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    Default School Dinners. Did you love them or hate them?

    I was at school in the 60s and I must admit the school dinners where pretty grosse. There where some exceptions though. I used to love the cheese flan/tart, which was quite tasty and the manchester tart for pudding. The Pink Blancmange was ok. What I hated was the mash potato, which was usually lumpy and had black bits in . Cabbage which was usually drenched in cold dishwater type gravy. Fish in batter, that was usually soggy. In School we rarely had chips back then, and if we did, it was like a treat. There where no soft drinks, only water. There was none of the `healthy eating ` options like today. Or Burgers or the likes on the menu. Sometimes you would get something you did like, only to find the boy sat opposite would douse it in salt.


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    We even used to get school dinners in the holidays. We all used to go, it was the only hot meal we had. I loved them.

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    I remember we used to have a dinner ticket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lindac8941 View Post
    I remember we used to have a dinner ticket.
    Is that like a dinner jacket only smaller...

    One posh school you went to...

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    I loved school dinner in the infants. Especially the puddings. However, this is where I found out that I can not stomach Walnuts.
    I remember it like it was yesterday.....I got semolina pudding with a walnut on. I'd never seen a walnut before nevermind tasted one. Anyway I ate all the semolina and then thinking I have saved the best till last I started eating this small nobbly nut. As soon as I swallowed it the rest of my pudding came back up followed by my dinner. I filled my pudding bowl back up to the brim.
    So walnuts are a no go.
    Speaking of school dinners....I loved the rice pudding and I remember it being white not cream coloured. Mix the jam and it went pink. Why can't we get rice pud like that now?

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    I hated the Friday meatless stuff... even though the Catholics went to a different school.
    Fish pie and cheese pie were quite revolting - it took me years to get over the cheese pie memories and eat a pizza...

    I bicycled a 5 mile round trip home each lunch for mum's food....

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    Seems I was lucky. Always living locally and my ma only working as a part time cleaner in the evenings, I could go home for dinner. I wasn't entitled to a freebie either cos my da was working. Like work now, gotta get out for an hour, couldn't stick being around school even at dinner time too.
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    I liked some of the school dinners, except the cabbage Yuk! Our school has great school dinners - everything is fresh and it's nutritionally balanced. We are only allowed fried food once a week - on a Friday when the kids have fish and chips!

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    Hated them. Semolina - puke!

    I remember big industrial size trays of chocolate sponge that they used to bake and cut into rectangular slab portions and the white custard.....more puke!

    Then there was the warm school milk we had to have in the infants......Hughie! Sometimes we were lucky and had orange juice instead.

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    Yes the warm school milk, in the little bottles, then it changed to triangular cartons for a while, a bit like a jubblly carton. . Anyone remember milk machines???? They used to have them in stations, at the swimming baths, and even outside shops. At least that milk was cold.

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    Hated them , everything about them , i can even still smell the smell

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    Quote Originally Posted by Debra View Post
    Hated them , everything about them , i can even still smell the smell
    It was great for us, but we weren't loaded like you lot...

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    Quote Originally Posted by pablo42 View Post
    It was great for us, but we weren't loaded like you lot...
    Who said we were loaded ? I'm still traumatised after the dinner lady made me eat the cheese pie
    after that episode i never stayed again , i went home for dinner , in the seniors we just used to buy chips and sit in the park with them ..

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    Different strokes,I suppose......loved the cheese pie,and it was great when you got "seconds",and occasionally more,starving gits that some of us were!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wsteve55 View Post
    Different strokes,I suppose......loved the cheese pie,and it was great when you got "seconds",and occasionally more,starving gits that some of us were!!
    I just about tolerated the custard , i think it was the smell that made me sick though ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Debra View Post
    I just about tolerated the custard , i think it was the smell that made me sick though ...
    Didn't they used to slice it?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wsteve55 View Post
    Didn't they used to slice it?!
    Haha , yes i think they did

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    And then make out it was blancmange! The place we went to,was called the "huts" for some reason!(possibly because that's what they were )

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    Yes ours were called that too , we had to walk halfway down St Domingo road to get to them , and they had a sort or corrigated roof on them . They were always cold and had a damp smell mixed with cabbage , the dinner ladies all looked like Nora Batty . No wonder i was always whinging when i was a kid , they used to make be partners with a girl who always had a runny nose .

