What is your favourite food? Perhaps it’s something you remember from childhood, a treat your grandma made for you or even the much maligned school dinners? School dinners – seriously? MyDish recently ran a nostalgic online food nostalgia thread on Facebook and a competition on the Mydish Website that generated many happy memories of family recipes, a surprising number of apparently tasty school dinner meals and instances of our first baking experiences. Rose tinted spectacles were nowhere in sight but the tremendous feedback from over 2000 entries sparked so much interest that we have put together at list of the top ten favourite foods as voiced by the UK respondents.
Beginning with the tasty combo of toad-in-the-hole and fairy cakes for afters these foods are firmly blasts from the past. You need a crispy batter and plenty of toad for the best taste experience.
Hot on the heels of toad-in-the-hole is the perennial favourite of school kids and big kids too: the jam roly poly. What better pud is there to keep you warm inside as winter begins to bite?
Scorned by la-di-dah foodies who turn up their snooty noses at such a ‘kid’s dessert’, the chances are that, behind closed doors, they secretly love a hearty dish of jelly and ice cream. Not that they’d admit it of course.
8. Boiled Egg and Soldiers & Gypsy Tart
Soft boiled egg and soldiers is a blast from many adults’ past. Nutritious, filling and a nostalgic reminder of simple childhood days, the eggy food is one that can be enjoyed again and again.
Fortunately for waistlines but unfortunate for sweet-tooths, the gypsy tart largely disappeared from school dinner menus in the 1980s. This high calorie tart is gorgeous in a (very) naughty but nice way.
7. Shepherd’s Pie and Semolina
Getting the right amount of browning to the mashed potato puts the crowning glory to this popular family meal.
Going to show that our favourite meals are still firmly entrenched in happy childhood memories the smooth milk pudding of semolina, with or without a spoonful of runny jam, is a heart warming afters.
6. Corned Beef Hash and Eggy Bread
A first for the list – a meal usually the sole purview of adults, the delicious corned beef hash is a fulsome feast of meat and veg; another flavoursome meal for anyone at any age.
This nutritious, high protein breakfast is also a traditional Christmastime dessert in Portugal and Brazil. Not a lot of people know that. Something to think about as you tuck into your next helping.
5. Tomato Soup and Arctic Roll
Best served hot and enjoyed most with some crusty granary rolls, tomato soup gives you a healthy dose of cancer-unfriendly lycopene in a more digestible form than the raw fruit. Plus it’s absolutely scrumptious.
Back in the shops by popular demand, how many kids had this as their staple dessert back in the 1970s and 80s?
4. Bubble and Squeak & Angel Delight
Get those yesterday’s leftovers heated up in a frying pan to make one of the cheapest and popular meals as nominated by our respondents. It’s a whole new taste experience.
Screaming ‘Childhood dessert!’, the humble Angel delight is yummy, moreish, easy to digest and packed full of calcium for your healthy teeth and bones. More adults should eat it or work it into family desserts. No shame in eating delightful Delight.
3. Bangers and Mash & Fish Fingers
Keep in mind not to buy any sausages that the packaging proudly boasts as ‘bangers’ and you won’t get taken in by manufacturers’ cunning way of getting round the minimum meat requirements. Bangers and mash is a much-loved savoury meal.
Fish fingers are great way of working mini portions of fish into children’s diets. Can you look yourself in the mirror and say you didn’t used to remove the breadcrumbs coating off and eat it separately?
2. Beef Stew & Bread and Butter Pudding
Leaving greasy burgers behind and the fast food pizzas, it’s gratifying to see that here, towards the peak of the most popular UK foods, that good, wholesome British fare still reigns supreme in the eyes of the people. Big chunks of tender beef, gorgeous gravy and seasonal vegetables make a nostalgic joy that can be enjoyed as a weekly winter warmer.
Bread and butter pudding is another of those dishes designed to use old ingredients and reduce waste. The fact that it’s mouth-wateringly moreish is neither here nor there is it?
1. Roast Dinner and Rice Pudding
There can be only one! At the very peak of our epicurean’s delight is the seasonal vegetables and roast chicken or belt-straining roast beef dinner. Its popularity is no doubt due in part to the cosy family atmosphere that would typically be part and parcel of the Sunday Lunch.
And, if you could still find space for afters then good old rice pudding completed the perfect meal. The second milk pudding on our list was overwhelmingly the number one pud. Packed with good complex carbohydrates, vitamins and calcium the rice pudding seems set to stay as favourite in our hearts, minds and tums!
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