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

chickensaresafehere Fri 22-Mar-19 20:31:41

I went to an all girls private school in the early 80's - think St Trinians.
We used to have school dinners in either the posh upstairs dining room or the 'below stairs' mess hall - with really long tables & benches & dead animal heads on the walls. There were still the row of bells labelled with different parts of the house (it was an old stately home) which could be rung to summon the servants!!
Friday was fish finger & smash day. A prefect would stand at the top of the table & dish out 2 fish fingers on each plate, & send them down the table,because Fridays err our favourite we would put a plate on our knees (under the table) & one in front of us,so we had 4 fish fingers instead of 2!!!
We also had 'splodge' which was a type of angel delight,but made with water instead of milk.
We only had corn flake cake on special occasions!!
Oh & we had named pigeon holes that we kept our own personal napkins in,that we had to take to dinner with us every day.

mrscee Fri 22-Mar-19 20:33:53

Concrete tart was like a shortbread with sugar on the top and it had glacé cherries in it

unexpectedgifts Fri 22-Mar-19 20:34:08

My best middle school memories were the food!

It was late 1970's and a new school was built in the area, huge kitchen and super school cook.

Everyone who could ate her food, all the teachers too. We queued up for seconds and thirds if there was any left.

The school before this had dreadful food and the school after was poor. But this cook was truly amazing.

PlatypusPie Fri 22-Mar-19 20:51:04

I remember a weird meat pie, served with salad, that was really a tart ie open, with pastry on the top, made of beef mince with a cheese topping. I can’t think quite how it was made, because it was neither too sloppy nor hard but was absolutely delicious. The head cook was a brilliant pastry maker.

My father was a headmaster and moved to a new school. He came home raving about the wonderful cook who ran the kitchen - very high quality, adventurous cooking and yet she kept within budget. Turned out later that she had lots of contacts in the poaching world and the school was feasting on pheasant and salmon on a regular basis!

And the only thing I ever disliked about school lunches was Butterscotch Tart - made me shudder, unlike all the PP fans earlier in the thread.

LadyMonicaBaddingham Fri 22-Mar-19 20:59:59

The head cook from my primary school came to my wedding! I still cook things she used to make; the most amazing sausage plait bring chief among them. We also used to have the most amazing pud called Vicarage pudding, which was basically a bread pudding with sweet white sauce, but I've never been able to get it right, even with her help... The school sadly no longer has a kitchen and is packed lunch only 😔

Isitweekendyet Fri 22-Mar-19 21:06:22

Chocolate cake and mint custard.


The semolina and jam.

All of it... if they did a 90's meals on wheels I'd be down.

But I can still feel the pain of jacket potato and yoghurt day.

ScrommidgeClaryAndSpunt Fri 22-Mar-19 21:18:12

Sponge and custard.
Apple crumble and custard.
Chocolate sponge and chocolate custard.
Anything involving custard, really.
Fish and chips on Fridays.
Roast on Wednesdays.
Sausages at breakfast. No doubt all lips, ears and arseholes but they tasted good.

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