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Started by mingmong on Jun 29, 2018 12:17:15 PM
Food that only tasted good when made by your granny

"But I don't like broccoli when you cook it. I only like it at granny's house."

(words guaranteed to infuriate any parent)

mingmong - 29 Jun 2018 12:24:35 (#1 of 138)

e.g. egg and cress sandwiches

Our granny used to make us picnics when we went out fishing. These included egg and cress sandwiches, as well as a penguin bar, a bag of crisps and a tangerine.

I have never liked egg and cress sandwiches before or since, but these ones were utterly scrumptious. You would even scoff them before you started on your crisps.

What's that all about?

tasselhoff - 29 Jun 2018 12:29:05 (#2 of 138)

Wow, what happened to cress? It was ubiquitous in my childhood.

RosyLovelady - 29 Jun 2018 12:31:35 (#3 of 138)

It's been rebranded as sprouting greens and costs ££.

surferboogiewhatever - 29 Jun 2018 12:33:58 (#4 of 138)

My granny never made anything from scratch in my lifetime, and most of what she did give us was bland and uninspiring.

RosyLovelady - 29 Jun 2018 12:37:20 (#5 of 138)

Same here. Her whole side of the family thought onions were too highly flavoured for nice people to eat.

SinnerBoy - 29 Jun 2018 12:38:58 (#6 of 138)

tasselhoff -

Wow, what happened to cress?

Morrison's sell it. I had it a few times, last summer.

Stellata - 29 Jun 2018 12:44:36 (#7 of 138)

Yorkshire puddings. I’ve never had one that tasted even half as good as the ones my gran made. They were huge as well.

Ginmonkey - 29 Jun 2018 12:47:40 (#8 of 138)

Steak and kidney pie - i realise latterly it was probably because my granny made the puff pastry from scratch with lard.

helenskywalker - 29 Jun 2018 13:24:14 (#9 of 138)

Bacon and egg pie (I used to take them on school trips), baked custard, chicken Maryland with proper chips, ham with new potatoes, broad beans and parsley sauce, prawn cocktail, roast lamb with Yorkshire salad, minestrone, gooseberry fool, wholemeal bread, Russian cake, elderflower champagne.

I really miss my Nana.

FleurDuMal - 29 Jun 2018 13:25:03 (#10 of 138)

Swiss rolls. The commercial ones taste like bath-sponges, but my grandma's version was a thing of wonder.

dottie30 - 29 Jun 2018 13:27:18 (#11 of 138)

My maternal grandmother never cooked. She had staff.

My paternal grandmother, however was a magnificent cook. And hers is the only apple pie I ever liked.

RosyLovelady - 29 Jun 2018 13:36:46 (#12 of 138)

That's quite something. Apple pie is almost guaranteed to be the blandly dullest food ever invented.

surferboogiewhatever - 29 Jun 2018 13:43:39 (#13 of 138)

Apple pie varies enormously. One summer in my late teens I set out to have apple pie in every single café in Leicester that served it, and establish which was the best. (If only blogging had been invented then, perhaps I would have blogged the search and become an influential figure.) They varied from the stodgy, watery and tasteless to the crisp, spicy and delicious - but unfortunately the winning café has been gone for about 30 years now.

I really like the sound of helen's Nana.

mingmong - 29 Jun 2018 14:08:33 (#14 of 138)

The Minglet used to talk about "granny soup" when he was younger (which, I should add, was soup made by not of Ma Ming). Naturally enough, when I followed the recipe to the letter and produced something that was effectively identical , it was still judged to be "not proper granny soup", and spurned accordingly

Quite a few families have similar concepts. I heard Andi Oliver talking about "nana rice" on the Kitchen Cabinet. But I bet even she can't cook nana rice that her kids would consider to be the real thing

xDiggy - 29 Jun 2018 14:09:59 (#15 of 138)

Only my Aunty Grace could make mince pie. Whenever my mum made mince pie it was vastly inferior, with soggy pastry. I only now appreciate why my mum got a bit narky whenever I pointed this out.

darkhorse - 29 Jun 2018 14:10:23 (#16 of 138)

My granny made cauliflower bearable to a seven year old by cooking it to mush and covering it with gravy. So the cauliflower was just gravy thickener.

HorstVogel - 29 Jun 2018 14:17:48 (#17 of 138)

I'm wondering what kind of apple pies people have been eating?

HerrWalrus - 29 Jun 2018 14:21:45 (#18 of 138)

Ones with blackberries in them. Never works well.

FleurDuMal - 29 Jun 2018 14:22:30 (#19 of 138)

I agree - they look exactly like blood clots.

rearranged - 29 Jun 2018 14:23:24 (#20 of 138)

Apple and blackberry is the best sweet pie there is.

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