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To say that some things about old fashioned school dinners tasted nice?

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malificent7 Sun 17-Mar-19 12:42:06

Ok..so admittedly they are mostly puddings but i will start with australian crunch and that cornflake, jam treacle flan thingy. I want the recipie!

cloudymelonade Sun 17-Mar-19 12:43:13

Yes! I love a school dinner pudding! Jam roly poly drowned in custard mmmm

HennyPennyHorror Sun 17-Mar-19 12:44:02

Well of course you're not. No idea what Australian Crunch was but we had this amazing cheese pie thing...it was out of this world. Can't replicate it no matter how many supposed "school cheese pie" recipes I try!

Puddings were also amazing. Square slice of sponge thing with either jam and custard or chocolate and a sort of chocolate custard. Sometimes...on rare occasions, we had pink custard!

greyspottedgoose Sun 17-Mar-19 12:46:43

I'm from the turkey twizzler era 😍 I loved rice pudding with the super sweet pink syrupy sauce, we used to mix it in and call it candy floss

OhTheRoses Sun 17-Mar-19 12:46:52

Pudding as custard fine but that always ran out and I was inavariably left with crusty apple pie or semolina.

The mince stew was nice. Not the spam fritters. Sadly my recollections are of lumpy mash with black bits and soggy cabbage.

I think my dislike stemmed from the fact we were supposed to be grateful for them.

SeaViewBliss Sun 17-Mar-19 12:49:21

We used to have a chicken cobbler which was almost certainly made from scrag end chicken mince but the gravy was so delicious.

Aph413 Sun 17-Mar-19 12:53:20

We used to have the most amazing Lancashire hotpot that I've never managed to make the same since.
Bit we also used to have pizza, it was thick and pillowy, used to be bought to the table in a tray where we'd cut and serve it. Fantastic. I'm craving it now

Justincase87 Sun 17-Mar-19 12:54:12

I remember have ravioli cheese and chips on a Friday, cornflake tart was amazing, and I buy the Quorn 'roast' when I want to replicate the weird tube of meat you got with a roast dinner

SheSnapsThenSheFarts Sun 17-Mar-19 12:56:49

Cornflake tart was my only good memory! Without the custard though which was, without exception, over thick and when poured it seemed to burst out of its skin. Was always poured from a pastel coloured metal jug too I seem to recall.....

longwayoff Sun 17-Mar-19 13:02:58

Ohhh lovely, a school dinners thread. Assorted sponge puds and custard. But also, lumpy mash and, the worst ever which still makes me feel ill, tinned tomatoes with watery poached white fish. Shudder. Cost me my whole lunch break and subsequent playtime for refusing to touch it.

ScreamingValenta Sun 17-Mar-19 13:03:23

I have fond memories of school ravioli. Never found anything like it since! They also did a lovely hot dog with onions - this was in the 80s before anyone had thought of making school dinners healthy.

ballsdeep Sun 17-Mar-19 13:04:40

Cake and custard

We used to have a snack bar (imagine that now!) with four sandwiches, a sugary biscuit and a desert! All topped off with a milkshake 🤣🤣

LaurieFairyCake Sun 17-Mar-19 13:04:40

Home made coleslaw and chips

Giant biscuits sandwiched with buttercream and jam - again, homemade

Semolina

Mememeplease Sun 17-Mar-19 13:05:11

We had a banana bread that was like no other banana bread I've tried since.

LaurieFairyCake Sun 17-Mar-19 13:07:45

Chocolate mint traybake

Binting Sun 17-Mar-19 13:08:21

I used to love my free school dinners (my mum wasn’t into cooking much). I especially liked the chocolate sponge and pink custard, not that it really tasted of anything, it was just warm and sweet. Our dinner ladies were mostly Irish and pretty good cooks, with the Irish mentality of making sure you had plenty of food.

IamFrauBlucher Sun 17-Mar-19 13:08:46

From the 70's school dinner era, my face was Manchester Tart.

ScreamingValenta Sun 17-Mar-19 13:08:50

We used to have a snack bar

We had a 'tuck shop' that sold nothing but crisps, fizzy drinks and chocolate bars. Amazingly, almost everyone in the school was quite thin!

IamFrauBlucher Sun 17-Mar-19 13:09:33

My fave. Although probably my face too, after eating it. 🤣🤣

KarenOnCrack Sun 17-Mar-19 13:10:21

Sponge cake with icing and hundreds and thousands. So very simple but looked forward to Friday lunchtimes for this pudding alone.

Worst = spam 🤢.

Iooselipssinkships Sun 17-Mar-19 13:11:01

Hot dog day was the BEST day. When you could smell them at break time the excitement went up ten fold.
The curries were lovely too.
And the jam roly poly
Apple crumble
Ice cream roll
I loved school food though
I love food.
Food.

longwayoff Sun 17-Mar-19 13:11:14

Giant biscuits! Had completely forgotten them. Ours were plain though to accompany fruit jelly and some odd ersatz cream that seemed to be made from margarine and sugar whipped together.

pineapplebryanbrown Sun 17-Mar-19 13:11:49

We had something called traffic lights for pudding. It was like shortbread with yed, yellow or green gloop on it, delicious! This was back when people approved of artificial flavourings and colours.

Also spam fritters!

chemenger Sun 17-Mar-19 13:13:22

We used to have amazing lentil soup with a cheese biscuit, delicious. Which makes me wonder why I’ve never made cheese biscuits for soup. Also great macaroni and cheese with beetroot and (because I’m Scottish) wonderful stovies that you could smell cooking all morning, served with oatcakes and (more) beetroot. I also liked the salads with grated carrots and swede and (you’ve guessed it) cubed beetroot.

EmmaGrundyForPM Sun 17-Mar-19 13:14:00

70s schoolkid here.

I used to really like Chocolate Concrete. I dont reallyike pudding gs now but I did find a recipe for it and made it a few years ago. Amazingly it tasted just as I remembered it but my DC refused to eat it!

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