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Posted By: Steve - SJD

Random thought as I was enjoying a Country Slice - why did schools give you pink custard?? Answers on a postcard please... I don't think I have ever seen it since - though can't say I have looked as for me custard is yellow :lol: :lol: I did say it was a random thought :wink: Cheers Steve



Posted By: Petros

corn flour sauce with a dash of cochineal ( think I may have spelt this wrong)..cheap substitute for custard way back when!!... Ann

Posted By: Century

Pink custard in schools was made with strawberry blancmange powder - served with jam sponge :wink:

Posted By: Tangutica

  • Century21 wrote:
    Pink custard in schools was made with strawberry blancmange powder - served with jam sponge :wink:

Exactly what I was going to say - it was blancmange, not custard. Hated it. Was usually lumpy. Not as much as I hated the rice pudding with a blob of jam in the middle. That went pink too if you stirred it! And semolina? Pass me a bucket!

Posted By: ethel

Ugh takes me back to my school in East London, where Blancmange and semolina and stuff that looked like frog spawn was served at school lunches,and our food was brought in from Holloway womens prison and it was usually cold and yuck,now i realise why i hated school.

Posted By: Tangutica

  • ethel wrote:
    Ugh takes me back to my school in East London, where Blancmange and semolina and stuff that looked like frog spawn was served at school lunches,and our food was brought in from Holloway womens prison and it was usually cold and yuck,now i realise why i hated school.

Frog Spawn! Yes that exactly described the semolina stuff. ewwww
Our school kitchens were closed down by the local Council as being unfit lol! Ursuline Convent Grammar in Forest Gate. The nuns used to cook and dish it up. Anything gruesome and we were reminded how many starving African children would gobble it up - I mean creatures in green food and fried eggs you could nail to the wall (we used to wrap them in a hanky and slip them into our pockets to dispose of - I've seen softer TOY fried eggs!)
We weren't allowed to leave anything, not even a crumb. They made their own baked beans too - white beans floating in bright reddish liquid with globs of what looked like snot in it (gelatine I spose?) And the cheese pie? I feel ill thinking about it all these years on - served in loaf tins and the 'pie' was submerged under at least an inch of liquid grease on top of it. One day when I was sat staring at the wobbling blancmange feeling quite sick the nun on dinner duty came over and poured salt all over it saying NOW eat it and have something to complain about. I wouldn't eat it and they sent a letter home saying I was guilty of 'gross insubordination in front of a whole school of pupils'. Nothing about the dessert! I had a job convincing home that it was all over a plate of salted blancmange!
After they closed it, the council opened a new dining hall a little bit away from the school and the school dinner operation was run separately by them. After eating what the nuns dished up for us we thought we were in a posh restaurant!
And we had to 'wait on' the teachers when they had their lunch. And they got MUCH nicer food than we did. Not a good idea to get the pupils to serve it up tho! Lots of things can happen to a tray of roast beef in gravy between the kitchen and the makeshift dining room on the other side of the quad! ;)

Posted By: LynSab

I remember semolina and jam, and that dreadful blancmange with the thick outer skin :D Yuk But I don't remember pink custard, but by the time you were in school Steve they may have tried to improve things :lol: I do remember as someone says that strange frogs spawn stuff, what was it called? It wasn't rice or semolina but really tasteless stuff. My worst reminder re school dinners is I can't eat cabbage at all since because the smell reminds me of those dinners in the fifties with that dark green stringy smelly stuff they cooked and served up. 😷😷 The best was when they first started to serve up chips in the sixties, a revolution at the time, and to avoid the mush often served probably the reason why millions of school kids got hooked on chips! I of course was more enterprising and spent my five shillings dinner money on roast chicken crisps ( new flavour then ) and a Frys chocolate bar....my mum would've killed me if she knew.... :oops:

Posted By: Tangutica

Oh Yeah! The SKIN! Oh gawd I'm sorry I started reading this now - just that when Steve asked the question that pink blancmange leapt to the forefront of my mind from what must be 50 yrs ago now! That skin, like a sole on a shoe! You could lift one corner and peel it away! Amazing how clear the memory, visuals, and even the taste of all that sticks with you the rest of your life isn't it? Like I will never forget the smell of the rubber gas mask that the dentist used to use (another horror). I never made any of my kids eat stuff they didn't like the taste of. If one wasn't too keen on veg - they could eat more fruit. I wouldn't let them live on choc ice and chips but expecting everyone to like the same stuff is plain daft I reckon. And draconian dinner table rules result in eating disorders. And stop kids experimenting or trying new stuff. Eating should be one of the pleasures in life not some form of torture. At home we didn't get dessert - we were told to clear our plates and not fill up on drinks beforehand. And also told if we didn't finish it - not to ask for anything else! Eat it or go hungry. But at least it was EDIBLE! And we knew what to expect because like a lot of families in that time - we had the same blerdy dinner on the same day every week. Thurs was steak & kid pud day! One day would be shepherds pie. One day sausages (dad got a chop on sausage day - he said sausages had toenails in them said the same about any ready made pies too). One day stew. Mainly could be described as meat, potatoes and green. Friday was 'fish day' but only my dad got a nice bit of haddock. We got fishcakes! Saturday would be pie mash but only the home made mince pies - not allowed the Telfers ones (see above lol) dad even called them Telfers Toenail Pies. We kids lived on pie mash in school holidays and never got fed up with it! Sometimes we'd buy just a bowl of mash and liquor and spend the difference on sweets! Oh this is taking me right back now. At home we used to get told if we didn't like something to 'put some vinegar on it' and you won't taste it! And with all the warnings about salt in diet now - I can recall our dad telling us you HAVE TO HAVE SALT coz it stops you getting cramp!





