Tuesday, 1 May 2018

'Fizzy Custard'


Thinking  back  the  school dinners that were served at my infant school during the early '70s were terrible.  There was no choice and we had to finish up what we were given, watched over by stern dinner ladies.  I wasn't a fussy eater but I'd regularly miss my entire lunch break because I refused to eat what was on my plate.  Puddings, funnily enough were the worst.  I've written a post before about my food dislikes.  Semolina and prunes have to be my least favourite meal of all times.  But 'fizzy custard' came a close second.  I'm trying to get to the bottom of what the hell it was.

I've ruled out tapioca and sago.  They're too distinctive looking.  This stuff was yellow and it was served with a travesty of a shortbread  And yes, it had an unpleasant fizziness.  Does anyone know what it might be?

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  1. No idea what that might have been! Puddings at my school were invariably disgusting, they put a lump of jam in the middle of the rice pudding - sacrilege!

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    1. Oh yes, we had the jam in rice pudding too! Our school had no kitchen and the meals were driven in by van. The peas must have been dried peas originally and they must have cooked up too pale- so they were dyed some horrible shade of teal. JanF

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    2. I like jam on rice pudding! xx

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  2. I don't remember fizzy custard! I do recall the awful lumpy mashed potato, yuck. I had a teacher stand over me saying "eat it all, imagine it is strawberries". What a d***.

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  3. My Mum caved in and let me have packed lunches after I was made to sit for a whole lunchtime with a plate of fatty veal, lumpy mashed potatoes and cauliflower. It might not have been so bad if it hadn't all been the same greyish colour!

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    1. My mum caved as well eventually and we went home for lunch. I don't think kids do that today. xx

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  4. I wondered if it may have been blamange gone wrong. My school dinners were revolting with everything burnt or raw meat wobbly with blood-no wonder I'm vegetarian now x

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    1. I don't think it was blancmange. It had a gritty texture. xx

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  5. No idea about the custard but school meals were revolting. I’m sure that’s where I was put off meat for life. My daughter took a packed lunch as she has so many allergies. We let her have school dinners about once a year which was guaranteed to put hervoff for another yea4.

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    1. Ha! There was no Jamie Oliver in those days. Lou likes school dinners now. xx

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  6. I'm guessing it was a cheap packaged mousse. I remember some of those served to us by my Mom in the 60's. (And I'm in Canada.)

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    1. I'm not sure. It was gritty. But then again it could have been a really bad mousse! xx

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  7. Late to the party again, but it may have been ground rice. I loved school dinners......except boiled fish that had like a cornflakes topping and I didn't like pink custard.

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    1. Maybe - but is ground rice 'fizzy'? xx

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  8. We used to have something called Cremola which was yellow and I think was a mix of custard and ground rice or semolina....maybe your school dinner ladies were using up yesterday's or even last week's custard etc to make something like it?!

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