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Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Win a Healthy Delicious Hamper


Riverfords award-winning organic vegetable and meet boxes contain delicious fresh food straight from the farm delivered to your door and we have another one of their fantastic delicious hampers to give away.

Riverford offers a range of weekly organic essentials like vegetables as well eggs, milk, meat, juices and cereals, they can even deliver wine and chocolate when you need a treat and their amazing Organic vegboxes start from just £10.45. The Riverford box scheme began when Guy Watson started delivering vegetables locally to 30 friends in Devon. They now deliver around 40,000 boxes a week to homes around the UK from their regional farms. Ordering is easy and flexible, delivery is free and you don’t even need to be at home. www.riverford.co.uk

The prize is a large vegbox with meet that will be enough organic meat and veg to feed 4+ people for around a week. Typically 12 veg varieties with potatoes, carrots and onions most weeks. You’ll also get 3 RSPCA award-winning meat items that will always include a joint and mince, plus a different cut such as diced chicken. 

To enter this free competition tell us about a meal with a special memory, perhaps there was a proposal, a job offer, decision to move home, whatever the memory please share it with us.

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Terms and conditions: This competition closes at 23.59 on 28 February 2014. Any entries received after this time will not be counted. Entrants must be UK residents aged 18 years or older to enter. By entering this competition you agree and consent to your name being published and by taking part in the competition, entrants are deemed to have read, understood and accepted all of the Terms and Conditions and agreed to be bound by them. The winner will be selected at random from the valid entries and will be announced here on the blog. 

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183 comments:

  1. One of the best meal time memories for me was getting a phone call to tell me my wife was going into labour. I had only just sat down to eat and had to rush to the hospital. I never did get to eat anything - well maybe a chocolate bar from a machine, but my son was delivered about 8 hours later. Hes 14 now.

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  2. One of my favourite meal memories was when we decided to start trying for children. It was just before we got married and we knew that we wanted children together so we began trying. It took over 6 mths, but it's a bit of a distant memory now as we have two beautiful daughters :)

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  3. When my hublet proposed he wanted to take me to a nice restaurant in London for a slap up meal. But by the time we were ready to eat, everything was closing. So we ended up at a burger joint where he bought me a quarter-pounder burger AND a half-pounder burger. I couldn't even finish the quarter-pounder! We still laugh about it :)

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  4. Brigitte Leprince19 February 2014 at 15:05

    It was my birthday and my sister took me to a wonderful chocolate box cottage restaurant in Ibsley - New Forest. Fond memory of the that occaision because of the wonderful surroundings and terrific food. Home made chocolate, home made beer, open fire and food cooked to order! Choice of food was amazing!

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  5. Last year I travelled to Antwerp alone and a friend suggested I must have some frites with mayonaise. So I did and it was one of the best 'meals' I've ever had. Sitting in a swanky pub eating chips and mayo, watching the crowd go by outside.

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  6. eating seafood on the french riveria, unforgettable sunset

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  7. Mine is memorable but not in a good way. This guy who remembered me from years ago asked me out & took me to an Italian restaurant for our first date. He ordered spaghetti Bolognese & when the waiter brought his meal my date promptly took out his false teeth & put them in his pocket. I couldn't look him in the face for the rest of the meal & needless to say there was no second date.

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  8. We were eating at a gorgeous italian beach restaurant in the Maldives and my boyfriend was acting really oddly and not speaking to me at all. I was a bit worried that something was wrong, but tried to enjoy my meal regardless. The reason for his odd behaviour became apparent afterwards when we walked along the beach and he got down on one knee and proposed!

    @rachiegr

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  9. my most memorable meal has to be my wedding meal , just me and my new hubby went to a deco style "diner" and had without a doubt THE best roast beef yorkshire pudding mash and creamed spinach it was in Vegas and was amazing never had roast beef that tastes as good !!

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  10. My most memorable meal was the first meal our son cooked for us-fish pie and apple crumble.

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  11. The first meal at home when I left hospital!

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  12. I went on a drug trial to find the effects of a possible cure for alzheimers, I was in there for almost a month with what felt like prison food. I got out to see my first sunlight in that time, first fresh air, and there was a mexican restaurant just across the road. The smell was.. oh my. When I had the first mouthful of fahita I felt like I was in heaven.
    cafferkey_60@hotmail.com

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  13. It has to be when I was 14 and had won a competition at school through my Home Economics class! We had to write an essay about a recent trip to Le Talbooth in Dedham. I was so pleased to have won and had never had such fine dining as I did then. I was able to share it with my best friend, mum and nanna :) It was also filmed for television too! My next amazing meal was cooked by James Martin in my own home 8 years ago! This was thanks to Richard and Judy and my broken leg and a child of 2 to look after!

