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Food that brings back happy childhood memories

Discussion in 'Food and Drink' started by WarrenB, Mar 8, 2015.

  1. WarrenB

    WarrenB Contributor

    I made some simple toast with strawberry jam this morning and the smell took me right back over 30 years to the family holidays we would have by the coast.
    Just cheap holidays staying in a caravan, but they were great times and the smell this morning took me right back inside that caravan with my parents and grandparents.
    I can remember everyone having toast with strawberry jam in the mornings, and I can see my grandma handing me a plate as clear as anything in my head, happy times:)


    Anyone else have any food that brings back happy memories?
  2. Bill T

    Bill T Founding Member

    Many foods remind me of my mom, who was a great cook. Mostly Italian food.
    But the thing that does is for me is a very simple one also..
    Fried potato wedges...aka french fries from a whole potato. With the skin on.
    To me...food bliss...
  3. Jim

    Jim Old Curmudgeon Founding Member

    Oatmeal raisin cookies bring me back to my grandmothers sunny kitchen with the yellow Formica kitchen table with the chrome trim on the sides and the overstuffed matching chairs in vinyl, the magic of the vacuum coffee pot mesmerizing me....
  4. Lucretia

    Lucretia Founding Member

    We used to get smoked sausage from a tiny town in Georgia (Hahira) and have it for breakfast with grits and scrambled eggs. I think the sausage must have had a little sugar in the cure. The casing would turn really dark in the pan, crispy and slightly sticky. Then you'd scramble up your eggs in the sausage drippings and get all those little dark flecks in the eggs, which would get mixed in with buttery grits. A dollop of home made strawberry jam to smear on the sausage and it was the perfect breakfast.

    Scuppernong grape jelly and wine also bring back memories. My grandmother would make jelly with mostly the white grapes (they tasted better but the jelly wasn't very attractive) with some of the purple ones mixed in for a little color. It was a beautiful clear purplish-pink jelly and tasted wonderful. Her brother made scuppernong wine. He was an old bachelor who had a farm and put up most of his own food. Scuppernong wine is terrible wine. It's very sweet and burns all the way down. Best drunk out of a washed out tin can. Or soak peaches in it and dump over ice cream.
  5. butch

    butch Founding Member

    slippery potpie love that stuff
  6. John Fout

    John Fout Founding Member

    chicken and noodles with homemade and rolled noodles. cut by hand. :D
  7. MotoMike

    MotoMike Founding Member

    Grandma's baked beans
  8. WildBoar

    WildBoar Founding Member Contributor

    Chicken pieces marinated in 'Italian' salad dressing and cooked on a big grill, with totally burnt skin and very, uhm, red meat at the bones. Staple of all the big family picnics when I was a kid. Don't know how we didn't lose someone eating that stuff :fp2 Also, tomato sauce with meatballs, sausages and pork ribs added for flavor.
  9. apicius9

    apicius9 Founding Member

    This makes me shiver, I never got the sweet and salty combos of the American breakfast...

    For me it's probably simply Nutella for memories around childhood breakfasts. There are childhood smells that I miss, like the sausage drying over broom sticks in my grandparents never-used formal 'living room', the meat soup after slaughtering a pig and cooking all the sausages in that broth, the smell of foods in my Grandma's kitchen (she was a terrible cook, but I spent a lot of time with them as a kid). The smell of my late teens was mostly stale smoke and beer of the bars I used to hang around in, but I don't really miss that...

  10. Jeffery Hunter

    Jeffery Hunter Founding Member

    Baked Beans! My grandfather would make these amazing beans, just never the same as when he would do them in the old iron stove they had forever. Every time he would start and by the end of the first day there was twice as much cooking as intended and he would make us wait till day three to get to eat any oh the torture we endured waiting till grandpa gave the go ahead to dig in!
  11. My dad wasn't the cooking type, until Sunday mornings when he would ransack the entire kitchen just to produce bacon, eggs and pancakes. The bacon was from a local butcher and my dad cooked it in a lodge skillet which to this day has never been used for anything else. Then sunny side up eggs in the same skillet with bacon fat. But the highlight was what he called German pancakes. They weren't at all like the baked version with apples that most people think of, but thin crepe like cakes that he cooked in a huge electric frying pan. He would grease the frying pan with butter, ladle in maybe 2/3 cup of batter, then pick up the electric fry pan by the handles and tilt it all around. My dad is 78 and we still have the index card my grandmother wrote out for him with the recipe.
  12. scotchef38

    scotchef38 Founding Member

    Rhubarb tart,tattie scones,mince and tatties,Rowan jam and porridge made properly with the cream off the top of full fat milk

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