Giveaway (CLOSED): Denhay Bacon & Cheese and Nigel Slater’s Kitchen Diaries II

Denhay Bacon and Nigel Slater Prize

I am loving Nigel Slater’s latest series Dish of the Day.  What I especially enjoy is that most of his recipes are very simple ideas,  which require little prep, hands on time or faffing around and the resultant food is delicious and for me slightly nostalgic.   Just my sort of cooking, and, also the sort of food that anyone should be able to achieve.

The folks at Denhay Farms (who make very good bacon and cheese), have conducted some research into food memories and have found that the top three are the Christmas turkey, fish and chips and school dinners.   I have very vivid memories of my grandfather carving enormous Christmas turkey several years, for around 25 people, then dividing up the Christmas pudding, ensuring that my cousins and I all got a coin or two!

Primary school lunches – gypsy tart (a very Kentish pudding) served with a quarter of an apple to help get some of the sugar out of our teeth, and salad containing the devil’s food of raw celery which I tried to disguise in the equally revolting instant mash.

I also remember once being told off for talking – somethings never change – and having to stand and wait until everyone else had finished.  Ever one not to avoid confrontation I think that I told the teacher that my parents had in fact paid for me to have a hot meal, not one which had got cold.

Denhay would love to hear about your food memories, and one of them could win a £5000 holiday! Click here by the 30th November for a change to enter. This is a judged competition, rather than voting, so I am happy to support it!

For one Fuss Free Flavours reader I have bacon and cheese pack from Denhay, as well as a copy of Nigel Slater’s new cookbook, The Kitchen Diaries II, packed with recipes and reminiscences, to be won.  For a change to win simply follow the instructions below.

 

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Comments

  1. laura banks says

    my dad making me sit at the table until i ate my broccoli was there for hours and strangely i love it now i’m older

  2. Clayton says

    A food memory of mine is my nan cooking me sausages when I was younger and when checking if they were cooked caught her hair on fire on the grill!

    Not sure if this is what you were looking for but it is memorable to me!

  3. rachael woodhouse says

    The first and only time my husband cooked for me, it was a curry from a jar & naan bread, was so nice but would of been even better had he heated the naan bread up!

  4. Clare Scammell says

    Food memory: My sister and I are both quarter hungarian, and one night we decided to replicate our Nannas famous “nokedli”. Its basically hungarian dumplings, that are serve with a paprika chicken stew. Anywho, we got to work. In order to make the dumplings you have to sieve the dough through holes into a pot of boiling water so they form nicely. However without the right utensils it is a nightmare.. as we soon found out! I pulled a muscle trying to push the dough though a colander, my sister slipped and splatted it up the wall and it took us well over 2 hours to make our dumplings. It was good though! But now we really appreciate the effort our nanna put in cooking Nokedli for over 10 of us when we were younger!

  5. Heidi Roberts says

    My mom’s spaghetti and meatballs was always my favourite dish – I cannot make it as good as her even though she tried to teach me several times.

    I would love to win Nigel Slater’s new book.

  6. says

    I remember making purple cakes with my sister, we’d put such a slosh of red and blue food colouring in, it’s amazing anyone was willing to eat our creations!

  7. Tracy Nixon says

    When we were little my dad gave us food poisoning while mum was in hospital having our younger brother. He kept reheating the homemade Sheperds pie mum had made before she went into hospital – each time we turned our noses, he said we would be served it again at our next meal! So it gave us food poisoning and were ill for days!

  8. Jane Willis says

    Going to the funfair with my Grandad – I must have been tiny as he died before I turned 4 – and buying a bowl of steaming hot black peas to share as we walked around. I may be showing my age now, it must be 50 years since they stopped selling black peas at funfairs!

  9. Maria M says

    I was a toddler standing on a stool in my nan’s kitchen pulling the feathers out of a dead chicken for dinner.
    Those were the days!

  10. Hazel Rea says

    My aunt used to make a marble cake with pink, white and chocolate swirls in it – she baked it in a range fired with peat – and no marble cake I’ve subsequently eaten even tastes as good as that one.

