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Did anyone else's mum give them a food nobody you speak to has heard of?

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Rollerbird Wed 13-Feb-19 12:41:30

Although with mumsnet I bet others have had 'it:
In my case it's a' treat' of Cabbage Water
Basically when she cooked (boiled) cabbage (which was with a chopped onion, pepper and nutmeg) I could have a cup of the water after (veg stock I suppose)
I did see it as a treat and am drinking some now, remembering her fondly.

GreenThing Wed 13-Feb-19 12:44:08

Cabbage water, yes!

But there was no fancy nutmeg or anything for us.

She'd boil up the bacon and cabbage, and we'd get the water in a mag at the end. Salty grin .

In the poor times it was water from cabbage only, and a plate of spuds and butter.

Rollerbird Wed 13-Feb-19 12:45:58

So delicious though
Proper comfort food!

MattBerrysHair Wed 13-Feb-19 12:46:32

Yes, my dm made this oatmeal, apple, plain yogurt, honey and sultana thing which she gave us for breakfast. We called it slop'. I promise it's really delicious!

punishmepunisher Wed 13-Feb-19 12:52:20

Tinned new potatoes on toast.

BlueChampagne Wed 13-Feb-19 12:53:47

Brunost cheese ... in the 70s! However I have a friend who is a fellow-fan.

Chocolatecoffeeaddict Wed 13-Feb-19 12:55:09

One of my best memories of my Grandad is sitting on the kitchen worktop while he made me cabbage water. I used to absolutely love it and ask for it all the time.

HalfBloodPrincess Wed 13-Feb-19 12:58:30

I loved the cabbage water! Really looked forward to it! Was my nan who used to give it to us though.

I use it to make gravy now if I’m using bisto

Rollerbird Wed 13-Feb-19 13:00:26

Good to see the cabbage water love.
I'm from NW and dh is southern and he definitely hasn't heard of it!

runoutofnamechanges Wed 13-Feb-19 13:00:33

@MattBerrysHair That sounds like Bircher muesli. How very fashion forward of your mum!

miltonroad Wed 13-Feb-19 13:07:27

Condensed mushroom soup and pasta - still eat it now as a comfort food 😂 oh and Ribena made with milk 🤢

Two2tango Wed 13-Feb-19 13:07:44

Ooh this takes me back.

Did anyone else get "soup meat"? Basically the leftover meat from a joint that had been used for making stock/soup, all tender and thready, mixed with mayonaise and pickled onions?

I have a feeling this was just us...

RiverTam Wed 13-Feb-19 13:10:29


not as exciting as it sounds, basically a sort of stew made from leftovers. Could be nice, could be grim.

Tahitiitsamagicalplace Wed 13-Feb-19 13:12:05

My mum used to give us this hot banana flavoured dessert with crushed biscuits on the top. Can't find it anywhere and I used to love it.

NorthEndGal Wed 13-Feb-19 13:13:58

My mum would make hot chocolate custard, and chop in bananas and we'd eat it piping hot

JockTamsonsBairns Wed 13-Feb-19 13:15:58

When I was a child, my mum used to make the dish we all dreaded - it was sort of browned mince with a poached egg on top. I don't know if it had an actual name, or if it was something she thought up herself, but it was truly awful 😷

MrsJayy Wed 13-Feb-19 13:16:04

I loved soup meat sometimes you would get it for your dinner now ham hock is seen as a bit fancy it is basically soup meatgrin

TheQueef Wed 13-Feb-19 13:17:41


Tawdrylocalbrouhaha Wed 13-Feb-19 13:21:45

"Harvey Wallbanger" - it was basically a Popeye egg, but with other random stuff added.

Also Spaghetti Ring - leftover spaghetti plonked in a bundt tin, scattered with other leftovers, pour on beaten eggs, add cheese, and cook until congealed. Mmmmmm.

BarkandCheese Wed 13-Feb-19 13:22:26

We had caveman crunch. It was actually a recipe from a set of recipe cards my mum got free from somewhere. It was mince browned with onions, ketchup and sultanas with crushed up cornflakes on top. It was delicious but no one else has ever heard of it.

BirthdayCakes Wed 13-Feb-19 13:23:13

Before we became vegetarians my mum would sometimes grill steak and then mop up the fat that dripped through with bread - I guess that's dripping? We put it down to her rationing/east end childhood but it was absolutely delicious!

I secretly sometimes eat the fat left over from a roast..

Hoppinggreen Wed 13-Feb-19 13:24:21

My mum mixed grated carrot and cheese and mixed in salad cream
Served on lettuce
Absolutely delish

TheQueef Wed 13-Feb-19 13:24:44

Bread and dripping is lovely.
A superfood even.

halfwitpicker Wed 13-Feb-19 13:26:02

Chicken bone soup. Made by grandma.

Basically, homemade chicken stock. Utterly delicious.

MrsJayy Wed 13-Feb-19 13:26:14

Bread and dripping was common my uncles talk about it . The fat is where the taste is imo

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