Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Nostalgia...2. Childhood Food

Are there certain foods that remind you of childhood?

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  It's about a year past it's sell by date, but it tastes OK, and we expats will suffer out-of-date packets and jars, rather than throw away  precious food that we can't get here.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?

22 comments:

  1. My grandmother's soup.
    Mince - she chose the meat and had it minced before her eyes - with finely diced carrots and turnips accompanied by slices of toast.

    School meat pie...crumbly pastry and meat which I seem to remember as being quite red in colour in an extremely tasty gravy!

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    1. Mmm...another wonderful soup-making grandmother, Fly.

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  2. Ox tails are now trendy in the UK, like lamb shanks and are quite expensive to buy. I also love custard and rice pudding. Next time you come, remind me to make custard tarts.

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    1. BtoB: It's funny how all these cheap cuts of yesteryear are making a comeback. Pity they are no longer cheap.

      Ooh custard tarts! Yes I'll definitely remind you x

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  3. tinned mandarine orange segments ! I haven't eaten them for years, but I can just picture my dad opening the tin...and then looking for the carnation milk to pour over them. My mother must have been out...she wouldn't have approved.J.

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    1. Oh I love carnation milk Janice...haven't had that for years.

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  4. I like this post...:-) My favorite use to be 'Macaroni and Cheese', still is but I don't eat it too often.In the summer hot dogs and burgers....off the barbecue, when I was a kid.Oh yes and kofte's, especially with crusty bread and butter. My Aunt use to make that for us....same as the Turk's do but a bit bigger.
    Thanks for the 'blast from the past'.

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    1. Glad you liked the post Erica. I never did like macaroni cheese...still don't. I have a freeling it was because my Mum attempted to make it once and it wasn't very nice. I think that just put me off.

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  5. Jam tarts for tea with a glass of milk; fish fingers, rice and home-made sweet and sour sauce (my Mum's venture into the exotic); sweetbreads; picnics in the garden with teddies and those tiny Hovis loaves spread with butter and hundreds and thousands!

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    1. A good mixture of memories there Jan. I remember thoe little Hovis loaves too. Lovely weren't they?

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  6. Thank you for the trip down memory lane. Dollies' tea-parties with dolly mixures (of course!), pieces of Battenberg cake, and those tiny biscuits with a whirl of icing on the top.

    Comfort food for me is definitely macaroni cheese, but I remember my mother's soups (ham and lentil was my favourite) and rabbit stews which would bubble away on the Aga all day.

    School dinners were awful at my school - grissle in watery sauce with black-spotted stinking cabbage, followed invariably by semolina, tapioca or the awful sago which looked like frogspawn!

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    1. Those little biscuits were called iced gems weren't they Vicky?
      You mentioning rabbit stew reminds me of the rabbit pie my mother used to make...delicious.

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    2. Yes, iced gems!! I could only remember that we used to call them dog-biscuits because of the size.

      And pigeon-pie and kedgeree, things I haven't eaten since I left home but I can still remember how wonderful they tasted!

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    3. Apart from the icing on top Vicky, they didn't taste of much. They could easily be mistaken for dog biscuits.

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  7. I prefer sago to semolina. Semolina is the wallpaper paste whereas sago is frogspawn. I miss liver and onions. Loved it at school and first hubby cooked it lovely too.

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    1. I never liked sago Kv, because of the similarity to frogspawn. I love liver and onions too...mmm.

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  8. Marmite, will last forever because of its salt content. Over here people say they love it of hate it....... and I love it.
    When I was a child we had quite simple foods because of the war rationing....... I used to like fried bread with Golden Syrup spread on it for breakfast. Never had it since!
    Omlettes made from egg powder (sent from USA) used to taste very yummy too.
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

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    1. Yes Maggie, Marmite is very much a love or hate food isn't it? I love it which is strange because I don't like salt on anything else.

      I never tried egg powder, but wondered what it was like.

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  9. I add crisps to tuna. Cinnamon toast reminds me of childhood.

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    1. Crisps with tuna sounds good Kelleyn x

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  10. What a fun post, Ayak. Marmite is a no-no for me but I love all milk puddings, though I hardly ever make them now. I still make a number of favourite childhood dishes, such as pea and ham soup with suet dumplings or meat and potato pie.

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    1. I just love milk puddings Perpetua. When we lived in Avanos we had a milk shop where we could buy milk straight from the cow. Of course it had to be boiled before use, but it was so creamy and made wonderful rice pudding.

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