  11. Sandra Clarke says

    Eating a spaghetti dish by the Rialto Bridge in Venice. I can still imagine myself there now and have never tasted spaghetti like that since.

  12. Herb says

    I quite often had the smell of delicious cooking sitting up stairs as a teenager then eagerly hurrying to the kitchen to find an unpleasant looking and tasting dish.

  13. says

    My nan had the strange habit of putting boiled egg yolks into her chicken broth. I usually avoided them as I didn’t particularly like eggs, but one day one of them ended up on my plate covered in herbs. I was only 7 or 8 and didn’t recognise the egg at first, so I asked my dad what it was. The joker he is, he told me it was the eye of a chicken – it really looked like it and I totally believed him. I found the idea of having the egg of a chicken on my plate though that I haven’t touched boiled or fried eggs since…

  14. Kerry Clark says

    I have quite bad food memories, like burgers from a can and meatballs in gravy, Yuck! Basically, if it came in a can, we would have it for dinner!

  15. Pauline Rendell says

    I remember always having Spam on Tuesdays and hating Jam but shocking my parents once by asking for it on toast! I still hated it and they were angry, they should have been pleased I wanted to give it another go!

  16. Karen Whittaker says

    Always love Nigel Slater – simple and tasty and very quick to cook from things you usually have in the fridge

  17. Catherine Sinead Mary Reynolds says

    Food memory?
    The first time I cooked with my now Partner, he taught me how to make toad in the hole. It has now become “our” favourite dinner and makes me smile each time I cook it.

  18. Cheryl Edwards says

    When i was a child i lived in a small shop in Cornwall and we had an old fashioned wire to cut the cheese and an old slicing machine to cut the bacon.

  19. Emma S says

    When I was snowboarding in Italy stopping in the mountain cafe for Calzone and apple strudel and a cup of tea – so tasty

  20. Alison says

    I remember when I was a child I went to scotland with my parents when I was about 4 or 5. It was dinner time and I ordered sausages and chips and cried when they bought out square sausages because I had never seen them before and was used to the round ones. I still get teased about it now at all our family gatherings

  21. Steven Appleton says

    “Grandad” chips! these were the only chips I would eat as a child, they were extra long & my mum just could never make them the same as Grandad did – I loved them & now my kids call big chips “Grandad” chips

  22. Karen Lloyd says

    As a child we always had fish and chips from the takeaway on a Friday, which was fantastic. The only downside was I was always made to drink a cup of tea afterward to ‘wash the fat away’. I hated tea!

  23. Angela Webster says

    My grandad was the cook at my grandparents house when I was a little girl, he made the most amazing mashed potatoes, they smelt and tasted delicious and no mash has ever come close to it, I would have loved to have known what his secret was.

  24. Teresa Lee says

    Having beef curry for lunch at school, then being made to do a cross country run in the afternoon. Not a good combination, I ended up projectile vomiting everywhere as I was running.
    It put me off curry for several years, but thankfully I love it again now.

  25. Sarah Morris says

    I remember getting cheese & onion fritters and chips from a chip shop in the local area as a kid, and our dad driving us to a pub overlooking the harbour, and we would sit and eat our food in the car while watching the boats sailing around, it was our treat.

  26. Valerie Dallimore says

    I found a live caterpillar in the lettuce on my plate one day in a school dinner when I was about 11 years old. I did not eat lettice again for many years.

  27. paul jackson says

    I was 14 when I went to France for the first time and asked for a cheese roll expecting cheddar in a round roll. I got camembert in half a French stick. It was heaven.

  28. Emma Jackson says

    I remember once when I was 10 being called down after bedtime because my mum had decided to make some chips in the fryer for a supper snack. She made the best chips and we were really excited to be up late with our parents :)

  29. Caroline H says

    When I was a student, we got a new housemate who was an Indian exchange student. He had never been to the UK before and we spent many a happy day trying to track down the ingredients he needed to cook the food he ate at home, trying to adapt our western kitchen to cook things in the same way and trying the results. We made some great food and I realised that Indian cuisine bore little resemblance to the dishes available in the Indian restaurants of the day.

