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School meals, what are your memories?

edited 16 June at 1:51PM in The Money Savers Arms
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Cold lumpy mash and grisly meat followed by watery custard.
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    edited 16 June at 2:06PM
    I ate pretty much everything, really.
    And had seconds!

    The only thing that I had a real, physical aversion to was mashed potato. I couldn't eat it at home either. It would make me gag.

    These were the days when you had to have a bit of everything on offer, and you had to clear your plate, otherwise you were kept behind until you finished it.

    After several instances of me sat in the dining hall, gagging, crying, and pouring salt over tiny amounts of mash as I tried to get it down me, (somehow salt made it slightly easier to swallow), the teachers on duty, finally realising that this was a real aversion  and not just me playing up, told me that if I got a note from my mother asking me to be excused from mashed potato, I could be excused it. 

    Which I did. Even then, sometimes the dinner ladies asked for verification, until they got to know me.
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    Pyxis, I had the same problem with custard! It was only when I brought the whole lot back up in the pig swill bin that they let me refuse the horrid stuff.
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    We sat at tables of 8 and pudding was served one to each table, for us to divide and serve up amongst ourselves. There was one particular pudding that only two of us liked, so we got half each!  The pudding was what is nowadays called a 'tray bake' - pastry base, a layer of jam, topped with custard, served warm/cold.  Yummy.  It was the cold custard (plus skin) that put most people off. I could eat some now. 🤪
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    We had lovely school dinners at junior school in the late seventies. Chocolate sponge with mint custard and jam and coconut sponge with pink custard were particular favourites :yum:
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    We also had this, which a bakery near me has started selling..

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    Urgh soggy chips!
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    Braised liver 🤢

    I liked everything else. I used to fight people to get to the front of the queue for custard so I could have the skin 🥣
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    edited 16 June at 5:35PM
    Morbier said:
    We sat at tables of 8 and pudding was served one to each table, for us to divide and serve up amongst ourselves. There was one particular pudding that only two of us liked, so we got half each!  The pudding was what is nowadays called a 'tray bake' - pastry base, a layer of jam, topped with custard, served warm/cold.  Yummy.  It was the cold custard (plus skin) that put most people off. I could eat some now. 🤪
    I liked that, too. Can't remember what it was called. 
    Just googled it! Manchester Tart! I knew it was named after a town!

    Cold custard is funny. As part of a cake of tart, in a set state, I quite like it, even if it has skin. As just cold custard though, poured over something, it's a no-no.
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    We had lovely school dinners, apart from on Mondays, which were a bit scratch - baked beans, mash and spam, followed by dig and splash ( thin layer of pastry, jam and coconut, with custard). The chocolate pudding and sauce were gorgeous. 
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    Vile, at best barely edible slop/sludge served by women with a fierce hatred of children, eaten in halls patrolled by psychopaths whose entire goal in life was to make your experience of eating as unpleasant and antisocial and divisive as possible.

    Heaven help those who tried to opt-out by taking a packed lunch - You were truly persona non-grata and had to take your place in the queue behind the free meal kids in order to get a seat at the one table, grudgingly set aside for all of you.

    Even today, there are still certain foods/combinations that can induce shocking flashbacks - and anyone serving me boiled cabbage Is taking a big chance!


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