Are there any foods which bring back childhood memories?

@Wizzywig (7860)
March 12, 2010 4:49am CST
For me it would be 1. parsnips... I always hated them & remember them staring menacingly at me from my plate 2. Cheese and potato pie... I still love the golden bubbling top 'crust'. we only ever had it on a Saturday... I dont know why? 3. rhubarb crumble with ice cream. Mum always made it when my dad was away for the day driving my uncle to visit a friend. So, as soon as it was mentioned that he was going I'd mentally have that bowl of rhubarb crumble and melting ice cream 4.Mars bars sliced thinly. Dad would sometimes buy one and he would slice it up so that we could all have some.if I ever have a Mars now, I have to slice it to eat it - I can't just take a bite.
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@Darkwing (21590)
14 Mar 10
There are a few things I remember too... this is quite thought-provoking actually. In my childhood days, we had to live on a budget. I have three siblings and my Dad was only bringing home a basic wage, working for the Gas Board, in their office. On Monday, every week, my Mum used to buy some corned beef and a tin of baked beans and make a pie from them. Cheap and easy.. and it went round. We loved it... used to look forward to Mondays. lol. I also remember my Mum wanting to give us an alternative to the run-of-the-mill bread and jam; something sweet as an alternative. Many's the time I've had sultanas and a sprinkling of brown sugar between my slices, and as a real treat... grated Cadbury's chocolate in my sandwiches. They were "special" tea time treats, which I'll never forget. :) Thank you for the memories, my friend. Brightest Blessings.
@Wizzywig (7860)
14 Mar 10
My dad was a farm labourer so I still know how to make budget meals My mum speaks of "Russian" jam... cos you rush it on and rush it off again! Oooooh you were posh!! Sultanas AND brown sugar both together in the same sandwich?? Of course we had bread and dripping then aswell didnt we?
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@Darkwing (21590)
17 Mar 10
Ha ha ha... yup, bread and dripping AND my Dad used to let the Yorkshire Puds go cold and then fill them with jam, or put a little golden syrup in them, so they wouldn't go to waste. LOL. Ahhhhhhhh, the memories!
@Wizzywig (7860)
17 Mar 10
We had then with lemon juice and sugar. I still love left over mash fried up till its crispy on the bottom. ( when I say that... I dont mean the mash should be fried till it feels crispy when applied to one's bottom.....)
@ronaldinu (12454)
• Malta
12 Mar 10
The food that brings my childhood memoiries are 1) Tomato juice - It was my nightmare. Primary school used to finish at 4pm. My mum used to wait for me when school finished with a jar of fresh tomato juice that she had made herself. I used to hate it do drink tomato juice five times a week after school finishes. 2) Fish and chips - It was my favourite food and still is. My brother and I used to count every single chips and check who has the greatest number of chips in his plate. Usually a chips war would follow. It always started by diverting my brother's attention from his plate, by telling him look's what on tv now, as soon as he diverts his eyes from his plate, I am ready to take even a small chips. this would start world war 3
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@BarBaraPrz (16348)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
12 Mar 10
I remember having fish and chips and watching Diver Dan every Friday as a kid. Kind of odd in hindsight, as most of the characters on the show were puppet fish that talked. There was also a mermaid. She wasn't a puppet.
@Wizzywig (7860)
12 Mar 10
OH yuck! no, whilst I love tomatoes raw/cooked, as soup, ketchup, paste - I dont like tomato juice!! I was never a big fish lover but, a bag of chips swimming in vinegar, wrapped in newspaper and eating with the fingers
@umit_umit (1988)
• India
13 Mar 10
Foods,like butter chicken,vhicken curru and many delecious delites are there!
@Wizzywig (7860)
13 Mar 10
I guess you like chicken??
• Philippines
13 Mar 10
Well, the food that bring back my childhood memories, pineapple chunks in milk. My mom always made that when we were young and I don't know why she liked that but I hate that. One day I told her I don't like eating that and after that she never made again. But now thinking about that food makes me think about my childhood.
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@Wizzywig (7860)
13 Mar 10
Was that just in ordinary milk or the tinned stuff like Carnation or something? We used to have either peaches or mandarin oranges with evaporated milk.
@pcserver (395)
13 Mar 10
There are two foods that bring memories back to me: spaghetti and pizza...i am not Italian...but my mum used to make a lot of those when i was young and they had become my favourite and they are still my favourite and everytime I eat one of the two i remember something from my childhood - and the good thing is it is always something funny and cheerful :)
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@Wizzywig (7860)
13 Mar 10
I think I was well into my teens before I ate spaghetti... we used to have macaroni cheese but that was as far as it went with regard to pasta. I suppose it was still considered a bit "international cuisine" at that time! Of course, that was pre-Pizza Hut too.
@nancyk72 (20)
• Canada
13 Mar 10
I remember my childhood when I eat a certain candy called Nusita that is sold in my home country. Also when I eat a type of goat milk caramel called Cajeta. mmm,mmmm...
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@Wizzywig (7860)
13 Mar 10
What was the Nusita like?
13 Mar 10
Jamoca almond fudge ice cream cake from Baskin robins! For any of the fams birthdays its the only food that was garunteed to be there.