  30. Emma J Lowe says

    would have been about 8/9 and i made toffee with my great nan. remember beingin her kitchen and me and her stretching the toffee out. my great nan was a great cook, never used scales, just all by judgement, her cakes tasted good too.

  31. Sylvia Leaver says

    My Mum’s scrummy chocolate pudding with chocolate sauce. I’ve tried to make it and it has never been as good. She never followed a recipe but just threw everything in and it always turned out fabulously.

  32. melanie stirling says

    Whenever I stayed at my nan and grandads house we had meat,potatoes and veg with homemade gravy every lunchtime and the gravy was the best I have ever tasted :)

  33. Katie says

    I remember I was obsessed with apple juice as a kid. Just the cheap stuff in cartons, but I couldn’t get enough of it!

  34. Andrew Halliwell says

    My mum used to make beef wellington, rag wrapped and boiled for most of the afternoon… Used to be my favourite meal with lashings of tomato ketchup and chips.

  35. Lisa Williams says

    Having my first taste of crab aged 8 crab and cheese sauce topped pancakes smothered with more crab and more sauce it was amazing !

  36. Gill B says

    When I was little, many moons ago, when we were ill we were given bread in hot milk with sugar on top. I can’t stand the smell of hot milk some 50 years later!

  37. Mark Whittaker says

    Growing up we were pretty skint. There were days when mum would give us what she called “Slop” which was just warm milk, stale bread and sugar. Not something I want to revisit. However another economy dish I still love, “Bacon Clanger” – a steamed suet pudding made with bacon off cuts sage and onion. Every now and then I get mum to make it and for me its a real comfort food. Before anyone thinks this is a story of the great depression, this was in the 70s ! lol

  38. lesley hamilton says

    My Grandma making soup ang baking on a saturday, the smells in her kitchen were to die for. Eccles cakes fresh out of the oven, cut open and lashings of butter on them, they were divine

  39. Susan Crosswaite says

    On my first day at school I refused to eat my school lunch. When the dinner ladies asked me why I wasn’t eating it I replied “because I’m not allowed to eat leaves”. Living in the country my Mum had always drilled it into me not to eat leaves because they could be poisonous – I took her at her word that day when they served me salad at school!

  40. Joanne Mapp says

    My Nan used to make the most wonderful cakes. For my 7th Birthday, she made me a crinoline lady. It was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen!

  41. Karen Barrett says

    Going to the corner shop on a Tuesday with my Grandma to pick up our Bacon Ribs. They were always wrapped in muslin an we seemed to be the shop forever as my Grandma liked a natter! We then walked up the lane to our house and Grandma would prepare the potatoes and vegetables and make a gorgeous Bacon Hotpot for my parents when they came in from work… Happy days x

  42. Jane McColl says

    My favourite food memory is eating Japanese street food in Tokyo at Meiji Jingu, We had Takoyaki which is octopus pieces cooked in balls of seasoned batter with mayonnaise and bonito flakes. They were so delicious I wish I could buy them here. I’m thinking of buying a Takoyaki maker from Ebay so I can make my own.

  43. Jayne Sullivan says

    Eating homemade pumpkin porridge in the Ukraine when I was working there. I still have a gash on my finger from cutting the pumpkin !

  44. Zoe Howarth says

    In the 80’s blackcurrant cheesecake seemed to be the rage. I thought it was just our house were we seemed to have this delight but my husband says that it was the same for him when he was growing up!

  45. liz denial says

    My first ever food memory was after I had my tonsils out at the age of 2. Before that I had no sense of smell & could not eat solids. After my operation my Mum was cooking fish & I said to her ‘Mummy I can mell, I an mell!’

  46. Alan S says

    Eating a whole octopus in Portugal as a kid. I put my fork in one of its eyes and ink squirted out all over my step fathers plate/food.

