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School dinner memoirs

Postby Alchemist » Thu Mar 31, 2005 9:06 am

Suppose there was no place for Jamie Oliver when
I was at primary school. There was never chips,
potatoes with everything, unless when the legendary
"curry" was dished up. Got soup about once a
month and was always this grey lentil stuff.

On a brighter note, does anyone else remember
coloured custard, seamed obligitary with everything,
including prunes :?
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Postby Sharon » Thu Mar 31, 2005 9:19 am

frogs eggs... butter beans... ravioli.... ugh....

I don't recall ever getting curry, and chips were a luxury that only appeared in the later years of high school.
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Postby Alchemist » Thu Mar 31, 2005 9:25 am

Only stayed for school dinners from P3 to P5, and
that was 1978-1981. We had this lady that used
to enforced "The Law" that everyone would be
made to eat. A giant of a woman with a giant
silver catering spoon that skelpt it off the table
if anyone was leaving stuff.

Still got nightmares 8O
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Postby Sharon » Thu Mar 31, 2005 9:31 am

Not clearing your plate was NOT an option!

You were not allowed to leave the table till it was all eaten - oh the memories of cold soggy over boiled veg still makes me queasy...

We too had a formidable female casting her evil and all seeing eye over us as we ate. I guess they took food pretty seriously in the 70's!
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Postby My Kitten » Thu Mar 31, 2005 9:53 am

ooo school dinners

being a poor soul I had the wonderous experience of free school dinners throughout my school life.

I remember prunes, chocolate fudge cake, brisket and the like and the smell of chips with salad!!! Primary school dinners were awful but once we moved onto high school it was cans of lilt and pizza and chips ahoy!
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Postby Alchemist » Thu Mar 31, 2005 9:57 am

Not to forget the "Fly cemetery", with pink custard 8O
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Postby Sharon » Thu Mar 31, 2005 10:08 am

Alchemist wrote:Not to forget the "Fly cemetery", with pink custard 8O


Its a wonder we ate anything really!!!
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Postby Alchemist » Thu Mar 31, 2005 10:14 am

The custard was the only way we could keep track
of which day of the week it was - Thursdays was always
pink :P

We didn't even get a drink, even prisoners in the
70's were better treated and were not forced to
eat "The evil servings of liver" :x
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Postby JayKay » Thu Mar 31, 2005 12:20 pm

Again a formidable woman overseeing the dinner hall was my primary school memory.

It was ok though to leave stuff on your plate, but she enforced the rule that you had to ut up anything you left.

Combining this rather odd rule with her even odder Canadian accent (not many north american tourists in bishopbriggs in those days) left the phrase "Cut up your meat, honey" the longest lasting memory of primary school dinners.
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Postby scotia47 » Thu Mar 31, 2005 12:41 pm

This makes me glad I lived close enough to both primary and secondary school to go home for lunch.
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Postby paladin » Thu Mar 31, 2005 1:08 pm

School dinners were never a choice.......except to take them or leave them,in the 60's & early 70's. Semolina pudding, prunes and brussell sprouts all tasted the same for some strange reason. Eating as much 'stodge' then farting throughout classes in the afternoon was a way of exacting some retribution on the teachers who made you clean your plate up.
Them little bottles of milk at primary school were the best bit of nutrition.
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Postby Alchemist » Thu Mar 31, 2005 1:25 pm

I remember the primary having free milk in those
mad triangular cartons, folks used to leave them
sitting on top of the radiators till they went lumpy :?
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Postby scotia47 » Thu Mar 31, 2005 1:46 pm

I remember the milk too... though by the time I came along it was in the normal rectangular cartons, plus we had to pay for it. :| A weekly fee (can't remember how much) was handed over at the gym/assembly room/dinner hall, then a dinner lady appeared at the classroom every morning and handed out cartons to those who had paid.

One day, for a reason I can no longer recall, I had to go down to the dinner hall to pick up my carton. When I received it, it had a distinct aroma of cheese. 8O
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Postby Apollo » Thu Mar 31, 2005 3:15 pm

I don't know if the school dinners were as bad as made out. At least 20 years or more ago, they were made with real food.

I've always been amazed at the rubbish they're allowed to serve up since they decided to offer "choice", fizzy drinks, burgers and pre-processed, expensive muck.

I don't have much time for the likes of celeb chefs such as Jamie Oliver, but he does deserve praise for his current project.

I was appalled to hear an interview in one of the programmes, where he spoke to a woman who organised Constipation Clinics for schoolchildren. This was vaguely amusing until she revealed that some schoolchildren were going for up to 6 weeks without passing anything solid.

Doesn't say much for the parents either.
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Postby Fat Cat » Thu Mar 31, 2005 3:46 pm

I remember we had to traipse along the street to an old church to have dinners. Served on green plastic plates, they all tasted the same. I remember once putting a link sausage in my pocket and my mum finding it 3 days later.

Can't look at a link to this day.

Our neighbour was a dinner lady who used to report back to my mum what I ate. I really hated that woman!
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