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I don't know why I missed this thread before but I grew up during the war and I never remember going hungry, there was six of us and my mother ensured we always had a breakfast, cooked dinner every night, and always a roast dinner on Sundays followed by a pudding. Nothing was ever wasted, mom worked at Hercules and would buy a dinner from the canteen, but if there was a pudding she would bring it home in a basin to share. I can remember running down to stand in the queue to save a place for my mother if news went round that there was tomatoes, or fruit on sale at Griffins in Newtown Row. Expectant mothers were given priority in the queues. I didn't taste ice cream until just after the war, I had chicken pox and was confined to the house, but a neighbour Mrs. Clark bought me a home made ice cream from the brown tiled cafe opposite Burlington Hall in High Street, Aston.
Paul, I too remember being given my first banana to eat, probably late 40's. The memory is vivid and I can remember exactly where I was sitting when Mom gave one to me. Like you I wondered what it was she was giving me to eat!
Comment about bananas reminds me of my first taste I mentioned earlier here in the topic. In some photos I posted elsewhere on the forum, I look well nourished but I think it must have the lovely bread and real 'beef dripping' sandwiches which we used to eat.
Not old enough to recall rationing, but love dripping on toast, relic from my great aunts!! Mom says the same about her first banana as the rest of you lol! Also from rationing days my g. aunts always had a stew pot on in the scullery, anthing and everything went in it and it was always simmering, never tasted anything like it, best comfort food ever!