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  14. A fry up breakfast whilst staying in a hotel in Bristol, where my now wife decided she'd move down to where I lived. Previously we'd been doing long distance for a year which was hell

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  15. The topics of conversation at Sunday Lunch are still memorable. We used to discuss what we'd put on our headstones, having discovered that letters were £1 each, this was to get us used to the idea that one of our grandparents had been given a terminal diagnosis but this gave us a humourous memory. I have no idea what letters cost now!

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  16. It was my first date with John, who is now my husband. I thought that we were to go out for a meal, but instead, when I arrived at his flat, he told me that he would cook for me. He made a wonderful pasta dish with fresh tomatoes, peppers, peas, garlic and onion. It was a wonderful meal and one that we've shared many times since.

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  17. My favourite food memory is as a child being 'helpful' feeding my baby sister homemade baby food (in the 90s before jar food). I wasn't getting much in as she spread it everywhere. The food ended up on the floor, the wall and oddly inside our budgie cage. :)

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  18. My nana used to make the best egg, ham and chips with crusty bread and butter I've ever tasted. Forty five years later I've still not tasted anything so good!

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  19. One of my most favourite meals was at our wedding surround by our loved ones sharing our special day we had a beautiful roast dinner with extra Yorkshire Puds and a light chocolate dessert

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  20. My favourite meal was a couple of years back when our dinner included home grown potatoes (simply boiled), peas and the tiniest of carrots. They came out of pots in the garden and were on the table in less than an hour. I don't even remember what was with it, but I remember my daugher, her partner and my then 3 year old granddaughter were there. My granddaugher had helped plant the potatoes and these were the first ones we picked, I still remember how thrilled she was at finding potatoes growing in a bag. I remember the carrot was so tiny, and I've since given up trying to grow them.My granddaughter is still excited at finding potatoes.

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  21. A meal out we had on holiday in Ibiza. A lovely little eaterie... Smashing food. Cocktails. With family in the sunshine.......

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  22. My husband trained as a chef so every meal in our house is a good one. My favourite was the first time we had Fajitas. We had them on his birthday last year, sitting in the sunshine on the 17th June - it was marvellous!

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  23. when me and my now husband decided to get married, the meal was the best steak diane in a beach front resteraunt in majorca

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  24. On a holiday in Ibiza we ventured into the Old Town part of Ibiza Town and there was a street with lots of restaurants where you eat outside, we had the most fantastic pork medallions with a tasty jus, asparagus and potatoes, it was great to sit there with a nice glass of wine and watch the world go by while enjoying such tasty food.

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  25. My special meal was in a restaurant in Brighton after me and my partner got engaged. The food wasn't even that amazing but we sat by the window, there was a pianist and we watched the world go by happily (I looked at my new ring a lot too!)

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  26. My special meal was the first Christmas Dinner I cooked for my mum,every other year we had gone to her house for Xmas dinner but I manged to persuade her to come to our house,sadly she past away a few months later and at her funeral all her friends said she had told them about coming to mine for Christmas dinner and how much she had enjoyed it.My mum was not one a great one for giving out praise so it meant the world to me

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  27. I was fortunate to win £1000 to spend at one meal (with 5 others) at Boisdales in London. We had the most amazing meal as you can imagine. The best wines, salmon starters at £25 each, the best steak, and even cigars for the men were included. It wasn't just the meal though. It was the fact that we had such a lovely time with friends and family and could treat everyone.

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  28. One of our best meals was at a pub called the Cow and the Calf on our 1st anniversary. One year before I had met my boyfriend on the Ilkley Moors by the Cow and Calf - I was the whole of 3 hours late but he waited in the snow for me , So I knew he was a keeper.

    Onto the meal - The first time I'd actually chosen to have fish for starters - I come from a very Yorkshire family with meat and veg as staples. The scallops with pea and bacon were to die for. Main meal was a trip of beef - I remember the beef shin was amazing and fondant potatoes why had I not had these before.

    Then its desert time - so glad I have found a boyfriend with a relatively large stomach and who loves pudding - Can't beat a good old sticky toffee pudding with a pot of tea.

    My boyfriend then decided to punish me for being 3 hours late on our first date and knocked the pot of tea over me - So glad it wasnt hot.

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  29. I was about 16. A group of us were at a friends house. On a table he set out a blockof cheese, a block of butter, a dish of sardines and a pile of white rolls, and we all helped ourselves. Very simple but delicious and very memorable.

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  30. My favourite meal is my mothers spaghetti bolognese. The lady who lived next door to us was Italian and taught my mum how to cook peasant style it's delicious and every time I visit home my will make it for me.