  47. Amanda Hurst says

    I remember being a small child and visiting my Grandparents with my older Brother and them taking us down to the beach to pick mussels. Then we would take them home, to cook and eat them….I still love mussels 45 years later, and always think of my Grandparents when I eat them. : )

  48. cecelia Allen says

    Mum cooking steamed suet pudding cooking in a muslim bag served with what we then called treacle but is now golden syrup and custard.

  49. Natasha says

    I remember the one and only time I tasted a lychee it tasted horrible and reminded me of an eyeball! I was only small at the time but I’d never try another!!

  50. says

    Helping my Mum to make mince pies and being allowed to eat little scraps of leftover pastry. The raw pastry never tasted very nice but it always felt like a special ‘grown up’ treat for being allowed to help with the baking.

  51. says

    My Auntie Edith’s for tea. Dining table covered in chenille cloth covered with Nottingham lace overcloth. Best china and Aunties sandwiches, made from hand sliced bread thin as tissue…with lovely ham and mustard.

  52. Jay Scales says

    Brawn! My grandma used to make her own and bring it round in a big glass bowl. I never knew what it was as a child, and only found out years later.

  53. Ali Thorpe says

    When I was a child, I used to catch those feathery seeds from inside thistles which would float around on the evening breeze. We called them fairies and would make a wish when we caught them. I always wished for ice cream.

  54. Claire Butler says

    my Nanny’s dinners were just amzing she was just the best simple cook ever no-ones food comes remotely close. I wish she hadnt passed away before id had a chance to learn from her properly. I grew up helping but i still dont know her secrets

  55. Claire says

    One of my food memories was my parents hiding car-sickness pills inside marshmallows, as I had refused to eat the pills. I avoided marshmallows for years after that.

  56. Maya Russell says

    I remember being made to eat Semolina pudding which I absolutely hated. I can see the bowl in front of me. I was only 5 or 6 years old and must have sat there for hours.

  57. Cheryll H says

    I remember pinching a box of sugar puffs from the kitchen cupboard and hiding under the dining room table to eat them with my twin sister! My Dad caught us half way through and was sooo mad but they were sooooo good :)

  58. Janice Beal says

    I remember baking Empire Biscuits(does anyone remember them?) with my mum on a Sunday afternoon. I was very proud to be allowed to ice them and always coloured the icing a bright shade of pink!!

    Licking out the bowl was also a perk!

  59. Katie T says

    I always remember going to my Grandma & Grandad’s house for a Sunday roast, I was only 8 at the most and obviously far too young to understand what parts of the roast meat I should eat and what I shouldn’t! I’d always be stuck with a piece of gristle chewing for hours! Put me off roasts for about 15 years!

  60. DANIELLE VEDMORE says

    I loved oxtail soup as a child – ate it all the time – as a result I now despise it and the thought of it makes me feel sick! xoxo

  61. Victoria Leedham says

    i remember being very small sat on the door step shelling peas so excitedly but was mortified at the prospect of actually eating them

  62. Debbie Stanley says

    My sister and I used to go to my Nans after church on Sundays and she would cook us saute potatoes in butter with lovely runny scrambled egg.

  63. Carolin says

    Each Christmas Eve my nan did a home made wild mushroom soup for lunch, each year I try to make it the exact same way, but it never tastes as perfect.

  64. Rach James says

    I used to get really excited about having the smallest new potatoes. One day I decided I couldn’t bear to eat them straight away. Mum’s rule was that we had to clear our plates before we could leave the table so I wrapped the tiny ‘tatters up in a tissue to eat later….NOT recommended, potatoes with stuck on bits of tissue paper are not nice!

  65. sue barton says

    My mum used to boil up a pan of bacon bones and we would have them for Sunday Tea around the fire.
    Nowadays they would be called bacon ribs

  66. Angela M - Garden Tea Cakes and Me says

    When I was a little girl I remember visiting my grandparents and helping my grandfather make sausage rolls and best of all eating them :)

  67. Maria Turner says

    Being at my grandparents house when nan was cooking a roast dinner. It just had that certain aroma to it that I never seem to recreate.
    I also remember always refusing the offer of skin from her rice pud, yet now that skin is mine.. all mine, I tell you :)

  68. Mia Fergusson says

    I was made to sit at the table until id finished my mash potato , i pulled a tantrum and flung it , my mum walked back in and said well done Mia ! until of course she spotted the mash potato dripping from the ceiling !

