Episode 3: Childhood Foods

Join London tour guide Hazel Baker as she explores her own childhood memories, those of fellow tour guide Ian McDiarmid and also those of her mother.

Food helps shape the identity of people's whole life experiences. It's a bonding ritual between friends, families and communities.

Can you remember a children's birthday party when you went to as a child which didn't have food? No? Me neither. Being a child from the 1980s many of my memories are of psychedelic foods; bread and butter with hundreds and thousands, iced gems, pineapple and cheese on a cocktail stick and jelly and ice cream.

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Show notes:

Hazel: Hello and welcome to London Guided Walks podcast. In the coming episodes we will be sharing our love and passion for London, its people, places and history in an espresso shot with a splash of personality. For those of you who don't know me, I am Hazel Baker, founder of londonguidedwalks.co.uk, providing guided walks, private tours and treasure hunts to Londoners and visitors alike. And now bringing you a jam-packed podcast during the time of the Coronavirus. We're lucky to have two guests on today's episode. Returning to the studio is our erudite guide Ian McDiarmid.

What we discussed:

Hazel: Today's episode was inspired by a conversation I had on Twitter where people were sharing their childhood foods, these included sugar sandwich and ketchup sandwich. For me, salt and vinegar crisps sandwiches were a big part of the fun of being a child as well as my mom's mashed potato suprise and my granny's apple pie.

What foods was it for you in your childhood that really brings back those feelings of nostalgia?

Spam fritters, what's wrong with spam fritters? They're crispy on the outside, they've got a lovely juiciness with the batter and the sweetness of the spam. I mean, what's not to like? 

When I asked our other guides what their favourite foods were as a child, Susan also said bread and butter pudding. So, you're not alone with that. My mother's bread and butter pudding wasn't so great. When you bit into it, it tasted like it had been shot.

I think with sandwiches that they shouldn't contain anything sweet. I mean, a little bit of relish maybe but the idea of sort of sugary sandwiches is a bit of a no no in my mind.

At primary school, our cook was Mrs. Jordan, and she was fabulous. We, I mean, I remember at primary school trying my first moussaka and my first goulash, and I loved them, absolutely loved them. So, where I kind of think, and maybe you were a picky eater.

I think 1960's cafeteria, you would never get anything like moussaka and goulash, they would just-- those are exotic foods. 

Hazel: What's wrong with toad in a hole? Sausages and batter, I mean, you can't go wrong. 

I must agree with you about the semolina that reminded me of frogspawn. 

Why don't you share some of your more positive experiences with food? First of all, you mentioned about puddings, and I know you mentioned in the past about castle puts or something, what are they? Big thanks to both Ian and my mom for sharing their childhood memories of food, including bread and butter pudding, spam fritters, and chocolate concrete.

Join us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and share your childhood foods with us. 

Thanks also to all those who have sent me lovely messages of encouragement for doing this podcast. It really is appreciated. Requests for future episodes have included London markets and London during World War II. So, we'll add those to the list. And if you have any suggestions for future episodes, or you want to join me on a podcast and share your memories or knowledge of London, then please visit londonguidedwalks.co.uk/podcast, and get in touch.

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