I began to wonder what I'd cook for Marco and I couldn't come up with one dish that sums up my childhood so I came up with a list of 10.
Any of these would catapult me back to my formative years.
However, I haven't added a certain 'incident' where an sadistic dinner lady made me eat my sandwiches after a flask of Ribena had leaked all over them.
I'm sure Marco would be horrified and the person in question (you know who you are) would be prosecuted for child cruelty.
Here is my list of childhood flavours, I wonder what it'd say about my palette:
- My grandma's strawberry jam. No other jam can compare, but for a memory jogger eating Bonne Maman jam straight from the jar isn't a bad substitute.
- Minced beef curry, made with Savacentre's curry powder. Mum used to make it with brown rice mixed with peas. The smell of any curry powder takes me back there.
- Ribena blackcurrant squash. Strong and preferably without the soggy sandwiches on the side.
- Cadbury Buttons. My letters to granddad stating 'Emily NEEDS chocolate' always resulted in a brown envelope of treats. Once a diva, always a diva.
- Similarly Cadbury Wispa Gold bars used to be a favourite treat for my dad and I and we used to savour them together. Can we start a campaign to bring those back too??
- Mum's Victoria sponge cakes, especially the one she iced to look like a fairy princess castle for my fifth birthday.
- Boursin garlic and herb cheese sandwiches. Even at the age of nine I ate chicer sarnies than the other kids.
- Mum's roast dinners. Probably a entrant on the list of most Brits. Great roast spuds. Mint sauce too, whatever the meat.
- Strawberry cheesecake, from the supermarket. We often ate it half frozen because it took too long to thaw out properly. A great pudding after Sunday lunch. Similarly shop-bought Victoria sponges with frozen dairy cream inside.
- Heinz beans and burger bites. They don't make them anymore. A travesty.
Why not write about your childhood food memories on your blog and link me in?