  69. Susan Peart says

    My Grandad making us egg & tomato sandwiches on a Sunday afternoon, tinned fruit and cream for afterwards, loved it!!

  70. KENNETH JACKSON says

    eating a cheese and onion sandwich on some scaffolding on a building site with my dad when i was about 14 years old

  71. Amanda Oakley says

    Eating at a pub called the Anvil when I was about 7 – the kids menu was half portions of anything off the adult menu, which I remember thinking was the best idea ever!

  72. says

    I remember as a kid my cat one Christmas enjoying my mum’s salmon and prawn starters in the kitchen, we had to hide this from my dad as he would not have eaten his if he’d known about that!

  73. Lora says

    My gran used to make lovely big pots of Scotch broth so whenever I smell it cooking now it instantly takes me back to visiting her house when I was young

  74. Julie Davies says

    My Mum, bless her, was never very good with “foreign” food. She went into our local bakery and asked them for a kwichy – what she wanted to buy was quiche!

  75. Cat Adams says

    As a child I detested meat … I would chew and chew and chew until it was a tasteless lump of dry yuckiness… thankfully I have grown out of this dislike and now love cooking and eating meat! ..Funny how early memories always stick tho!

  76. Claire Fraser says

    One particularly strong memory comes from when we lived with my grandfather in the 60’s. He used to insist on having a dried salted fish on Good Friday. The only problem was that it had to be soaked for days before and the smell!!!! For a child it seemed to linger for weeks.

  77. Rainie Bish says

    My nan making the christmas puddings. She had 4 married children who between them had 9 children and it was tradition that every year we all gather at her house to stir the pudding mixture and make a wish. That was always my favourite day of the year.

  78. says

    Licking the bowl when baking, doesn’t every kid do it? It drove my mother insane, she was such a stickler for getting every last scrap into the baking tin!

  79. Julie Jones says

    My nan used to mash the fat from the pork chops into my mashed potato to give it flavour, I used to hate it but had to eat it. I can’t stand fatty meat now.

  80. Melanie C says

    One Mother’s Day when I was about 13, I ate a potato that was too hot and blacked out! It only lasted about a minute but in my head I watched a whole episode of Eastenders, the one where the car lot burnt down, it had been on in the background whilst we ate dinner! Funny what you remember, bloomin potatoes! xx

  81. Joelle Gilbert says

    As a child i Pretended to like my Dad’s tv series soap just so I could stay up late and have a bacon buttie.

  82. Carole barnes says

    Strawberries. on cereal in sandwichs, in pies & tarts. on their on with ice cream/cream made into jam & frozen I used to help my dad pick em by the bucketful. We had a very large garden & a big bed of strawberries every June i was always sick to the sight of those flippin red berries.

  83. CHRISTINE ANDREWS says

    my food memory is…….we had a set weekly menu, we always knew what was for tea on each day of the week

  84. helen battle says

    My brother (when he was younger) licking the cake on the plate that he liked so no one else could have it!!!!

  85. Susan Naylor says

    I always enjoy watching Nigel Slater cook, so his new book would be a very welcome addition to my kitchen shelf. The cheese and bacon sound delicious as well.

  86. REBECCA TOWNSEND says

    Picking and podding Broad beans at the age of about 5, then enjoying them steaming hot with homegrown salad.

  87. Diane Carey says

    Cooking with my grandma when I was little. She would make a large Meat & Potato pie, pastry just on top. She would let me make roses out of pastry to put on the top. She would save some pastry and let me make a large jam tart or mincemeat tart. Also her sausage & chips were like no one elses. Her dubs were also gorgeous

  88. shirley lancaster says

    As a child Saturday tea time was cheese on toast followed by yummy M&S blackcurrant sundaes while sat on the living room floor watching Doctor Who. Simple but soooooo nice.

  89. elaine stokes says

    sitting around our kitchen table, which had been taken outside….. i was 3 (1976) and eating our tea because it was a hot summer…..