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  31. i lost my dad when i was 16 suddenly in an accident, he was an amazing cook , made the best beef curry but used to make us lamb stew with pearlbarley and dumplings, i have tried but could never recreate it , so special to me xx

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  32. Whilst travelling through Poland we ended up in a small family run restuarant where nobody spoke English and we didn't speak Polish. We couldn't understand the menu so just took pot luck at pointed at anything on the list. It turned out to be one of the most amazing meals I've ever had- wild boar with potatoes and vegetables. The people were really friendly and the food out of this world. I shall never forget that meal and has since led to several trips back over the years.

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  33. In 1990 I moved to the USA (for 17 years) prior to my move my mum had cooked an amazing farewell dinner for all the family, it was the perfect opportunity to get us all together as well. Sadly, 7 months later my mum passed away and I never got another chance to see her. I am so grateful that we had the opportunity to have a last meal all together with her before she died xx

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  34. It was definitely my wedding day dinner,we had a seafood super meal with my family and friends sitting with us at the same table and the band playing beautiful songs

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  35. I think it was my cousins wedding, the meal was amazing, soup, duck and then fudge cake. Wine was flowing and t was just a great atmosphere!

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  36. my mums roast dinners remind me of home

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  37. Eating fish and chips on the skegness seafront as a kid :)

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  38. In 2004 I won a competition which included a stay in a hotel and lunch with Katherine Jenkins. It was a lovely meal and she was very natural and friendly, turned out I used to live four days away from her aunt.

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  39. One of my special memories is a Christmas dinner with the full trimmings, when I was 18! It was my last special meal before my Dad passed away - but has lots of happy memories :)

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  40. My memory was when I was a child and we were looking after a friends dog over Christmas, we came down on Christmas morning to find the dog had got the Turkey onto the floor and eaten the breasts off it. Our Christmas dinner ended up being the sausages we were going to have with the turkey along with all the turkey trimmings, funny how its this Christmas meal I remember.

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  41. The first time I ever ate snails... I was an au pair in France in the summer between school and University and the family thought I ought to try this local delicacy. I sat frozen with the snail-laden fork in front of my face before I plucked up the courage to try it - and loved it! I even brought back a tin of snails for my family to try.

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  42. My first date with my (now) husband - I stupidly ordered spaghetti!

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  43. My most memorable meal was on the first night we moved into our new home, our furniture had not arrived, the gas and electric had not been turned on, we had our sleeping bags and fish and chips from the chip shop. It was so exiting and they were the best fish and chips I have ever eaten.

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  44. My most memorable meal was when I was in primary school. I was half-way through my packed lunch when my dad turned up and told me my baby sister had been born. I was so shocked!

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  45. My most memorable meal was a school dinner in the late 1970's, We had gooseberry crumble somehow I managed to have 6 portions cos no one else liked it. Next day I had awful tummy ache and had to be kept off school.When I told Mum what Id eaten she went down to the school to have it out with them why they would let a seven year old eat 6 portions of gooseberry crumble. It didnt kill off my love of gooseberry crumble though - I love harvesting gooseberries from my garden for a tasty crumble - makes me chuckle tho thinking of my mother on a mission!

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  46. My most memorable meal was one Christmas Day when we went out to a restaurant for dinner. We sat down for the meal at 12noon and the food didn't stop coming out all afternoon. There must have been about 15 courses of delicious food and I don't think I have ever felt so full up since.

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  47. My most memorable meal was one Christmas Day when we went out to a restaurant for dinner. We sat down for the meal at 12noon and the food didn't stop coming out all afternoon. There must have been about 15 courses of delicious food and I don't think I have ever felt so full up since.

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  48. My most memorable meal was when I cooked Sunday Roast for my flatmates during my first year as a student. It was a huge success and made my realise I was all grown up.

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  49. I once had the most wonderful paella with a friend in a busy tourist town in Spain, but for some strange reason we were the only guests in the place on that evening and the paella was the best one I ever had.

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  50. My most memorable meal was after our first child was born. The day I came home from hospital my husband cooked me moules mariniere complete with skinny fries and mayonnaise. It was delicious ;-)

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  51. One year I decided to make a surprise dinner for my husband for valentines day. I was running late and he was due home any minute. We didn't have a table so I brought the garden table in, which was plastic. I threw a table cloth over it but the cloth was creased and because I was running out of time, I had the bright idea of ironing the cloth on the table. Unfortunately the table melted and warped beneath the iron so I couldn't place my vase of flowers on it and the plates and cutlery was wonky! Dinner was lovely though :)

