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Good Old Fashioned School Dinners: The Good, the Bad and the Spotted Dick
 
 

Good Old Fashioned School Dinners: The Good, the Bad and the Spotted Dick [Kindle Edition]

Becky Thorn
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Reissued in eBook edition, Portico's superb cookbook, Good Old Fashioned School Dinners, will transport you back to those halcyon days of school canteens, evoking the smells, flavours, tastes and textures, of beef cobbler, spam fritters, chocolate concrete and jam roly- poly. If you remember lusting after a Chopper, a Space Hopper or even The Milky Bar Kid, then chances are you’ll also have had school dinners like this. Steaming pies, sloppy mash and puddings drowning in custard evoke a plethora of memories, some good, others frankly awful – depending on what you had served up when you reached the front of the lunch queue.

Good Old Fashioned School Dinners is replete with recipes to make over fifty dishes, including both traditional favourites and meals that were strictly school- canteen-only. They are all tried and tested, prised from the apron pockets of school cooks or otherwise recreated as authentically as possible. Cook yourself back to a golden age when tank tops were cool and lapels were so wide you could catch them on door frames. Fill your kitchen with glorious smells and fill the stomachs of loved ones with custard – you could even round up a few friends and have a ‘back-to-school’ dinner party.

Author Information
Becky Thorn is a primary school teacher with a long-suffering husband and two children (on whom she tries out her recipes). She has appeared on 'Masterchef' as a guest amateur restaurant critic, and recently designed a meal for the Heinz Weightwatchers range.

About the Author

Becky Thorn is a primary school teacher with a long-suffering husband and two children (on whom she tries out her recipes). She has appeared on 'Masterchef' as a guest amateur restaurant critic, and recently designed a meal for the Heinz Weightwatchers range. Her first two books, School Dinners (9781906032449) and Movie Dinners (9781906032869) were also published by Portico.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1876 KB
  • Print Length: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Portico; 1 edition (29 Aug 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EW27IXY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #306,810 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes School Dinners nice 18 Oct 2013
By I. Darren TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a book that you will either love with fond memories, hate with not-so-fond memories or be totally bemused as to its contents.

For some reason traditional British school dinners have a capacity to polarise opinions. Maybe things are different today but for those who went to a British school before the 1990s will surely have a veritable trip down memory lane with this great little book.

This book is filled full of recipes that will let you recreate those school-time culinary creations at home. Although the book doesn't tell you how to make custard extra lumpy or how to make the boiled eggs turn out green and hard as a gobstopper. Some of the recipes are unfamiliar to this reviewer, possibly coming into vogue after school had finished, such as chicken curry but the other recipes can be a total trip down memory lane. Spam Fritters, Jam Roly-Poly, Minced-meat Pie and Pink Custard... yummmmm!

The recipes give a little bit of knowledge at the start, such as a Beef Cobbler acting as a hot-water bottle, keeping you warm for a time after consumption as well as providing a means for many a schoolboy snigger at its name. Each recipe is written in an informal, yet easy-to-understand way and there are even some groan-worthy jokes and similar factoids thrown in for good measure.

It would have been nice, for the benefit of the uninitiated, to have had some photographs of the recipes and to perhaps show those with dire memories of school food how a dish should have in fact looked if the school kitchen had not managed to mangle it out of all recognition. Yet this was a great, quirky, different and considerate book that perhaps should be in every cook's collection - if not just for novelty value. Although there are many good, honest recipes here that could provide nutritious, affordable food for the entire family. So, please miss, can we have some more (recipes)?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Old Fashioned School Dinners 9 Oct 2013
By karen
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I am very pleased with this book, it really brings back memories of time at school, my family like the recipies as well
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2.0 out of 5 stars not the original edition. 19 Feb 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I was disappointed with this book. I have used the original edition in the past and was looking forward to having this new edition but this appears to be an edited version of the first book. Alot of the recipes are missing and the introductions to some of the recipes have been Changed. Shame it doesnt let you know this on the product page.
the recipes are tasty and inexpensive, so I do recommend that you get your hands on the original book if you can find it for a reasonable price.
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