Desserts from my childhood

I have to be honest and say that I have been inspired to write this post because of my friend Nostalgia Pie‘s blog post Old-Skool Ice-Cream Flavours! I was writing in the comments that when we kids we used to eat neopolitan ice cream slices (from an ice cream block) between two ice cream wafers, which was known in our house as an “ice cream sandwich”. This got me to thinking about other desserts that we had growing up, and here we are!

Apple Charlotte
Now, from having a look around Google, it would appear that Apple Charlotte is actually a completely different pudding! The Apple Charlotte online uses bread as an ingredient, whereas my Apple Charlotte didn’t. It actually looked like the below:
Apple CharlotteThe way my mum made it was to layer the bottom of a bowl with canned apples (I think they were puréed). She would then make up some Dream Topping for the middle layer. The top layer was cornflakes mixed with golden syrup. I remember it went in the fridge for some length of time, which as a child just seemed aaaaaages! So, I have no idea what mine was called, but it was decadently delicious!

Arctic roll
Arctic roll was a roll of ice cream (we only ever had vanilla) which was wrapped in sponge with some raspberry sauce between the sponge and the ice cream. To make it last, as it was a treat, we had the thinnest slices going, so if I had some now, I think I’d probably try and eat at least quarter of it in one go!

Supermousse
Before I started researching for this blog post, I hadn’t even known that this pudding had a name! The strawberry ones were my favourite. You were supposed to let them thaw a little but we could never wait and always ate them frozen, which took ages with a small spoon. It kept us quiet though 😀

Instant Hot Crunch Pudding
This was one dessert which I thought I had no chance of tracking down online, but it was actually fairly easy. It was made by Birds and you’d get two packets in the box. One packet contained powder that you added hot water to which created a type of custard, which you’d then serve up in bowls. The other packet contained a crunchy topping which was like bashed up Hobnobs which was sprinkled on top. I think there was a petition a while ago to bring it back, but it never happened. That’s a shame because I would have bought it!
I really want pudding now!

Retro flashback sticker time for Throwback Thursday!

I recently had a conversation in work with a friend about the magazines that were available to buy when we were younger, like Mizz, More!, Fast Forward, Big! Magazine, Look-In, Smash Hits, Just Seventeen/J17 and TV Hits. I remembered that I have an A4 lever arch folder that I’ve since I was a teenager and it’s covered with stickers from the magazines mentioned above. I’ve taken photos to show you so that you can also enjoy a trip down memory lane, or if you’re a lot younger than me (I’m 36), you can say, “who are they?” lol

The front of the folder
The front of the folder
Back of the folder
Back of the folder
Inside left of the folder
Inside left of the folder
Inside right of the folder
Inside right of the folder

And now for the lettered stickers! I don’t seem to have any images for I, Q, V, X or Y…

A

B1

B2

C

D

E

F

G

H

J

K

L

M1

M2

N

O

P

R

S

T

U

W

Z

I used to have paper-rounds when I was a teenager and I remember that I didn’t actually get paid any money by the newsagents because I had so many magazines reserved for me each week that I was literally working just to pay off my magazine bills!

I can’t believe these songs are 30 years old!

Earlier on, while I was doing some book admin, I was listening to songs from 1984 on iTunes. After a while I realised that the songs I’d been listening to turned 30 years old this year! Below are some of my favourite songs from 1984, a time when I was 5 years old and life was stress-free 😀

George Michael “Careless Whisper”
Nena “99 Red Balloons”
Nik Kershaw “I Won’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me”
Giorgio Moroder & Philip Oakey “Together In Electric Dreams”
Matthew Wilder “Break My Stride”
Paul McCartney & The Frog Chorus “We All Stand Together”
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark “Locomotion”
Status Quo “The Wanderer”
Jeffrey Osborne “On The Wings Of Love”
Laura Branigan “Self Control”

You can find out more about 1984 music here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1984_in_music

Dizzy Egg

When I was younger (back in the mid 1990s), I bought a secondhand Spectrum ZX 128K. It was an amazing console, even though you had to wait an AGE for the game to load… Me and my younger brother would set the cassette up and slowly creep out of the bedroom, believing that floor vibrations were responsible for past times when it had crashed. We’d leave it for 10 minutes and slowly peep around the bedroom door to find it had crashed, yet again. Sometimes, it worked fine. It was during these times when it worked fine that I would play Dizzy Egg.

There was more than one Dizzy Egg game, and I had to trawl through YouTube video walkthroughs to find the one I used to play, which appears to be the original Dizzy Egg game. The video below shows the game I used to play:

I hadn’t realised (until I beginning doing my research for this blog post), that the game was designed by two British brothers, Philip and Andrew Oliver. Apparently in 1986 an estimated 7% of all UK games sales were linked to Philip and Andrew Oliver, which is impressive when they were only 18 years old at the time.

It would be great if you could play Dizzy Egg on a modern console, like you can with Super Mario, so I’ll keep my fingers crossed that one day this happens! 🙂