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  52. Ollie's bar in Anjuna, Goa. First night there it was full of young people partying and having a laugh, the service, food and drink was out of this world and we had such a great time. We though it was so good we went back on the second night, it was completely empty. Food was still good, waiters brilliant , we had a good time. Third day, yep! went back again. Arrived... place was deserted again.... we were shown to a special table which was littered with rose petals... on it a bottle of wine. The waiter brought food, wine whatever we wanted, whenever we wanted .... just before the main meal, the owner came over to the table holding a box of DVD's and asked us which one we wanted to watch tonight. We watched Titanic that night, out in the open air... crickets chirping, stars shining.... beer flowing defiantly a meal to remember my daughter was born almost 9 months later to the day :)

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  53. My favourite meal memory was when we dropped in unannounced to friends in the country, who were just having vegetables and cheese sauce for dinner. They unhesitatingly cut up more veg and grated more cheese for the sauce, and shared what they had so happily, every mouthful tasted amazing. I always think of those friends when we have veg and cheese sauce!

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  54. This past christmas dinner as 1 of my daughters told us she was engaged

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  55. My most memorable meal was for our 10th wedding anniversary. We'd saved up to go to the Fat Duck. It was as amazing as all the things that we had heard, at one point we had liquid nitrogen billowing over the table cloth & falling on our laps to reveal a beautiful dish. We had 17 courses, some tiny & some not. If we had enough cash we'd go again. It was the perfect anniversary meal, quite spectacular and the place is really quite chilled, not at all snooty. Our amazing lunch took 4 hours :)

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  56. whilst staying in a villa in Croatia the owner got some fresh fish from the local fisherman using hand nets nearby and barbecued them together with traditional vegetable salads and sauces together with local wine-------definitely made the stay memorable and so tasty in the lovely sunshine

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  57. the celebration meal after getting my degree

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  58. My favourite meal memory is paella. My boyfriend made me this dish when we'd just begun dating (over a year ago); it was the dish he cooked for me the first time I went to his apartment for dinner. It is still my favourite meal and reminds me of when we met :)

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  59. Many years ago we went to a pub in Hitcham in Suffolk and I had Chicken stuffed with prawns in a prawn sauce with new potatoes and the most amazing salad which contained all sorts of fruit and veg,

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  60. The best meal I had was two years ago when we went on my class reunion it was great to meet up with old school friends and hear about how their lifes had spanned out.

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  62. The best apple pie I ever tasted was the one my Nan made on one particular occasion, she has since passed away and I have yet ever discovered one that was anywhere as good.

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  63. My memorable meal was on a caravan holiday with friends in Wales. We were served peach melba in a Welsh restaurant with an unpronounceable name! The peach melba was made with real peaches, proper ice-cream and double cream. It was so good that I still remember it after 40 years. In fact, I have never experienced such a wonderfully satisfying and totally perfect dessert since!

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  64. my most memorable meal is the Safari Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya. My first visit to meeting my in-laws they took me here as a treat you get a hot plate in front of you and they come and slice lots of meat of different and then they have a show. My father in law loved how much I liked it that we now go back everytime

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  65. It was snowing and we took a picnic of left over Christmas turkey and some Christmas cake, and a flask of mulled wine to the beach. He proposed. A wonderful day.

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  66. Christmas dinner 2003, I was still living at home with my mum and my (heavily pregnant) sister and her partner came over to mums for Christmas dinner, had only just finished our soup starter when my sisters waters broke, so off to hospital mum, sister and her partner went leaving me to finish Christmas dinner on my own...and even worse CLEAR UP AFTERWARDS!! ha ha...was worth it all when I saw my beautiful nephew who was born on boxing day morning :)

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  67. We were just packing the last of our possessions into the moving van, when an elderly Indian lady we knew by sight, shyly came up to us to say goodbye. She plonked some bags in our arms and told us that she'd cooked us some food for the whole day We were quite overwhelmed by her gesture and ended up crying. Inside our 'lunch' and 'dinner' provision meals, were the most wonderful and filling, but very 'hot' Indian foods that made our eyes water again for a different reason! We will never forget her kindness and make sure we pop round to see her whenever we are travelling that way.

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  68. My special meal was just after my daughters optician had found swelling behind her eyes. We had been terrified as she had had to have MRI scans and all sorts of tests but they all came back clear so the following day we arranged a huge family picnic in our main town park. It was my happiest ever meal!

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  69. I was 16 and first time in love. His mother cooked for us roasted chicken, broccoli, puddings and gravy. The best I ever ate.

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  70. We had a meal on our honeymoon in The Maldives, the restaurant was underwater and all the colourful fish were swimming above us at at the side of us. It was an amazing experience

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  71. This is more of a snack than a full blown meal but it was the night of my wedding, we had had the party at home and after everyone let me and hubby made cheese on toast, loads of brown sauce and ate in bed! was fantastic

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  72. I have a memory of sitting watching my mum cooked sunday lunch and letting me have a very yummy roast potato whilst waiting for the main meal

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  73. Eating a family meal with cousins al fresco in New Zealand. It took a long time to allow children to grow up and to save the money for a 6 week trip to visit family, most of whom we had never met- but it was worth it.