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    When I was at Abbotsford Road school the dinners were absolute crap.
    A lot of us would nip down to Broadway shops where we'd buy a tank loaf between two of us.The loaf would be cut in half by some kind lady at Sayers.Then we would rip the middle out of it and stuff it with chips.
    Yummy but it used to get stuck halfway down and it didn't half hurt.

    I bet a few of you did the same kind of thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sydernee View Post
    When I was at Abbotsford Road school the dinners were absolute crap.
    A lot of us would nip down to Broadway shops where we'd buy a tank loaf between two of us.The loaf would be cut in half by some kind lady at Sayers.Then we would rip the middle out of it and stuff it with chips.
    Yummy but it used to get stuck halfway down and it didn't half hurt.

    I bet a few of you did the same kind of thing.

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    Yes i remember them from when i was at Queen of all saints , it was the lads who got them , the girls just got chips , some of the lads used to get curry in theres too

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    Yeah! schoolie dinners made yer wanna

    Like many of us ,it was dockers sarnie ie chips and sausage and a large uncut loaf straight from the bakers shop...rip the white bread outta the crusty loaf and fill it with yer fav chips and sausage...big loaf small gob.

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    Curry came along quite some time after my school days.At the Broadway chippy it would have been sacrilage to put slop on perfectly good chips

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    Quote Originally Posted by Debra View Post
    Yes ours were called that too , we had to walk halfway down St Domingo road to get to them , and they had a sort or corrigated roof on them . They were always cold and had a damp smell mixed with cabbage , the dinner ladies all looked like Nora Batty . No wonder i was always whinging when i was a kid , they used to make be partners with a girl who always had a runny nose .
    Ha,Ha, I wonder why?! Did you have anything in common

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    I think school dinner ladies graduated....the hopital food is no different...bluh!

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    I remember one disgusting trick,when I was at St.Theresa's. Some halfwits used to spit, or blow their noses, on the spoons,wipe it off,then wait for someone to join the table,and use it! They were oblivious to the cause of the "special" flavour!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lindac8941 View Post
    I was at school in the 60s...
    I was in the juniors (St Christopher's, Speke) until 1962 and quite enjoyed some of the meals. I was one of few who enjoyed the cheese and onion pie and the occasional cheese & onion pasty from Greggs takes me right back.
    From 1962 I was at Blessed John Almond's in Garston and there were enough opportunities nearby to avoid school dinners - there was a cafe by the gasworks that did home-made pie, chips and gravy for 11d (old pence for you young 'uns) when I had a shilling to buy a school dinner.

    In later years we'd go to the shops by the Cenotaph, just past Garston station. We'd buy a crusty loaf between two, from the bakery, rip it in half and take most of the bread out of the middle, then stuff it with chips from the chippy next door.

    When I ended up at All Hallows in Speke in 1966, I started having school dinners again as there were few food alternatives nearby. Found them quite good.

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    [QUOTE=Sydernee;235510]When I was at Abbotsford Road school the dinners were absolute crap.
    A lot of us would nip down to Broadway shops where we'd buy a tank loaf between two of us.The loaf would be cut in half by some kind lady at Sayers.Then we would rip the middle out of it and stuff it with chips.
    Yummy but it used to get stuck halfway down and it didn't half hurt.

    I bet a few of you did the same kind of thing.

    Pud[/QUOTE



    Ha ha, Yes, used to sneak out of school some lunchtimes, whilst at Abbotsford. and go to Sayers also. But in the juniors, we had to go to the hut. Was terrified of one particular dinner lady. She looked a bit like Miss Trunchbull out of Matilda, worts and all. ha ha.

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    In St Silas I went for school dinners for one week !!, we were marched down Windsor Street to a hall and the food was awful !, I complained so much Mum asked a neighbour if I could go there for lunch thankfully she agreed !!..

    In Senior school the only meals I liked was the Christmas dinner !, and the lovely cheese flan...one girl found a beetle in her cabbage once it nearly made me ill !, after that I took "butties" to aet in the classroom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wsteve55 View Post
    Ha,Ha, I wonder why?! Did you have anything in common
    Nothing in common at all Steve I still hate her now .

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