Susan from Handsworth, Birmingham
Hey, my name is Susan from Handsworth, Birmingham. I grew up with both my parents and my brother. We were very close as a family unit. We played board games together and cards for pennies, I was taught how to knit and bake cakes. My brother was taught how to fish and build brick walls, your typical life skills. We always went on caravan holidays to pontins in Wales with our extended family every year from being the age of 5 to 12. Being younger I never ever wanted to leave home as it was a safe and supportive place to grow up. I would be upstairs doing homework, my brother would be outside playing with his friends, my Mum would be in the kitchen cooking up a storm and my dad would walk in from work and put some music on to pass the time until tea was on the table. We would share our stories of day around the table while we ate.
Typically as a kid we would eat cereal, toast or crumpets for breakfast, for lunch a sandwich or noodles/pasta and for tea meat and two veg. However my ultimate favourite dinner was always Sunday Dinner. When I was younger we ate around the table, nowadays we eat on our lap as we don’t have room for a dining table. I used to love baking with my mom so that I could lick the bowl and spoon afterwards.
Never had takeaway food growing up. Now with the lifestyle I lead I’m hardly ever home to cook so I’d grab something quick to fill a gap. My favourite is jallof rice.
Some of my favorite English meals are full english breakfast (without the tomatoes), butty and a packet of crisp, fish and chips, sausage, mash and onion gravy, summer pudding and apple crumble and custard.