Posted By: Tangutica

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  • Lynsab
    The best was when they first started to serve up chips in the sixties, a revolution at the time, and to avoid the mush often served probably the reason why millions of school kids got hooked on chips!

I'd left before that ever happened! Mind you I was appalled that by the time my kids went to school they could opt to eat sausage roll and chips every day if they wanted to. More self service style then. (When I was at school EVERYONE had the same dinner and dessert).
It took years for the powers that be to realise the kids were eating unhealthy stuff every day at school. It was only in the year before I left for Cyprus schools stopped buying sausage rolls for school dinners. I was quality auditor for food production co. in Devon and they lost their biggest buyers of the things - the schools.
By then most kids were just buying crisps and snack bars and other goodies for their lunch. Any kids who were entitled to free school dinners had to have the set cooked meal. That too was abolished as seen as a stigma on them. They were given vouchers instead so they could choose up to the value of but not including fancy drinks.
One of mine came home for lunch and the other survived on chips and beans. We never had chips at home so I suppose he was in heaven! He didn't like any meat and is still veggie now in his 30s. He'd have had a hard time of it at my school lol!

Posted By: spanner

Frog spawn=Sago pudding!

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Posted By: bill

  • ethel wrote:
    Ugh takes me back to my school in East London, where Blancmange and semolina and stuff that looked like frog spawn was served at school lunches,and our food was brought in from Holloway womens prison and it was usually cold and yuck,now i realise why i hated school.

sounds like u wouldn't enjoy the prison food too :lol:

Posted By: LynSab


OMG :shock: That's it.....
What an awful substance...Whatever happened to sago? Don't tell me...they fix roads with it now.... :lol:

Posted By: ethel

  • bill wrote:
    • ethel wrote:
      Ugh takes me back to my school in East London, where Blancmange and semolina and stuff that looked like frog spawn was served at school lunches,and our food was brought in from Holloway womens prison and it was usually cold and yuck,now i realise why i hated school.

    sounds like u wouldn't enjoy the prison food too :lol:
Never been inside Bill but the other disgusting sweet was Tapioca,ugh

Posted By: PatCon


It's not sago. it's tapioca . Sago is finer ground

Posted By: spanner

  • PatCon wrote:

    It's not sago. it's tapioca . Sago is finer ground

Depends on the scale of the picture.
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Posted By: ROB

Have to agree with Steve, Bird's made PINK custard powder.

Posted By: Steve - SJD

Thanks for the replies folks :lol: :lol: Well I don't know exactly what it was but it was always called pink custard and that dinner lady with the funny hair always used to drown my pudding in it :evil: :wink: Now i've been made to think about frog spawn - yuk! Frog spawn is on about the same level as the mashed potatoes - think it was the packet stuff but it doubled up as plaster when it dried out. Combine all the above with the smell of hops blowing through the air (our school was up wind from Tetley's Brewery) and you can see why I was pleased to go onto packed lunches :lol: Cheers Steve

Posted By: spurs

I remember the pink custard, I cant remember it being that bad, the only thing I hated was the greens, I remember putting it in my handkerchief many times when the dinner lady's weren't looking, even today the smell makes me want to puke, senior school changed everything, bag of chips with a pickled onion from the chippy....followed by a packet of five weights cigarettes ( they were the cheapest) and a half penny book of matches shared with my mates behind the bike shed.....

Posted By: mouse

  • spurs wrote:
    I remember the pink custard, I cant remember it being that bad, the only thing I hated was the greens, I remember putting it in my handkerchief many times when the dinner lady's weren't looking, even today the smell makes me want to puke, senior school changed everything, bag of chips with a pickled onion from the chippy....followed by a packet of five weights cigarettes ( they were the cheapest) and a half penny book of matches shared with my mates behind the bike shed.....

It would do after all these years, you are not supposed to keep greens in pockets for so long. :wink: :lol:

Posted By: Steve - SJD

  • mouse wrote:
    • spurs wrote:
      I remember the pink custard, I cant remember it being that bad, the only thing I hated was the greens, I remember putting it in my handkerchief many times when the dinner lady's weren't looking, even today the smell makes me want to puke, senior school changed everything, bag of chips with a pickled onion from the chippy....followed by a packet of five weights cigarettes ( they were the cheapest) and a half penny book of matches shared with my mates behind the bike shed.....

