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What`s your memories of school dinners?

Discussion in 'La Cuisine' started by anything-but, Jan 16, 2012.

  1. Syph


    Joined: Jan 22, 2004

    Posts: 5,524

    Location: Nottingham

    I always had packed lunch at primary school, so my only memories there are Club biscuits, Take-a-Break bars etc and those funky coloured metal water jugs.

    At secondary school, it was pretty much fries every day. You could have this with pizza or burger, of which you could have chicken, spicy chicken and pork but not beef (CJD!). 50p for fries, 50p for burger or pizza.

    Meal of the day was sometimes the most awesome gammon, chips, pineapple and parsley sauce. About the only day I had something different.

    By Year 9 we used to go out to the local cafe for jacket spuds or toasties or chippy on Friday. However, they stopped Year 9 going out, so we used to sneak out until we were caught. We argued our case with the head but we lost, and had to spend each lunch back to him every 10 mins to show we'd not disappeared!

    6th form was mostly sarnies again (health conscious ofc) or Friday chippy. Or Thursday pub - no wonder I blobbed A Level Biology!

    /edit: now I'm a teacher, though I rarely have lunches. It's on a 3 week rotation, chips and pizza/fish only on a Friday. Choice of jackets, salads, baguettes or Pasta King every day too. So much more variety!
  2. Jegethy


    Joined: Dec 15, 2009

    Posts: 1,493

    Location: Bristol

    I never had school dinners in secondary school, but in junior school, all I can remember is the revolting smell and the plastic meat, though I enjoyed it at the time.

    Oh, and the Rice Pudding was really good.
  3. robfosters


    Joined: Dec 1, 2010

    Posts: 28,941

    Location: Welling, London

    Chocolate sponge and custard all mixed into mush for me as well. We used to have it every friday. Highlight of the week. Use to enjoy mint custard as well. Can't find it anywhere now.
  4. EdwardTeach


    Joined: Mar 18, 2010

    Posts: 3,259

    Sounds like my primary school!

    There was a belief that the slop bucket you have described was served back to you in some form later!

    My parents never made me have school dinners, I could have pack lunch if I wanted, and perhaps as a result my memories are mostly positive. The puddings were great. I always loved the Christmas dinner.
  5. Oynas


    Joined: Aug 28, 2005

    Posts: 552

    Location: London

    I used to take packed lunches but I have two memories of school lunches:

    • Junior school - mashed potato that made me sick. Even the thought of it today makes me feel sick. It was obviously some instant crap.
    • Secondary school - lovely apple/rhubarb crumble and custard. They also did lovely chips and bread rolls.
  6. Van Hellseek


    Joined: Jun 2, 2004

    Posts: 18,403

    What was the burger made out of then? :o
  7. Jingo...


    Joined: Sep 12, 2007

    Posts: 2,669

    Some sort of crunchy, crumbly chocolate biscuit cake with pink custard on!
  8. Stretch


    Joined: Feb 14, 2004

    Posts: 11,280

    Location: Cambridge

    Didn't do school diners at secondary school but did at primary. They were pretty good. Not a turkey twizzler in sight. They used to have this annoying numbering system though. Tables were number 1-9 and this dictated the order in which you could collect your meal. Numbers were rotated daily, great when you're number 1 but say good bye to your lunch hour if you were number 9.

    I do remember every now and again they'd have a "milk shake" as desert. What a rip off :(
  9. Threepwood


    Joined: Sep 29, 2011

    Posts: 4,291

    Location: Monkey Island

    Loved school dinners, and had a great relationship with the dinnerladies, they always saw me good with 2nd's, 3rd's even 4th's :p
  10. Belmit

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Nov 7, 2002

    Posts: 7,612

    Location: The Winchester

    The two things I remember above all else were being served something simply referred to as a 'savoury', which was a flat, rectangular piece of reconstituted meat coated in breadcrumbs and fried. No idea what the meat was, if it was. The other was being served mashed potato with an ice-cream scoop. Everything else is only a vague memory.
  11. zootfloot

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Nov 24, 2005

    Posts: 2,241

    Location: Skelton in Cleveland

    I LOVED my school dinners, fantastic value for money and the food was always very nice, some of the things that stick in my mind as being particularly good would be:

    Sausage pie

    Mince and dumplings

    Corned beef pie

    Mashed potato (piped out then baked)

    Homemade sausage rolls & Cheese pasties

    Apricot cobbler

    Pineapple upside down cake

    Cornflake tart

    Chocolate cake

    All of the flavoured custards.

    Happy happy memories :)
  12. Netvyper


    Joined: Oct 28, 2002

    Posts: 534

    Location: Taunton, Somerset

    Heh, School dinners were interesting... especially once we got to know the dinner lady in charge of puddings quite well... One particularly momentous day 3 of us each demolished more than 5 helpings of rice crispy syrup cake, with custard... having gone easy on the main meal. And we used to get table service if there were just a couple of portions left :D

    Now, I work in the same school and its a bit different... Roast of some sort 4 days a week, and the 5th is international, so Indian, Chinese, Mexican, Moroccan rotated throughout the term. All served with adequate veggies &/or good salad. Its pretty damn good quality considering they produce 3 meals a day for 1500+ people!
  13. Jonny69

    Man of Honour

    Joined: May 3, 2004

    Posts: 17,659

    Location: Kapitalist Republik of Surrey

    I seem to remember chips with everything, turkey drummers with chips and gravy, roast dinners and those trays of sponge pudding and custard :)
  14. arc@css


    Joined: Nov 8, 2008

    Posts: 26,306

    Very nice, used to go up for seconds and thirds. :D
  15. yer_averagejoe


    Joined: May 23, 2005

    Posts: 2,956

    Location: Dundee, Scotland

    Semolina pudding. Amazing stuff! don't know why I've never had it since primary school. Damn I want it now.
  16. PapaLazaru


    Joined: Dec 23, 2009

    Posts: 17,255

    In my early days of school, the memories are bad. Early eighties tapioca pudding and being forced to eat peas. It has taken me nearly thirty years to start eating them again. Will never touch tapioca for as long as I live.

    Later in my schooling I can fondly remember iced buns with cream, cheese rolls with cheap margarine which tasted AMAZING, and chips and beans. Got to love chips and beans, sometimes with cheese on the top.
  17. Syph


    Joined: Jan 22, 2004

    Posts: 5,524

    Location: Nottingham


    Any meat except beef pretty much!
  18. DirtyJester


    Joined: Oct 17, 2006

    Posts: 25,680

    All of the flavoured 'lumpy' custards...
  19. Van Hellseek


    Joined: Jun 2, 2004

    Posts: 18,403

    Oops, curse my lack of scan-reading skills ><
  20. Jonesiani

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jun 17, 2005

    Posts: 1,420

    Location: Nottingham

    I used to love school dinners!

    I was lucky enough to go to a school where we had a good selection.

    Choc brick with pink custard was epic! :D