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VOTE: What were your favourite childhood foods - and do you still eat them now?

PUBLISHED: 19:00 22 November 2020 | UPDATED: 19:18 22 November 2020

Some pupils waiting to eat their school dinner at St Pancras School in Ipswich  Picture: ARCHANT

Some pupils waiting to eat their school dinner at St Pancras School in Ipswich Picture: ARCHANT

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Do you remember eating sugar sandwiches, toast and dripping, milk sop and suet pudding?

These are just some of the foods from the past which members of the Ipswich Remembers Facebook group have been reminiscing about.

Their memories come amid a wave of nostalgia for old-style food on social media, with people on Instagram posting photos and recipes for school dinner favourites such as jam and coconut sponge.

Homemade Yorkshire pudding - have you ever eaten it with syrup? Picture: GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCKPHOTOHomemade Yorkshire pudding - have you ever eaten it with syrup? Picture: GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCKPHOTO

Rob John Akehurst, who started up the discussion, said: “When I was a kid in Shakespeare Road, Ipswich, parents let us eat bread dipped in meat juice or butter on cold suet pudding.”. He also said he likes rice pudding and still enjoys crisp sandwiches.

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Sugar sandwiches were one delicacy some remembered eating as children. Sandy Butcher said: “As a child, they were delicious. Strangely, now I much prefer savoury things, maybe they put me off!”

Two girls enjoying their school dinner at St Pancras School in Ipswich  Picture: ARCHANTTwo girls enjoying their school dinner at St Pancras School in Ipswich Picture: ARCHANT

Jenni Green also remembered them, saying: “Gosh, I’d forgotten about those sandwiches - we used to love them. Nowadays, they’d frown and say how unhealthy, but we were fit kids, and not one bit overweight, as on the go all day.”

Liz Cartwright also remembered condensed milk sandwiches, but said: “I couldn’t eat them now. More salt and vinegar is what I like.”

An old-style roast dinner. Picture: George Marks/ Getty ImagesAn old-style roast dinner. Picture: George Marks/ Getty Images

Dripping on toast was another childhood treat fondly remembered by many.

Group member Lorraine Cook said: “We had dripping on bread or toast growing up. However I’m veggie, so don’t eat it now.”

Did you enjoy rice pudding as a child? Picture: GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCKPHOTODid you enjoy rice pudding as a child? Picture: GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCKPHOTO

And Linda Warren said: “We had dripping on toast with a little salt. It was lovely. We’ve had it lately too, but not the same.”

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Erik Roper remembered: “Pork scratchings from the butchers were popular back in the day, as were potted meat and crab for Sunday tea.”

A Stoke High School School Dinner in January 1980 Picture: ARCHANTA Stoke High School School Dinner in January 1980 Picture: ARCHANT

Puddings, from suet to Yorkshire puds, are another fond memory, and often sweet and savoury were mixed.

Bernadette Atkins said: “I loved spotted dick pudding, as it was called then, but instead of custard my dad and l used to have beef gravy on it in the 1950s.” Others remembered eating Yorkshire pudding with syrup.

And Sue Janney said her favourite was “Suet pudding with treacle, warm. It’s still as good now.”

Several members also remember eating “milk sop”. Janice Polley said: “We used to have bread broken up in a cup covered in warm milk and sugar. I cannot touch milk now.”


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