  90. Alison Turner says

    when we were kids we used to go out and collect wild raspberries,gooseberries,black and redcurrants,blackberries and cherries and then mum used to have a huge baking day making pies,tarts and jams they were so delicious. :)

  91. Ashley Alden says

    A fond food memory of me is whenever I used to visit my grandmother, she had a selection of cheeses and let me a try a little of each if I was peckish. I guess that’s where my love of cheese originated from.

  92. Sarah Davies says

    The dinner lady at school who knew I didn’t like custard, would just give me one drop, so I could spread it around the bowl and pretend I had eaten some.

  93. Lisa Day says

    I always remember when we were much younger.My brother shoot the tomato ketchup up and down as it wasn’t coming out and he didn’t put the lid back on it properly.Hence tomato ketchup across the ceiling and kitchen from where he fired it lol.

  94. Kirsty Woods says

    I remember when i was a kid,i was at my friends house and they were having spaghetti for dinner.My friends brother was eating and sneezed and a great big long bit of spaghetti came out of his nose YUCK!

  95. Emily Fowler says

    My mom cooking Christmas dinner every year for 10 people (I don’t know how she did it!), and my great uncle falling asleep at the table every time.

  96. kristy brown says

    Discovering Oxtail Soup was made from actual tail! I was only 9 and refused to eat it as it must have poo in it. My stepdad was a mean man and he served the same bowl every meal time for 3 days (I still didn’t eat it and haven’t touched it since)

  97. Beverley says

    Talking of cheese and bacon – one of my faves used to be bacon and cheese on toast. I remember grilling the cheese on toast and I hadn’t realised there was a plastic colander on top of the grill. Pushed my hand under to get the toast and it dripped all over my hand. I was in bandages for weeks!

  98. Martina says

    Baking biscuits for Christmas with my mum as a child and then decorating them. There was always more flour in my hair than on the table.

  99. rachael jones mann says

    eating chocolate spread sarnies in my friends garden for a picnic aged about 7 , because my mum never let me have chocolate sandwiches haha

  100. says

    I was a bit ‘awkward’ to feed when I was young. My gran was told I liked spam so gues what I got EVERY day for a 2 week stay in the summer holidays?! I haven’t eaten it since!

  101. Nancy Bradford says

    At a restaurant in San Antonio eating crawfish when my daughter bit into one and a bunch of horrible yellow stuff oozed out (yuck!).

  102. Joanne Nelson says

    mince and dumplings in primary school. Urgh. I can’t even think about those hideous dumplings without retching. I’m told that dumplings can be lovely – I don’t really believe it!

  103. Angela McDonald says

    I attempted to make homemade fudge for the frst time for my boyfriends birthday.. i didnt have any vanilla essence though so i put in a ‘couple of drops’ of strawberry essence.. it was SO strong and needless tosay the fudge didnt set either!

  104. Sarah Cooper says

    Being really surprised that I liked the combination of cheese and jam with crackers. I thought it sounded disgusting, but it was delicious.

  105. joy dehany says

    Trying to bake a cake with my sister and I have no idea what went wrong, but it spilled out over the tin and left a massive burned on circle on the bottom of the oven. Mum wasn’t happy.

  106. Louise says

    One of my best food memories was as a child receiving a huge (well it seemed huge to me at the time…lol) hand made Easter egg, decorated all over with sugar flowers and hand made chocolates inside nestled in tissue paper. I remember I didn’t want to break it open as it was so pretty but my brother put paid to that by breaking it because he couldn’t wait any longer to get a piece of the chocolate

  107. Tracy Gladman says

    My parents forcing me to eat Liver and Bacon when i was a child – I was disgusted but as an adult I now love it!

  108. wendy says

    remember my mum scraping the bowl hoping there would be some left foe me and my brother.now my grandchildren do it for me.

  109. Amanda Oakley says

    My Nanna used to make the most amazing crunch. After she passed away I used her recipe to recreate it for the favours for my wedding.

