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#1 marnie27

Posted 09 November 2012 - 09:08 PM

I'm having bacon and mushroom risotto for dinner tonight as DP is out and she hates it.  I've added tons of extra onions and garlic just the way I like it, and luckily the kids like it too.   original.gif

I rarely make it, but every time I do I think about the first time I ever ate risotto 16 years ago when my bestie brought over a container his mum (who I didn't really know) had made for us to eat for dinner.  That bestie is now my children's father and his mum is their much-loved nanna, whom we are now very close to.  Risotto = good memories.

My dad on the other hand once almost vomited when I made him a breakfast of marmalade on toast.  He then told me how as a child his aunt had pushed him off a wall in the backyard for refusing to eat marmalade on toast.  There was a 2 metre drop on the other side and my dad was paralysed for almost two years until he regained the ability to walk again.  I knew he'd been pushed off the wall and what happened, but never why.  Marmalade = very bad memories.

Anyone else have a food that evokes a certain memory or feeling?

#2 HeartMyBoys

Posted 09 November 2012 - 09:20 PM

2 minute noodles............About 12 years ago my friend started making them after we got home from a night out. We were pretty drunk. Anyway, to help out i snipped the tops off the flavouring packets. She didnt see me do it, and picked one up and shook it. It went in her face and all over the kitchen. I was rolling on the floor, almost peeing myself with laughter! I always think of it when i make 2 min noodles now biggrin.gif

#3 Chchgirl

Posted 09 November 2012 - 09:27 PM

Full cream plain milk..

When I was a kid in the early 1970's, I distinctly remember kindy and first class we had to drink a small container or bottle of milk. I remember all sitting outside and being given our milk, and it was always warm and made me sick..

I still feel sick to this day thinking about it and cannot drink full cream milk, or plain milk! sick.gif

#4 Owl_Little_Girls

Posted 09 November 2012 - 09:31 PM

The smell of a tomato based pasta meal, reminds me of my mum. Sweet memories as she was such a good cook.

#5 Natbub0610

Posted 09 November 2012 - 09:33 PM

Chocolate cinnamon rolls!! Recipe on Tandaco Yeast pack

Takes me back to childhood, my brother used to love making them all the time. I've never found any since that tasted as good or even remotely the same.


#6 Monket

Posted 09 November 2012 - 09:34 PM

Lemon chicken.  The first time I went out to dinner sans parents, a group of my horsey friends and I went to a Chinese restaurant.  We were 15 but feeling ever so grown up, sipping G&Ts and eating essentially ordinary food.  I had never had lemon chicken before and I rarely do now but if I am feeling a bit nostalgic, this is the dish I will crave.

I love your story about the risotto, what a fabulous story.

#7 BeachedAsBro

Posted 09 November 2012 - 09:42 PM

http://www.simplyoz.com/products/australia..._custard_powder

Foster Clarks custard powder. On Christmas Day, my beloved Nanna would make a huge batch to go over her home made apple pie for dessert after our big dinner. I can't make it the same way she did! And it's a packet mix.

#8 CG123

Posted 09 November 2012 - 09:54 PM

I have many, but these two came to mind first, and funnily enough are both soft drink, and both have family connections.

I can't drink Fanta without thinking of my grandma and grandpa; or "Cocktail" (Loys pineapple maybe?) or lime flavour without thinking of my nan and pop.

RIP my beautiful angels hheart.gif

ETA I thought of another- BBQ shapes and strawberry & kiwi Oasis reminds me of summer in Phillip Island with my bestie back in the day.

Edited by CG123, 09 November 2012 - 09:57 PM.


#9 wiggles

Posted 09 November 2012 - 10:02 PM

Strawberry jam. The first time I tasted it was when I had gone to Scotland with my mum. We were visiting her cousin and I was given toast s otherwd with this incredible strawberry jam. Now everytime I open a jar of  strawberry jam, I have to smell it. Weird I know.

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Edited by wiggles, 09 November 2012 - 10:05 PM.


#10 sa5ha

Posted 09 November 2012 - 10:11 PM

Minestrone soup and osso bucco are both favourite comfort foods of mine as they were basically the only things my dad ever cooked (aside from barbeques anyway) when I was younger.

#11 wilding

Posted 09 November 2012 - 10:16 PM

Good - corned silverside. I don't make it as it's my thing that reminds me of home. Pea and ham soup is another one.

Coke spiders - my nana (on my real father's side) use to make these for my brother and I. For my 7th birthday before we lost contact, she stuck a plastic spider in mine.

and there are others. But these are the main ones that jump out.

Bad - snickers bars, twisties and kedgeree  sick.gif

My brother and I would have to sit at the table until we ate all the kedgeree or we had it cold the next day. Snickers bars and twisties, I was a piggy who ate to much of these in one session vomitted and have never been able to look at them again  blush.gif

#12 DarkestNight

Posted 09 November 2012 - 10:20 PM

Pecan Danish.

September school holidays we would usually go to Magnetic Island and have Pecan Danish, fresh cooked prawns (by my Dad) and play Monopoly! It also reminds me of the fluoro zinc we would plaster over our faces to go swimming at the beach there too. We lived in outback QLD, so didn't see the ocean, or water much!

