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Started by halfnelson on May 13, 2018 4:36:48 PM
School dinner memories

Luncheon meat, burnt chips and tinned tomatoes.

Yoghurt flan (basically, Manchester tart with plain yoghurt instead of custard).

Such was the culinary lot of the 1980s primary school kid in Salford. How was it where you were?

Gotout - 13 May 2018 16:39:34 (#1 of 205)

Late 50s to early 60s, the smell of cabbage, always cabbage....

SinnerBoy - 13 May 2018 16:41:05 (#2 of 205)

Deep fried batter balls, with unidentified vegetables and unidentifiable meat. Mmm! I used to buy one from the takeaway window.

Cavewoman - 13 May 2018 16:42:43 (#3 of 205)

One wonderful summer in the late 50s or early 60s when there was a potato shortage and instead of imperfectly boiled spuds with grey lumps we had bread and marge so we could make salad sandwiches.

Brunothecat - 13 May 2018 16:46:23 (#4 of 205)

They used to give us fish and chips on Fridays, and it was the one thing they really got right. Lucky there.

clammy - 13 May 2018 16:49:11 (#5 of 205)

I ate every thing, best day Friday fish and chips maybe spotted dick and custard. Wonderful a full tummy.

carterbrandon - 13 May 2018 16:56:00 (#6 of 205)

Finding butter beans disgusting (I love them now)

Domes of watery mashed potatoes. (Still hate the stuff)

'Abortions' (plum tomatoes - black Catholic humour starts as early as primary school).

downbuzz - 13 May 2018 16:58:41 (#7 of 205)

Semolina with a bit of jam, treacle sponge and custard, rhubarb crumble and custard. I loved the deserts at my school.

Verdigris - 13 May 2018 16:58:51 (#8 of 205)

Late 50s to early 60s, the smell of cabbage, always cabbage...

Same era. I once went back for a twelfth-helping of cabbage. Still love brassicas of all sorts to this day. The only thing I can remember actively disliking was when they boldly offered we council-house kids the cosmopolitan option of curry. They might have got away with it if they hadn't broken that cardinal rule of nature that you never put fucking raisins in curry or Bombay Mix!

dottie30 - 13 May 2018 16:59:06 (#9 of 205)

I can recall one primary school I went to giving us prunes for dessert. And people actually eating them! (I didn't).

Cavewoman - 13 May 2018 16:59:15 (#10 of 205)

Eating a mouthful of lurid green mushy peas and finding that several of them were actually lumps of salt stained with pea juice. The memory still makes me want to retch.

solomongursky - 13 May 2018 17:00:17 (#11 of 205)

Mmmm, green salt.

Verdigris - 13 May 2018 17:00:28 (#12 of 205)

I can recall one primary school I went to giving us prunes for dessert.

Prunes in/on rice pudding looked particularly unappetising.

halfnelson - 13 May 2018 17:00:34 (#13 of 205)

I once went back for a twelfth-helping of cabbage

I do hope the classrooms were well-ventilated...

SinnerBoy - 13 May 2018 17:00:58 (#14 of 205)

We used to get tinned plums, in the infants. I liked them, but quite a few had caterpillars in them.

darkhorse - 13 May 2018 17:05:09 (#15 of 205)

We regularly had primary school prunes for dessert. Five we'd get, so satisfyingly we expected to be rich men.

VeniVidiVicious - 13 May 2018 17:13:47 (#16 of 205)

Oh god. Where to start? At my primary school you could not have dessert if you didn't eat your main course. Consequently I get rarely got any pudding. But that was ok because it was mostly semolina with a blob of jam, watery custard, the worst being PINK custard, some kind of jam coconut tart with hard rancid pastry. Essentially there was nothing I liked ever apart from salad. Watery baked beans, spam fritters, egg and bacon pie, dry grey mashed potato served in an ice cream scoop, rubbery anaemic sausages, grey mince, "fish" pie, it was all hideous.

FleurDuMal - 13 May 2018 17:14:50 (#17 of 205)

Frogspawn pudding....


SinnerBoy - 13 May 2018 17:16:26 (#18 of 205)

I never had tapioca until adulthood. I quite like it. I can't stand semolina, or sago.

Verdigris - 13 May 2018 17:19:40 (#19 of 205)

I loved semolina and jam.

browserbutton - 13 May 2018 17:23:45 (#20 of 205)

I remember school food being not exactly bad, but not exactly good. The whole point of school dinners was to refuel -- it was scoffed as quickly as possible to maximise playtime, which inevitably led to terrible farts being released into the afternoon classroom.

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