I was looking through my wedding pics with a friend earlier, and we were laughing because my wedding dress was a £20 prom dress eBay purchase (my wedding shoes were £8.99 new from a charity shop!). We had an extremely small budget to work with, so I did my own make up, got a lift to the registry office off my mother-in-law (to be, at the time!) and had the reception at our house with homemade buffet food. All in all, it was a cheap, but happy day! 🙂
This morning started just like any other, except it was no ordinary morning. I got to work, checked the BBC News app on my phone while my PC booted up, and couldn’t believe it when I saw that David Bowie had died. I mean, just, how? Why??! Such a terrible thing to have happened to such a fantastically talented man. Absolute Radio played David Bowie songs from 9am – 10am, and I’d just about kept it together, until the start of this song. We can be heroes, just for one day. RIP David, thank you for the years of happiness and entertainment you gave us x
I, I wish you could swim Like the dolphins, like dolphins can swim Though nothing, nothing will keep us together We can beat them, for ever and ever Oh we can be heroes, just for one day
I, I will be king And you, you will be queen Though nothing will drive them away We can be heroes, just for one day We can be us, just for one day
I, I can remember (I remember) Standing, by the wall (by the wall) And the guns shot above our heads (over our heads) And we kissed, as though nothing could fall (nothing could fall) And the shame was on the other side Oh we can beat them, for ever and ever Then we could be heroes, just for one day
We can be heroes We can be heroes We can be heroes Just for one day
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: The 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!
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
And now for the lettered stickers! I don’t seem to have any images for I, Q, V, X or Y…
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!