserole.
Have to say I still enjoy a rabbit stew but with suit dumplins .
Oh food.
Bob Stevens

PDRAY said...

What about toad in the hole if you can find the right sausages.
Sunday roast dinner with Yorkshire pudding and if it was pork roast mum loved the crackling.
How about Saturday night having winkles and cockles.Dad loved whelks smothered in vinegar.
Loved rabbit stew and also fried lamb chops with a little bit of fat on them that would be crisp.

PDRAY said...

I must be hungry because after I sent in the last message I started thinking about real kippers that would stink up the place.But they sure were good.
My nan, who lived at 50,Greatdown Road made the best porridge the old fashion way and put plenty of Carnation milk in it.That surely would warm the cockles of your heart on a cold windy day.
What about nice thick bacon rashers with fried eggs and fried bread and of course Heinz baked beans.If mum found an egg with two yolks in it ,you would have thought she had just won the football pools.
Loved mums trifles and of course bread pudding.
I'm sure I will think of more food after I send this message in.

grace said...

just been to a free lunch for over 60s brilliant,but my mum used to make a large yourkshire pudding in a meat dish and we used to spread jam on it or somtimes she would make it with sultana,s. We went scrumping over near the kent hotel got caught a few times.Have not seen any food parcel yet from the pie&eel shop .

grace said...

we always had steralised milk as it kept longer no such thing as a fridge then rice puddings cakes cornflakes all made with steralised when we had visitors mum had to buy cows milk for them .i did miss it when were rich enough to buy a fridge.noy sure if its avialable now.

Tags said...

When we got our first fridge which must have been about 1958-!959 we had to put in the hallway passage near the front door, there was no room for it in the scullery and it wasn't that big either.
Mmmmm! Rabbit stew and dumplings.

Val B said...

Jim, a few months back you were asking about bubble and squeak. Well when I went shopping in Sainsburys last week I found a TIN of it. Not sure what it will be like in a tin but I bought it anyway along with a tin of fried onions.Will let you know when we try them.

Val B said...

As far as rabbit stew is concerned, I always buy a lot of rabbit when I am in France and then put it in the freezer ready for when I make a casserole of it. Another favourite that my sister Edna does regularly and I do once in a blue moon, is Oxtail stew.
My favourite memories of all food is having stewed eels on a Saturday night.Yummie!

jim davis said...

Oh! Val I used to have such a high opinion of you. But tinned Bubble and Squeak, and tinned Fried Onions, that is sacrilidge. What on earth would your mum say about that? I hope you are not still eating Pom, and powdered eggs.

Val B said...

Come on Jim, I've got a big excuse at the moment, by the name of Bayley. I'd forgotten how time consuming a puppy is, trying to be forever vigilant to avoid those puddles indoors. Anything quick and easy will do for now.
I used to love those powdered eggs anyway. What's Pom?

jim davis said...

Ok Valb you are forgiven just this once, The puddles they are not too bad, it is when you come down the stairs in the middle of the night, and you tread on something soft that ends up between all of your toes Aaaaargh! You don't know POM? that was the name of the powdered potatoes we had in the war years, and probably afterwards also.

Anonymous said...

i have just read the comments about faverite foods my nan livrd at 95 cuckoo ave her name was betrice shelvey she made the best rice puddings ever i can still taste it after all these years i ofton tried making rice pudding but never tasted the same.
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Del said...

I don't know how to comment on the above, is there unrest and chaos in East Acton? My mum made the best ever bread pudding, two and a half inches thick, stuffed with fruit and very moist. What our local bakery serves up looks more like a biscuit. During the war, she got around the sweet rationing by making dough from flour, mixed in peppermint cordial and, after cooking it in the oven, cut it into squares, brilliant! Del.

yvonneh said...

Hi there , really interesting and mouth salivating, all the delicacies of the past. Does anyone remember Junket not sure whether it was made out of the curds or whey of the milk but it was lovely. My brother Brian used to come in about !in the morning,he would either fry kippers or onions I used to wait till he finished the cooking then go down and join him, I still have kippers now and they are sti;ll as tasty, but these days there seems to be more bones in them, or is it just my age, i love kipper sandwiches. I find it difficult to get cod roe except in tins and thats yukki,even when I buy herring to souse they have taken the roe out.I also love sprats, as you eat everything head, tail the lot. Does anyone remember smelling the skate for that ammonia smell, which told you it was old, love jellied eels, my mouth is drooling again, must go and get a cuppa.

Tags said...

Re anon comment that Betrice Shelvey was your Nan.
I don't think you are Lynn, are you Lynn's sister or Ray's daughter?

Tags said...

Has anyone ever smoked any Haddock?

yvonneh said...

No Tags , smoked weights, woodbines ,park drive and even old holborn when times were bad ,but never smoked haddock.

bob stevens said...