#13 NunSoFeral

Posted 09 November 2012 - 10:29 PM

Toasted Banana Sandwiches -

My parents fought an awful lot and I remember from an early age my brother would grab me, the dog and the Breville and we would hide out at the back of the shed making these and listening to his cassette's.

Sort of bitter-sweet - love the smell but they also make me feel a bit queasy




#14 Flaxen

Posted 09 November 2012 - 10:33 PM

The smell of a just opened bag of chips (burger rings or chicken twisties esp) reminds me of swimming at the local pool as a child.
It was the only time mum would buy chips.
Its the best bit now, i can open a packet of chips and inhale deeply and am transported right back to the pool!

#15 ~char~

Posted 09 November 2012 - 10:50 PM

Pomegranate and avocado (not together).
My dad loved eating these on their own.

Blackberries which we used to pick from our neighbour's tree.

Toasted Jam and cheese sandwiches.

Eta all good memories. Can't think of bad ones yet

Edited by ~char~, 09 November 2012 - 10:51 PM.


#16 marnie27

Posted 10 November 2012 - 10:12 AM

QUOTE (HeartMyBoys @ 09/11/2012, 07:20 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
2 minute noodles............About 12 years ago my friend started making them after we got home from a night out. We were pretty drunk. Anyway, to help out i snipped the tops off the flavouring packets. She didnt see me do it, and picked one up and shook it. It went in her face and all over the kitchen. I was rolling on the floor, almost peeing myself with laughter! I always think of it when i make 2 min noodles now biggrin.gif

This made me laugh out loud!  biggrin.gif

QUOTE (Monket @ 09/11/2012, 07:34 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I love your story about the risotto, what a fabulous story.

Oh thank you!

Some lovely memories on here.

#17 CountryFeral

Posted 10 November 2012 - 10:37 AM

I have inherited my mother's recipe book.

She was an awesome cook - old school - and it has been an absolute delight to be able to recreate some of her dishes.

Earlier this year I was brave enough to tackle her famous 'brown sauce' (similar to HP sauce) as I had finally used the last drop of my hoarded bottles.

When the kitchen was full of the aroma I was in floods of tears - I don't think I can give words to explain how close and yet so agonisingly far away I felt to her as that scent memory hit me.

But my sauce was perfect.  Even Dad said so.


Growing up I could always tell when Mum was feeling a bit homesick - she would cook the food of her childhood and I could sit with her as she told stories of he Mother or Auntie who's recipe it was, along with stories of her own youth... I feel a great privilege that thanks to her foresight (leaving such a great written resource) I may one day be able to do the same with children of my own.

#18 --binda--

Posted 10 November 2012 - 11:13 AM

Another for 2 minute noodles.... I threw a nice burning hot bowl of them at  my brother.


I still giggle at it. Got the bugger back for bashing me all the time.

#19 Froger

Posted 10 November 2012 - 11:21 AM

My grandfather could never eat oranges, or be around anyone that had eaten oranges, since he returned from the war. My grandmother told me it was because they reminded him of the smell of rotting flesh.  sad.gif

#20 Feral_Mumma

Posted 10 November 2012 - 11:28 AM

Not food but Sarsaparilla cordial always reminds me of holidays. Every year my parents would take my brother and I up to an island for holidays, lots of beach time and fishing and summer thunderstorms wub.gif

#21 Rosepickles

Posted 10 November 2012 - 11:29 AM

Love the noodle story!
Eating the mango bits of mango skin (if that makes sense) always reminds me of sharing mangoes with my beautiful Dad who passed away when i was 8.
Grenadine and milk, my Pa would always make the kids one of these at family gatherings

#22 Velvetta

Posted 10 November 2012 - 11:29 AM

Space food sticks - never eat them, but when I see them in the supermarket I'm straight back to grade 5 in the playground.

Solo - my first ever soft drink. I was 11 and mum took me to Sydney to Waratah Park and I saw Skippy (or one of them). It was really hot and she bought me a can. I had only ever had juice, cordial or milk before that and it was amazing.

Tofu and tempeh in stir fries evoke my share house uni days when we were all poor and vegetarian too. Still love it.

Edited by Velvetta, 10 November 2012 - 11:30 AM.


#23 mintpatty

Posted 10 November 2012 - 11:41 AM

Roast pork, my Mum made it every christmas and I loved the smell.  I always think of my Mum (who died 4 years ago) when I make roast pork.

Also for Christmas my Mum would always put out lovely bowls of nuts, salted and chocolate covered and a bowl of Darrell Lea christmas candies.  Which I now do every year.  I'm hoping Darrell Lea still makes the christmas candies this year...and the Christmas puddings or it just won't be the same.

#24 Jenganoosh

Posted 10 November 2012 - 11:42 AM

Baked custard with cinnamon on the top - reminds me of my Nana, who was my best friend and passed away when I was only 7. 25 years later I still miss her and remember so many things about her, like how she smelt of baby powder, gave the best squishy hugs, and taught me how to play cards hheart.gif

My Mum still makes me baked custard whenever I'm under the weather, and it always makes me feel a bit better wub.gif

#25 Feral timtam

Posted 10 November 2012 - 11:53 AM

Fresh baked bakery bread.

In hindsight we were incredibly poor during my childhood, but after Mum's marriage ended she always purchased only the freshest bread from our local bakery. Before they separated Mum would often have to cut mould off bread before we ate it. The bakery bread happened after we moved out and it brings back the memories of being safe and happy.




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