  110. Sheila Reeves says

    My grandmas Roast Beef – used to get the most amazing tasting meat sediment, which we got to sample before she made the gravy – served with the best roasties :))

  111. Paul Pitt says

    A food memory of mine is my mom’s stew. We always seem to get it when “University Challenge” was on TV. Now I always think of stew when I see Jeremy Paxman!

  112. Tracy says

    One of my fondest childhood memories involving food was trying smoked salmon for the first time and proving everyone wrong when I loved it. I felt very grown up!!!

  113. Rod Curtis says

    Always remember cooking eating my first mackerel, I had caught it myself on a fishing trip with my uncle and when we got back my aunt showed me how to prepare it, remember I baked it with cucumber :)

  114. Amber R says

    Potato curry, made for me by my grandmother as a child, because I was a fussy eater and didn’t want to try the more interesting curries everyone else was having for dinner!

  115. Romana Richards says

    I remember going away as a family for 2weeks and we had 5 mins to finish off 12 eggs and a load of caster sugar (well, mum didn’t want them to go to waste) so we whizzed them up together to make a sweet foam and we ate it all up between 5 of us till we felt sick. It made our car journey “interesting”.

  116. MARY HOCKENHULL says

    My abiding food memory is of the house stinking of bacon and cabbage boiled for hours, my mum was a dreadful cook

  117. anthony martin says

    Making a duck in honey and ginger sauce dish for friends family, then eating the duck myself and doing them a chicken..

  118. Jackie Walter says

    Discovering what the bowl of hot white stuff at the end of a serving counter was on Roast Beef day whilst at junior school aged 7!! I was the only kid to eat it apparently!

  119. Tim Bain says

    Sunday roast beef dinner with my gran, all sitting round the table dying to eat but scared to until she sat down after cooking it :)

  120. Helen Thurston says

    Baking with my Nan – remember the measuring out using her Tala measure and then making drop scones, crumbles, sponge cakes. Her sherry trifle was legendary too.

  121. dragonfly63 says

    Eating a yoghurt when Ski very first started to be sold – the tip of a teaspoon at a time and back into the fridge in between – a pot would last for hours.

  122. Fran Light says

    One of my earliest food memories was going to a restaurant with my parents and being served orange sorbet, in an orange! I thought it was magical!

  123. Sally Lea says

    School dinners at primary school. The smell of swede, I never forgot the smell, I couldn’t ever bring myself to taste it. I’ve still never actually tasted swede!

  124. Jo Smith says

    It has to be my Nan making Tripe and Onions….it tasted wonderful 30 years ago, but sadly, when I tried some a couple of months ago it didn’t taste at all like I remembered it!

  125. Louise Paul says

    Not a very old memory but about 6 months ago i tried to make a big chocolate cake, about 20 mins into cooking i heard a bang and it had exploded all over the oven!!! what was left did taste good though lol

  126. Liz Pearson says

    Coming home from school not knowing what was for tea

    A lovely surprise every day;
    Lamb and mint sauce one day
    Fish pie the next
    Sausage and Mash with onion gravy the next

    I loved coming home from school
    I can still remember the heavenly aromas now

  127. Joanna Orr says

    Telling my grandparents when they babysat, that I had Golden syrpu and sugar sandwiches every night for tea… and them letting me have them!
    I still have a tremendous sweet tooth!

  128. Miss Tracy Hanson says

    Not sure if this qualifies, but when I was younger we had to have Christmas day in 2 sittings at my grandparents house because there was 12 of us for dinner. :) :D Good luck to everyone.

  129. Nicola Dudson says

    One of my favourite food memories was during a holiday to Florida. We were in Universal Studios and were trying to find somewhere nice to eat and expected just find burger places but came across a lovely little restaurant and ordered a seafood pasta it was amazing and is still my favourite holiday meal of all time. Whenever we reminisce about our american holiday we rave about the seafood pasta!

  130. Julia Bohanna says

    I am a vegetarian now, but I still love the memory of my father cutting me pieces of black pudding. We would chat as he sliced and I loved the meaty saltiness of it, as well as the conversation. Then one day, I found out what black pudding was and I never ate it again. Bit sad, really. But I can see his big hands still, cutting it for me….

