Love her or loathe her, Maggie did me a big favour. I was often milk monitor in my early days at school, which involved sticking straws through the foil tops of mini bottles of thick, cheesy milk which had been sitting in the playground all morning. In a bid to save the country money she scrapped the milk and became known as 'Maggie Thatcher, milk snatcher'. Hooray!
Milk wasn't the only vile thing we had to drink at school. Our lunch was served with water in coloured aluminium jugs (and matching tumblers) which tasted like it had been scooped out of a fish pond and was always slightly warmer than room temperature. The food wasn't bad though. I have to admit to being partial to the odd spam fritter with an ice cream scoop of mashed potato, and I really loved the spongey puddings and coloured custard.
Here's one I made earlier...
Jam and Coconut Sponge with pink custard
125g margarine (for an authentic 1970's flavour)
125g caster sugar
2 eggs, beaten
125g self raising flour
½teaspoon baking powder
a few drops of vanilla essence
a splosh of milk
Pre-heat the oven to 180/gas 4. Cream together the marg and sugar until pale and fluffy, then add eggs a little at a time. Mix in the milk and vanilla, then fold in the flour and baking powder. Pour into a lined tin measuring 18x20 cm and bake for about 20 minutes until risen and golden. When cool, spread liberally with raspberry jam and a sprinkling of coconut. Serve with Ambrosia pink custard (in the little tubs) which has a very authentic taste.
Definitely the best days of our lives!