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  74. We had some lovely meals when we went on a family holiday to Austria. It's been the only time we have been abroad as a family and it was a great opportunity for the kids to try lots of new things. It was also nice having everything cooked for us at the hotel as we usually go on self catering holidays

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  75. One Christmas I was invited to my then girlfriend's mums for dinner. When asked if I wanted prawn cocktail I said yes and being a non-seafood person I thought it would be like prawn cocktail crisp with some fruit salad. g/f at the time said nothing and just looked at my face. I could see she was trying so hard to not to laugh. I just said nothing and ate the lot *yuck* Will never forget that :)

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  76. When i took my friend Paul out, it wasn't somewhere posh, it was costa coffee, he had a large latte and a sandwich, i don't drink coffee so i had a diet coke and a slice of cake, it was the start of a good friendship, i would be lost without him

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  77. The first time I went out for a meal without my parents - I was 16 & my now husband (11 years on) later took me to a nice restaurant on a first date - I still remember the butterflies!

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  78. FAVOURITE MEAL MEMORY IS MY 21ST BIRTHDAY IN HOSPITAL WHILE NURSES AND DOCS STOP LABOUR ME AND MY MUM SHARED A CHINESE TAKEAWAY LOL MAKES ME LASUGH EVERYTIME I THINK ABOUT IT XX

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  79. My dad decided to get an allotment and grow organic food.
    When his harvest came in, we cooked it up with bratwurst at the allotment.
    It was a great day .. even if some of his produce was a bit weeny.

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  80. My best friends leaving meal when she moved to oz 7 years ago, the local curry house which was her favorite.

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  81. I was lucky enough to be in Monte Carlo for a couple of days, and eating breakfast at the hotel, outside, by the pool, with the sun rising over the Med, is my idea of heaven!

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  82. My daughter cooked a meal for my husband and me when she was 13 as she wanted us to have a romantic meal. It was not the best cooked meal but made which such thoughtfulness that we loved it.

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  83. A Special Meal was Christmas Day Tea in 1960. We had the usual Cold cuts, Salad, Christmas Cake and Cheese. When the gorgeous Trifle was brought in and placed on the table was the moment I will never forget. The light bulb fell out of the ceiling light into the trifle exploding into thousands of bits. No firework display will ever top that!

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  84. My dad's retirement meal was very special. We gave him giftwrapped presents to mark the end of an era for him and the beginning of a much more leisurely era!

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  85. My daughter and I had not spoken for 2 years due to a terrible disagreement and we had always been really close. It had been so upsetting and one day she rang me and asked to meet me and she had arranged a three course meal in a lovely Hotel and an Overnight stay. It was so nice and it was as if the two awful years had never happened.

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  86. The first meal my son cooked me after moving out of home into his new one. It was lovely : )

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  87. Christmas dinner 2004 , turkey with all the trimmings, when part way through I was shown a picture and asked to find the peanut. Peanut, my first grandchild is now 8 :)

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  88. We love to travel and the memory that sticks in my mind most is having afternoon tea while travelling down the Nile in Egypt it was our first day and we were on our honeymoon and sitting eating finger sandwiches and sipping tea just watching the fields slowly go by with donkeys pulling carts and camels being ridden along the banks we could have been explorers in the early 2oth century looking for the valley of the kings it was amazing and i will never forget it.

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  89. My birthday celebrations at the park in raddison in Glasgow, it was my first time of being in a luxury hotel, my boyfriend arranged it behind my back and i had the best time!

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  90. When I visited my aunt in 1970s(still no electricity) used to have a seating of 12 people and choice of 3 roasts ona asunday

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  91. 29th February my wife (then Girlfriend) made me a wonderful Paella and after the meal, she proposed to me! I had to accept - she's a wonderful cook!

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  92. I remember going to Massachutsetts everywhere we went the food was lovely but one eveing we we went to Legal Seafoods and had lobster the atmoshere was fabulous and the seafood amazing. It was one one of the best times of my life.

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  93. has to be our wedding 'breakfast' Wanting to avoid the traditional roast we went for bangers and mash,,,albeit posh bangers n mash with venison beef pork and vege bangers it still went down a treat with kids , mums , dads and grandparents :)

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  94. My most memorable meal was when little and we went on holiday to North Wales camping, we would have dinner in a small restaurant and always had trout and almonds with salad. I loved those holidays of nature and being outdoors. Dad would take me hiking up the mountain where we would watch salmon jump the falls. In the evening we would have a camp fire and we would roast the cob nuts that we picked off the trees..wonderful times.