    It would do after all these years, you are not supposed to keep greens in pockets for so long. :wink: :lol:

:D Never mess with the dinner ladies!!
Cheers
Steve

Posted By: SensibleBob

Its items like this make me so thankful for my wonderful school dinners and can even remember that Mrs Jarrett the dinner lady who let us have extras! Unfortunately school holidays meant days with my grandparents and being farmers all they ate was suet pudding everyday and a nice piece of burned toast for tea. Oh nearly forgot that "frogspawn" stuff think they called it porridge ,but great cloudbait for roach fishing.

Posted By: ajax

Unlike most of you, I loved the milk puddings and my school even served the old custard cold the next day which was my favourite - the lumpier the better. And as for the skins - well my husband and I would still fight over the rice pudding skin now, especially with lots of nutmeg! The only thing about school dinners I hated was spam fritters - soooooo greasy!



Posted By: badger

I have very fond memories of school dinners, partly because they were usually good but also because my mam used to work in the school canteen. They weren't meant to, but rather than throw unused food into the pig bin the ladies shared it out so we had school dinners at home as well. My best mates dad kept pigs so we would go back to school at night to get the bins of pig swill. He had one those old cars with the fold down boot door so the bins sat on the boot door and so did we to hold them on, happy days you wouldn't get away with it now :lol: :lol: .

Posted By: Lindy

I didn't mind school dinners (we call it lunch now - how posh, lol).
Can remember 'pink custard' too - it was blancmange. School custard varied, depending which of the dinner ladies made it. Sometimes too thin and watery - yuck - and sometimes very, very, thick and lumpy = even yuckier.
Must admit I enjoyed prunes and custard - we girlies used to line the prune stones up on the side of the plate, and say the rhyme 'tinker, tailor, soldier, sailor, rich man, poor man, beggar man, thief', to determine who we'd marry. Anyone else do this?
And, while we're on the subject... cornflake/treacle tart, mmmm. Apple crumble, ditto. But semolina with rose hip syrup. Blurrrrgh!!!
Happy days!


Posted By: badger

We used to get ripped to shreds collecting the rosehips off the wild rose bushes. We took them to school, got sixpence a pound and off they went to make the syrup for our pudding :lol: .

Posted By: Steve - SJD

  • Lindy wrote:
    And, while we're on the subject... cornflake/treacle tart, mmmm.

Wow - I had forgotten about them - used to love it when we had them :lol:
For me Junior school meals were poor, got better in middle school but that
was a new kitchen in a new building, then high school - forget about it...
Growing up we ate a lot of Italian food at home - which I loved and was
always happy to get home for tea :) My mum often used to cook two meals
one for us and her and one for my dad who wasn't as keen on the Italian
food.
Amazing how the memories flood back - good times!
Cheers
Steve

Posted By: mouse

We couldn't afford school dinners, I used to go round the tables and ask for the pips from the prunes. I actually looked forward to the pink custard and frog spawn, because when the other kids were sick I used to go round with a bucket and take it home for the rest of the family. Only nourishment we got. :cry:

Posted By: spanner

  • mouse wrote:
    We couldn't afford school dinners, I used to go round the tables and ask for the pips from the prunes. I actually looked forward to the pink custard and frog spawn, because when the other kids were sick I used to go round with a bucket and take it home for the rest of the family. Only nourishment we got. :cry:

You were lucky! We didn't have a home!

Posted By: fettler

This could climax in a pudding race - somebody sago. Alex



Posted By: Tangutica

  • ROB wrote:
    Have to agree with Steve, Bird's made PINK custard powder.

You think School Dinner halls bought BIRDS CUSTARD powder!

Posted By: Tangutica

Have to stop reading this. I just had a flashback to fatty greasy jam roly poly! (it was the mention of custard that did it) EeeeYuk

Posted By: mouse

  • Tangutica wrote:
    • ROB wrote:
      Have to agree with Steve, Bird's made PINK custard powder.

    You think School Dinner halls bought BIRDS CUSTARD powder!

No! No! It was made from BIRDS DROPPINGS.

Posted By: Kwacka

Chocolate concrete anyone?

Posted By: spurs

Just thought of another nasty they used to bring out in the summer...Luncheon meat, mash potatoes, and a bit of lettuce and a slice of tomato that passed for salad.... Yuk.

Posted By: SensibleBob

aah remember that one but you did get proper salad cream (Don't even ask about ingredients) not that stuff they served on Fawlty Towers out of a jar.

Posted By: spurs

  • SensibleBob wrote:
    aah remember that one but you did get proper salad cream (Don't even ask about ingredients) not that stuff they served on Fawlty Towers out of a jar.
Salad cream..your avin a larf, not in North London...but to be fair in the seniors we were given sausage chips and beans once a week, the only problem was trying to eat the chips with out your mates trying to nick them...followed by ice cream, you remember it was a little tube which was wrapped in paper apart from that everything else was terrible.






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