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Old March 7 2011, 11:44 PM   #1
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UK school dinners 80s&90s

On another board I go on we got talking about UK school dinners from the 80s/90s.
We all remembered the pink and mint custard and cornflake cakes.
But not one of us can identify the cheese cake they used to serve, No matter how many different brands I try, I can not find one that taste as good has the one they used to served in school.
Does anyone on here remember it? And more importantly do you know who made it?
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Old March 7 2011, 11:58 PM   #2
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One of my neighbours is a school cook. She has done that job all her working life and is now nearing retirement. She would probably know if I asked her.
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Old March 8 2011, 12:01 AM   #3
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Re: UK school dinners 80s&90s

I don't know about the cheesecake, but I clearly remember the really thin but really taste Apple Crumble with custard we used to get.

Mmm Mmm.
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Old March 8 2011, 12:04 AM   #4
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I only have seen Jamie Olivers special series on UK school dinners and it scared me
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Old March 8 2011, 12:23 AM   #5
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I only have seen Jamie Olivers special series on UK school dinners and it scared me
That was the school dinners of the noughties - they hadn't invented turkey twizzlers when we were at school
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Old March 8 2011, 01:51 AM   #6
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Re: UK school dinners 80s&90s

What I remember about school dinners (or lunch as they were in the US) is that everything tasted delicious. I am quite sure it wasn't. I just loathed school so much and getting to pick out some food and sit down with it was like a fabulous holiday in the middle of the horrors.

What I do remember was that every day there was a different combination of the same three ingredients: pasta, ground beef, tomato based sauce

And chocolate milk was 6 cents a carton, must have been some government make-them-drink-milk thing.

I was in a single parent health food crunchy granola family though so I think I was just dazzled by all this food full of salt and sugar and containing no lentils, ever.
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Old March 8 2011, 11:02 PM   #7
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I liked most school dinners. Prep school had the usual classic school dinners with awesome stodgy puddings with custard (with skin, of course!). In my later school, we were pretty well catered too, although with a more international range of dishes. Mind you, just as often, I would skip a proper lunch and go the tuck shop and buy crisps, chocolates and sweets. Sugar-coated cola-bottle penny sweets were awesome, and I discovered that if eaten together, salt-n-vinegar crisps, cherry coke, and a Lion bar make for the most intense flavour combination. Yeah, I was _fat_ as a kid! My heart's grateful I lost all the weight later.

But even the tuck shop wasn't as unhealthy as school teas (we finished school at 6pm, so had tea at around 4pm). As much refined white sliced bread as you could stomach, with bream and jam!
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Old March 9 2011, 01:20 AM   #8
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Holdfast Lion Bars are my favorite ever candy bar. They are the only nostalgia food I went for years without that actually tasted as wonderful as I remembered. Now I know a few shops I can usually buy them in here and when I get there I always do. Apparently they are not very common in the UK now? A friend's parents came over to visit and said they looked in 20 shops before they found any.
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Old March 9 2011, 09:04 PM   #9
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I liked most school dinners. Prep school had the usual classic school dinners with awesome stodgy puddings with custard (with skin, of course!). In my later school, we were pretty well catered too, although with a more international range of dishes. Mind you, just as often, I would skip a proper lunch and go the tuck shop and buy crisps, chocolates and sweets. Sugar-coated cola-bottle penny sweets were awesome, and I discovered that if eaten together, salt-n-vinegar crisps, cherry coke, and a Lion bar make for the most intense flavour combination. Yeah, I was _fat_ as a kid! My heart's grateful I lost all the weight later.

But even the tuck shop wasn't as unhealthy as school teas (we finished school at 6pm, so had tea at around 4pm). As much refined white sliced bread as you could stomach, with bream and jam!
I was not one of the popular children at school, so I think I only ever got the skin once.
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Old March 9 2011, 11:58 PM   #10
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Holdfast Lion Bars are my favorite ever candy bar. They are the only nostalgia food I went for years without that actually tasted as wonderful as I remembered. Now I know a few shops I can usually buy them in here and when I get there I always do. Apparently they are not very common in the UK now? A friend's parents came over to visit and said they looked in 20 shops before they found any.
I don't know... I can still find them. Perhaps too many people have been poaching the Lions without permission...

I just looked up Lion Bars on wikipedia to see whether their availability/status had changed. It seems there's some kind of funny internet meme suggesting that a lower league football player went missing after entering a supermarket to buy a Lion bar. How random.

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I liked most school dinners. Prep school had the usual classic school dinners with awesome stodgy puddings with custard (with skin, of course!). In my later school, we were pretty well catered too, althoug
I was not one of the popular children at school, so I think I only ever got the skin once.
The skin really is the best bit. And it has to be the really artificial-tasting Bird's fluorescent yellow custard.

I mean, I'm all for a good vanilla creme anglaise for a fancy dessert.... but if it's a roly-poly pudding or spotted dick, I want custard with skin! D
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Old March 10 2011, 01:47 AM   #11
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Best thing I remember about school dinners was giant COOKIES
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Old March 10 2011, 11:48 AM   #12
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Primary school dinners were a nightmare to me, except for the puddings. I probably would have enjoyed them now, I remember lots of soupy green vegetables, ravioli, salt beef, quite healthy stuff I think... I found it all beyond disgusting, and the dinner ladies never let me go till I had eaten at least a bit, so I used to spend most lunchtimes staring at a plate of food, waiting till it was 10 mins before lunch was over, when they would allow me to have my pudding, and I'd run out to play for 5 mins.

I don't ever remember getting cheesecake though, maybe I never chose it, I remember apple crumble, jelly, jam roly polys, spotted dick.... apple crumble with strawberry custard was my favourite.

High school, we were allowed out to lunch, we usually elected to go to the local Dominoes for a mini pizza and coke, or the local fish and chip shop for fat chips with plenty of malt vinegar, and Frijj strawberry milkshake. I have no idea how I didn't get fat, probably because I walked rather than taking the bus, and apart from a breakfast of Weetabix, it was my only meal of the day. I hated my mother's cooking just as much as Primary school dinners! Never stopped her cooking every night though, poor woman.
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Old March 10 2011, 12:35 PM   #13
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Lion bar
I remember those! They were my brother's first choice whenever we went to the sweep shop. You've got me remembering all the other bars now too.

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The skin really is the best bit. And it has to be the really artificial-tasting Bird's fluorescent yellow custard.
A skin on food is always something that repels me. I'm inclined to scrape it off and dispose of it. You'll probably think that's sinful
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Old March 10 2011, 01:26 PM   #14
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Re: UK school dinners 80s&90s

When I ate Lion Bars they had a lovely wrapper. I remember it being a very light creamy color with an MGM style lion on it. It is completely ugly now, black with a cartoon lion.

OMG look how delicious it looks!!!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lion_Bar

I used to eat an apple and a Lion Bar every day for lunch. I thought this was the perfect combination.
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Old March 10 2011, 04:14 PM   #15
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Best thing I remember about school dinners was giant COOKIES
You are talking about secondary school dinners from the canteen, we're talking about primary school dinners where there was no choice you just got what you where given.
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