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  95. i had a fantastic meal with my other half at the weekend in a restaurant called 'the case'. Thi was the first time we have been out together without our sons in over 3 years!!!! Definitely a celebration in itself, and probably the first meal i have eaten that was still warm when i ate it since they were born haha

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  96. My memorable meal is a Summer BBQ on the beach with friends. It was the perfect temperature and we had a BBQ for fish and also vegetable kebabs with Haloumi cheese. The children built a small fire from driftwood and toasted marshmallows on skewers and we all watched the sun go down.

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  97. Every single sunday dinner at my nan & granddads house when I was younger. It was always so tasty, with fresh veg I helped my granddad pick from the garden that morning and the meal I helped my nan make. Every Sunday a whole mixture of family, cousins uncles, aunts, great uncles and aunts would be there. Sunday Dinners are always my warmest childhood memories & I try to continue the tradition with my children now my grandparents have sadly passed away. x
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  98. I think my most memorable meal was whilst staying on France for a friend's wedding. On the wedding eve a small group of friends who hadn't seen each other in several years enjoyed the most wonderful meal. The setting was amazing, under the stars in a former stable courtyard, and food was exceptional. On the journey back to the hotel we had to walk through thousands of moths that had collected over the bridge. It was a somewhat surreal end to a perfect night.

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  99. my special memory was helping out my dad set up his allotment when i was 10

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  100. I wasn't at this meal - before I agreed to marry my husband I made him take my daughters and best friend out for a meal so they could interview him - knowing I was a poor picker. One off the questions they asked was whether he peed standing up. Apparently he answered in "I walk in, and I walk out".

    He passed, we celebrate our tenth anniversary this year

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  101. My husband decided to cook a romantic meal for me when we started going out it has always been the most memorable, he made French onion soup and to this day we have no idea how he made it taste so awful there was an inch of grease on the top and tasted like yuck. The steak was half cooked and the mushrooms well they turned to rubber we still talk about that meal to this day glad to say after 23 years he can warm up things ;) may not be the best romantic meal but he tried so hard :)

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  102. McDonalds meal when I was 16 and told I could leave the council care home I was in.

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  103. melanie betteridge26 February 2014 at 14:14

    a chinese takeaway after spending xmas in hospital after breaking my hip

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  104. My families summer BBQ's hols so many happy memories, but the one that stood out is the unveiling of my uncles home built bbq..................... he was happy cooking away when the grill collapsed!!!!! it turned out he used plastic wall plugs!!!!! which had melted.... we had our BBQ grilled inside

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  105. Eating a baguette whilst walking through the Christmas market on the champs Élysées! It doesn't get much better than that!

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  106. My most memorable meal was when me and my boyfriend moved into our first home together. The only furniture we had was a couple of donated sofas. No fridge, nothing. We ordered in a takeaway pizza and sat on the sofa in the middle of a bare living room eating and feeling overwhelmed by the task ahead. It was a happy time with simple things

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  107. My nanna's roast dinner on a Sunday. I remember salivating with the thought of it as a child, walking up her drive-away and knowing every time it was going to be the best roast dinner ever. Nobody has matched hers yet. It reminds me of fond times with my family.

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  108. My Husband toook me on a surprise trip to vegas amazing we ate in the most amazing steak restaurant just amazing we still go on about that steak!

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  109. My memory is of a family breakfast, my son Michael was learning his lines for the nursery Christmas 'do' I had been teaching him them for weeks and he could not get the hang of it. I was a bit slow prompting him and his younger (16 months) brother came out with the whole 5 lines. We were gobsmacked and fell about laughing. Michael was great on the day.

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  110. My fav meal is in Australia, Im Australan myself but only get to go home every couple of years to see my family (Mum, Dad and brothers) its hard when you have children and expensive! So when I do get to go home, there is nothing better than having the whole family around eating a good ol Australian BBQ! You honestly cant beat an Aussie BBQ!!!!

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  111. A meal I remember vividly was Christmas lunch when I was very, very pregnant with my son. We were afraid to cook a turkey in case we had to head to the hospital so we had ham with all the trimmings.

    Hazel Rea - @beachrambler

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  112. On my 21st birthday my family and I were in Phuket, Thailand. We had spend the day at Phi Phi Island, the infamous 'beach' from the movie of the same name. We then went back to Phuket island and had a wonderful meal served at a private table on the beach whilst watching the sunset. It was amazing.