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@Wizzywig (7860)
13 Mar 10
That sounds like something I should have tried!!!
12 Mar 10
Ah, what memories! The good ones are my mum's home-made stew with dumplings and little fruit cakes still warm from the oven. The bad ones are Irish stew at school which was some kind of watery gravy with fatty meat, followed by stodgy cake with pink custard. Do you remember the sweets you got as a child (I think you Americans call it 'candy'!)? I remember licorice bootlaces, sherbet dabs, gob-stoppers, flying saucers and rainbow drops. Thanks for taking me back to my childhood!
@Wizzywig (7860)
12 Mar 10
Yes, stew and dumplings... a great way to use up leftovers! Oh, and butterfly buns!! I haven't seen gobstoppers for a while but the others are the sort of things I buy as little stocking filler gifts. One of my colleagues celebrated his 60th birthday last year and I bought him a selection of 'old' sweets - and of course, a bag of marbles, a yo-yo and a polystyrene glider (since they dont seem to make the balsa wood ones now)
12 Mar 10
Yes there is one thing that really reminds me of home when I was a child and that's mums cheese topped shepherds pie. I loved it, and I still do. I try to recreate it myself at home but it never turns out as good as mums.
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@Wizzywig (7860)
12 Mar 10
My mum still makes that and will sometimes bring one with her when she comes up for lunch..... and, yes, hers are way better than mine
@BarBaraPrz (16348)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
12 Mar 10
Since you only had rhubarb when your father was away, my guess would be that he was allergic to it. (My brother was.)
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@Wizzywig (7860)
12 Mar 10
We had it at other times too but, I think mum made it as a sort of treat to make up for dad not being home. We didnt have a fridge then so, if the shops were shut and the ice cream man didnt come round, we'd have evaporated milk on it.
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12 Mar 10
Mars Bars - my Dad used to do that too hun. It was a treat on a Friday night, Dad would open a Mars Bar and cut it into four pieces so that we could all share it. Even now, I remember looking forward to Friday nights, and waiting with anticipation for the chocolate treat.
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@Wizzywig (7860)
12 Mar 10
My dad had a little brown knife which he always kept very sharp - so we weren't allowed to touch it! That's what he cut the Mars with ... into loads of very thin slices. It was the big treat to get the ends because of the extra chocolate
• Philippines
12 Mar 10
I remember my childhood when I eat my grandma's Birthday noodle. It is the best. It is the favorite of our relative and friends. When It is her birthday she would cook 25 kilo's of noodles. Just for everyone to enjoy her famous Birthday noodles.
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@Wizzywig (7860)
12 Mar 10
That is a LOT of noodles!!!
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@hvedra (1623)
16 Mar 10
My mother wasn't the best cook so soggy veg, sadly, reminds me of childhood dinners. I was quite fussy about veg as a child, pretty much only eating a few things because she only did a few things that were actually edible... I think hake (the fish) is the thing that really takes me back. My mother did do a good job of fish and chips and because back then hake was cheaper than cod we often had that. These days you need a second mortgage to buy hake! Other than that, I think all my good memories are from snack food and sweets which is another sad indictment, but there you go.
@Wizzywig (7860)
16 Mar 10
Oh dear, soggy veg is not nice I've never been very keen on fish but I remember my mum steaming fish on an enamel plate over a saucepan...
@ANTIQUELADY (36491)
• United States
12 Mar 10
The one thing i could not stand that my mother cooked was stewed tomatoes w/bread crumbs on top. yuck, i hated those things even tho i love tomatoes. She cooked alot of good thinds & my grandmother's did to. I could make u a list of the good things a mile long, lol.
@Wizzywig (7860)
12 Mar 10
Well, if the good list is long and there's only one thing on the bad list, that sounds like a winner to me
@dawnald (84124)
• Shingle Springs, California
12 Mar 10
Good - split pea soup, leg of lamb, stew, mom's cookies Bad - some of the boxed mixes that mom tried out - the dried meat was pretty awful!
@Wizzywig (7860)
12 Mar 10
Mmmm, my mum made a good pea soup... & still does. Whenever my aunt comes up to stay with her, mum will make it... tho my aunt will only eat it on a day they are staying home
@machizmo (279)
• United States
12 Mar 10
When I eat a dipped cone, it reminds me of when we had diary queens all over the place. If I eat catfish I think of when I would go fishing with my grandfather. I also think of when I was a boy when I eat a bowl of tomato soup.
@Wizzywig (7860)
12 Mar 10
Those are nice memories - especially of going fishing with your grandfather. Thanks for sharing
@laglen (19783)
• United States
12 Mar 10
Great memories! I would have to say that the frozen orange push pops, bologna sandwiches remind me of my best friend, that is ALL they ate at their house. Carnival french fries!
@Wizzywig (7860)
12 Mar 10
I remember "Jubblies" - they were 3 cornered wax cartons with frozen juice (that probably wasn't real juice) You cut one corner off and then ate it like an ice lolly pushing it up from the other corners. I remember squeezing one too hard, the hole in the corner split and my Jubbly flew up in the air and landed on the pavement.