Wednesday, 28 March 2012
Nostalgia...2. Childhood Food
I was thinking about this today. The last time I saw my friend Gwen, she gave me a jar of Marmite, which someone had given to her, which she doesn't like...so she passed it on to me. It's about a year past it's sell by date, but it tastes OK, and we expats will suffer out-of-date packets and jars, rather than throw away precious food that we can't get here.
I made a Marmite sandwich today, and remembered I had some crisps in the cupboard so added them to the sandwich. Immediately it took me back to schooldays, when I would take Marmite sandwiches to school, buy some crisps on the way, and add them to the sandwiches. Mmmm....delicious.
Then I started thinking about school dinners. I absolutely loved custard, rice pudding and semolina at school. Sometimes these puddings were like water, and other times so thick you could stand your spoon up in them. I didn't mind either. I just loved them. I still adore custard and semolina today....real comfort food.
I also love home-made soup. But the best soup I have ever had in my life, was the oxtail soup made by my grandmother. Monday was soup day at my grandmother's house. She would buy oxtail (which I'm not even sure you can find easily these days), and spend all day making the soup. I would call in on my way home from school, and a huge bowl of soup would be waiting for me, accompanied by crusty bread.
I tried to replicate my grandmother's soup several times, but it never tasted the same.
So tell me....what foods remind you of your childhood?