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  114. tobys proud mummy toys26 February 2014 at 22:28

    A special meal for me to always remember was meeting my in laws for the first time they served a lovely buffet spread for us full of lovely goodies and some of my favourites like prawns drizzled with lime and smoked salmon and angus beef burgers and with my plate piled not too high (just to show I wasnt too greedy lol ) I left the buffet table and walked smack bang into the conservatory window which I thought was straight through hit my head the plate on the floor and the lovely meal well everywhere.. Oh how I wanted the floor to swallow me up never mind swallow my delicious food although my mother in law did give me a piece of lemon drizzle cake later to calm me down xxx now when we go over its always mentioned at every christmas birthday celebration mind that door heheheehe

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  115. My Mothers 70th Birthday Party a lovely family get-together for an Italian meal.

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  116. my daughter took me to the fat duck for mothers day it was unforgetable

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  117. The first time I had spaghetti bolognese was when I was taken to a restaurant with my Italian cousins who were visiting from their country. As I clumsily picked up the spaghetti with my fork the whole plate of it fell onto my white dress

    Natalie Gillham

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  118. I have also liked on facebook and am following and tweeted on Twitter - Natalie Gillham , and following on Google Friend Connect as Twiddle Dee

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  119. Chicken and white sauce pastry slices, the first thing i ever cooked on my own :)

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  120. My most memorable meal was my wedding day meal in NZ we had giant spare ribs (Like something from the Flintstones at Marsden estate winery in Kerikeri. It was so lovely because all the family (and hubby) were there, the sun was shining and we were surrounded by grapevines... (and vino)

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  121. One of the first meals I cooked for my hubby - boeuf bourguignon - I had bought a good bottle of burgundy wine and invited a female work colleague, whilst hubby was bringing a pal. I was cooking at his house, as I was starting to stay over quite a lot. My 'friend' decided to take herself off for a bath with the bottle of wine - the 'stew' as it became without the wine was tough as old boots and the friend got sozzled and wandered out of the bath with just a towel, which promptly slipped off, just as both chaps arrived for food. Not a succesful evening really but the fellas were rather amused.

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  122. My favorite meal is where my Grans made the meal around the produce from her garden. She would make a roast beef with her famous onion gravy (Onions from her garden). Grans would serve it over rice... the only time I would even think of eating rice. :) Then her lovely tomatoes grown in the lovely Florida soil that were peeled, sliced and placed on a pretty platter. Next was the peas she grew, Crowder peas that she cooked slowly for this meal. Lastly was the fresh creamed corn she has grown in the garden as well. To finish it all off she would make her famous butter cake with chocolate fudge frosting sprinkled with chopped pecans. The best meal ever because Grans had prepared the meal from her garden. So many lovely memories of growing up and meals at Grans. I Love my Grans and Miss her so. :)

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  123. My favourite meal memory was a meal in an Italian with my husband and he proposed

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  124. My most memorable meal - many years ago - was in a village called Marudi in the Sarawak jungle. My husband and I had taken a boat trip up the river to get there, and were staying at the Government Rest House, which did not serve food, so we went to a small Chinese food stall in the village. There was no English menu, of course, and all we could manage to say in Malay was "Food please - no fish". We were given a wonderful stir fry of pork with cherry tomatoes, rice and cold beer, and sat beneath the trees listening to the cicadas and enjoying the warm fresh (post rain!) evening air. We finished the meal with a whole green orange each. It only cost a few Ringgit and is an evening we will never forget.

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  125. In the school dinner hall I was forced to sit next to a girl that was my worst enemy. I remember that day as if it was yesterday. We really did detest each other, but over time we gradually began to get to know each other and before long we became inseparable. Thirty years later and we're still best friends. In fact, I can't stop... I'm meeting her for lunch! x

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  126. My most memorable meal was at The Stardust Diner in New York a few years ago. The place is amazing as it is staffed by jobbing Broadway singers hoping to break into the big time. The have mikes and stand on the tables singing to a wonderful backing track. when we walked in they were playing 'My Girl' (by the Temptations). It was like walking onto a stage and it was sensational. They sing throughout the evening and they do expect a decent tip but it is well worth it. There is nowhere else like it and if you go there you will not be disappointed. However, I can't even remember what we ate, the music was so good.

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  127. My most recent meal was the first one taking over living with and looking after my 93 year old Grandma, 18 months ago this week, as my Mum was too ill to care for her. Granny cooked so often for me as a child, always wonderful homely food, she gave me a real passion for cooking and gardening. I made her favourite Lancashire Hotpot, she is a Lancashire lass, she said as she tucked in, its like he Mum used to make and how safe she now felt, just like when her Mum cared for her. It was a very poignant moment for me.

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  129. lemon drizzle as it was my nan who taught me the recipe when i was little x

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  130. A meal I can remember was chicken in red wine sauce. Cooked for me then aged 14 and my sister 12 by Mum and Dad to announce after a long gap between us both that we were about to have a new brother or sister (was a sister). I can still taste it now and remember the excitement

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  131. I have lovely memories of Sunday roast dinners cooked by my late mother in law. She was a wonderful cook and made delicious cakes. Unfortunately I don't take after her!