Bob Stevens

Used to pick the brown seed from the dock leaf and roll in thin toilet paper, bit like Golden Virginia, left a kick on the throat.

bob stevens said...

Bob Stevens

Used to pick the brown seed from the dock leaf and roll in thin toilet paper, bit like Golden Virginia, left a kick on the throat.

Tags said...

We used to hollow out conkers make hole and put a straw in it and smoke horsechestnut leaves in Alan and Maurice field's garden shed,
it was cheaper than Woodbines and better than dog ends from the gutter.
Still we'd better get back to the gourmet gastronomolgy class.
Nothing like a good Pork Pie with mustard and pickles and a pint in the pub.

grace said...

Out of all the wonderfull food you have mentioned my favorite has got to be Roast Beef yorkshire pud and crispy roast potato,s but nobody has said about breast,s of lamb they were cheap during the war so we all had one each dont see them much now nothing like a good chew off the bone.

Anonymous said...

Hi the comments on food has rattled my cage. As little sister said i still do a Oxtail Stew and what about Salt beef and carrots. And I cook Ox tongue and press it, Stuffed breast of lamb, Bread pudding just like mum used to make, to name just a few. I am lucky i still have a local butcher so can buy these things. Looking for someone to cook for at the moment?????

EDna B said...

The last comment was me Edna B.

Tommy said...

Edna have you tried a dating service they are very big and good in the U S A.After my seperation and divorce from my first wife ,we had been married 34 years I had forgot how to date ,I am not sure I ever knew I got married when I was twenty like so many other kids from the estate.Well I found it a good way to meet people with no preasure and I dated many nice ladies over a period of time.You start by talking on the phone and if you decide to meet you go somewhere very busy like for coffee or a cup of tea and take it really slow.you just never know who you might meet,good luck we don't need to be lonely.

Anonymous said...

I have always had a sweet tooth,so I suppose it's no surprise that one of my best food memories is one pancake day. I was invited to a house in Gurnell grove (prefab actually)They were great pancakes & the lady who invited me(she was a home help)serves them up with the thick orange that used to be given for babies.They were yummie.Wonder why that orange vanished. Was it too sweet?
Angela (Wakenell)

Tags said...

How about some pink blancmange made in a rabbit jelly mold or eating the cubes of jelly straight from the packet.
Did anyone else have frogs legs, escargot or sheep brains?
How about some liver and bacon?
Talking about dates, you could make little boats from those empty date boxes.

Anonymous said...

hi i commented on my rice pudding i am lynn's sister Sue

Tags said...

Hi Sue,
Hope your mum is feeling better.

Tommy said...

Hi Sue great to have you.We met at the last two reunions and your Mom is one of my favourite Cuckooites,she took care of my Mom when she lived at 7i Cuckoo Ave and Mom lived ay 67.Please give her my love and I am looking forward to seeing her in 2010.

Maureen Slattery said...

HI EFF,
YES I WAS BORN ON SULGRAVE ROAD AND LIVED THERE UNTIL 1970,I USED TO GO TO COOKS TO GET THE PIE AND MASH EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT .MY TWO SONS AND 4 GRANDSONS STILL GO THERE WHEN THEY GO TO SHEPHERDS BUSH TO FOOTBALL TO SEE QUEENS PARK RANGERS YOU NEVER GET THE BUSH OUT OF YOUR BLOOD.
WHERE ARE YOU NOW ?THOUGHT YOU WERE TRAVELLING ACROSS THE U.S.A HOPE YOU ARE ENJOYING IT
LOVE MAUREENXXX

Ethel (Stevens) Damian said...

OK, speaking of food, today, George and I had a lovely afternoon tea. We found this English tea room, right behing the Shakespeare Pub and Grill on Indio St. in San Diego. We had Scotch eggs, some mini sausage rolls and a lovely pot of PG tips. Oooh it was smashing!
In their shop I bought (imported from England) mince tarts, pickled onions, Branston pickle, & Bangers (made by an English butcher). Ran out of money or would have purchased the whole shop. We sat outside at a table in a beautiful court yard, in 70 degree weather.
As my friend from Birmingham would have said "Lovely tell your mother"
Eff

Anonymous said...

I still cook all those old fashioned foods.I even do pink blamange Tommy in the shape of a rabbit (my mums old glass dish) Do I need to get a life lol.love to you all sally x x x

Johnb said...

Hi Sally,
That's probably where I remembered the pink blancmange rabbit from.
Your mum may have made some for us kids.

Tommy said...

Hi Folks as a point of interest I have heard from Jackie and Peter,also my sister Eileen who lives in Northolt That you can get a great Sunday roast dinner at the Crown in Northolt village.The meal comes with all the fixings ,yorkshire pudding,roast spuds ,two veg.For seniors it is only four ounds and they have two other portions for those with bigger appetites.This is not a buffet and the food is served nice and hot.If you are in the ares give it a try and let us know what you think.