  131. Sarah says

    My mum and I baking chocolate chip cupcakes when I was little, no matter how many times we tried they’d always be burnt underneath and slightly on the edges. Was a good excuse to add a nice thick layer of melted chocolate on top ;)

  132. Julie Hogg says

    Getting a Christmas hamper when we were kids, it was always a highlight. Then when my mam wasn’t around, me and my brother opened one of the family sweet mince pies. We ate it and felt really sick as it didn’t taste right, we later found out it was supposed to be cooked first :(

  133. Erin S says

    The first time I saw Miso soup, I thought there was something wrong with it (The cloudiness), now one of my favourite

  134. Suzie Lynette says

    When I was a little girl my nan would make home made meat pie and she would make a little rose from pastry on the top for me, lovely memory xxx

  135. sgough says

    We had a Dinner Lady in Infants School who once forced me to eat Cheese Pie until I was sick. It was about 40 years before I could eat cheese again! I can still see her face as she made me eat it….

  136. Maria Webster says

    Always being really excited to go on school trips because I always got Jammy Dodgers in the packed lunch, the only time I ever had them

  137. SW Lee says

    My first spaghetti bolognese made by my auntie. She didn’t know how much to use so we all had a huge mountain of food!

  138. Irene Wright says

    Growing up in New Zealand, breakfast on Christmas day was always fresh lamb chops. They were just so succulent and tasty. A real treat because I can’t remember having them any other time of the year. There were seven of us kids and Mum & Dad just couldn’t afford luxuries like these very often.

  139. catherine plant says

    i have loads passed on by different genrations from my great nan baking tea loafs at night because her artheritus kept her awake, to my nan and me cooking mince and mashy as i used to call it, to me and mum cooking the xmas cake every year to my dads disgusting swede and parnisp mashed together in the same way as you make mashed potatoes.

  140. Dawn Henson says

    My food memory is being in the kitchen with my Grandmother on her baking day. She used to bake cakes, bread, Meat pies and they were all delicious.

  141. Caroline Scott says

    as a child, I used to really love luncheon meat which surprises everyone who knows me as I cannot bear anything like that at all these days. I don’t remember going off it – that’s the odd thing. I find it really strange how radically our tastes change between childhood and adulthood

  142. Emily Hutchinson says

    A bit of a strange one, but I remember going to tea at my great grandmother’s house and having celery filled with Heinz sandwich spread!

  143. rebecca austerberry says

    Never liking cauliflour I once attempted to feed it to the dog, slying of course! However in my young wisdom i didnt realise it was a see thru glass table! I got told off for that one!!

  144. Ursulab says

    When I was a child we were always given junket to eat when we were unwell. Junket, what’s junket, I hear you younger ones saying?

  145. vicky cockett says

    my nans syrup sponge, she used to make it special for me, and we would eat it nice and warmm on a cold evening as a treat.

  146. shelagh milne says

    Sitting in my friends house and eating her mothers homemade scouse with doughboys (dumplings) and crsuty bread and butter.Try as I might I cannot make scouse to taste like hers did.

  147. tracey gwynne says

    collecting horseradish root from the local bushes down the lane to make home made horseradish sauce..HOT!!

  148. denise s says

    eating tomatoes as a child even though i was allergic to them , thankfully grown out of the allergy, still love them

  149. Sue Robinson says

    Eating in an American Themed Diner in Disneyland Paris. The waitresses danced on roller skates and an Elvis Presley impersonator came and serenaded my 7 year old daughter – she loved it

  150. Paul Witney says

    We stayed at a posh hotel in St Mawes about 8 years ago and I had the bread and butter pudding for dessert. It was amazing!

  151. Natalie holland says

    In Florida when I was 16, I was in an Italian restaurant and as a starter I had a dish of very wet delicious polenta, various mushrooms and the most deep rich flavourful sauce, to this day I do not know what this sauce was but it has stuck in my mind forever and sadly I have never had such a dish again! Such a simple dish but the flavours were out of this world.

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