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  132. Maria Jane Knight27 February 2014 at 14:51

    We were holidaying in Tsilivi,Greece and visited a traditional little greek tavern. There I had a delicious Beef Stifado with rosemary potatoes and vegetables straight from the resturants allotment. We walked along the beah that night an my fiancé got down on one knee and proposed.

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  133. I think it is a meal out with my family for my brother's fortieth birthday which I think of first. It was a fab day and the food was delicious! My bro and his family now live 200 miles away and meals together are not as easy to enjoy! Their decision to move took four years and I'm glad they did it as they would have always wondered 'what if?' but I do miss seeing my bro several times a week!

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  134. I always remember a bacon dinner i had as a child it was my favourite and i always used to clean my plate

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  135. When I was little my dad had a brain tumor, his recovery was very slow and he spent almost a year in hospital. To begin with they used to just allow his home on Saturday afternoons to spend time with us and re-introduce him into the house. The first time he came home my mum made a lovely carrot & lentil soup. To this day all the family still turn to this soup as a comfort food and to remind us when were feeling down that things get better.

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  136. My most memorable meal was a gorgeous country pub for valentines day not long after i first met my now husband! We sat by a roaring fire and had the most beautiful meal ever, for dessert they brought out a heart shaped chocolate one called nuts about you lol i never forget that. It must have worked as we are still together 18 years on!

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  137. I remember my mums 70th..the whole family was there in a wonderful hotel, and it was a complete surprise, with family she had not seen for ages there. I remember we had kidney soup...sounds strange but it was lovely

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  138. I was on a coach holiday in Italy with friends and ate Tomato and Mozzarello salad followed by Swordfish overlooking The Bay of Naples. Bliss
    Vanessa.humphries@hotmail.co.uk

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  139. Trying to think of an amazing meal, but only can think of my grandparents anniversary :)

    @jamiecomps

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  140. We took my mum out to tell her we were pregnant, was a lovely shock for her as, she was our little honeymoon surprise baby.

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  141. Eating fish & chips from harry Ramsdens in Bournemouth after returning to the UK from living in Germany, I was very unwell and ever so greateful to be back on English soil, with my family where I belong and looking forward to the future

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  142. I have great memories of a meal I had in France with my Mum, Dad and one of my brothers. The rest of my siblings were flying over in a day or two's time, whereas we were driving down the country because my Mum hates flying! We ate at a small village restaurant with a chef who had worked in a michelin starred restaurant previously and the food was the best I've ever eaten in my life. It was made even better by the fact that it was just me, my parents and one brother (I'm one of five) because we're not usually such a small party and it was nice for a change!

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  143. Sorry, forgot to put my name!

    Louise Ofield - @ftffund

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  144. Mine was visit in an elderly relative and being fed pease pudding and ham on stottie bread, utterly amazing! winfielddebs@yahoo.co.uk

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  145. mine has to be when we were eating dinner a few months ago and i got a phone call to say that my brother had gone into hospital as they had found a doner kidney for him after waiting for over a year for his transplant :-)

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  146. my grandad always used to make us a double decker sandwich - a baguette with 2 slits in, in top layer cheese & salad, n bottom layer lots of different meats

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  147. full roast lamb dinner reminds me of my granddad

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  148. my daughters birthday meal in an family owned fabulous little greek restaurant where the food was fresh healthy and devine. The staff were so attentive and made a fuss of my daughter when bringing out her cake and cocktail

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  149. The first meal out after moving out of my parents house. I didnt have a cooker yet so me and my parents went hunting for a good pub and stumbled across a beautiful inn and we had such a nice meal. I was so excited about moving but knew I would miss them.

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  150. My husband tried to propose in a pizza restaurant but because they got our order wrong and brought us double the amount of pizzas he couldn't lean across the table. So, he proposed in the car park. I still love pizza and still love him!

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  151. best meal was whilst with our best friends celebrating joint 40th wedding anniversaries travelling in New Zealand, stopped off and purchased a salmon from a road & lake side stall, carried on and parked up the camper van on a near deserted lakeside site, told the manager what we were doing, he offered to cook the salmon for us, he coated it in brown sugar and baked it in his outside oven. he presented it to us a while later and wow - tasted fantastic - with that, the bottle of bubbly and great company - cannot get any better

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  152. A meal I remember is when I was 16 and had my first weeks wages, took my little sister to a restaurant and I treated her to Steak n kidney pie, mash & veg, it was awesome, It was a simple meal however it was delicious and wonderful knowing I could treat my little sister with my money I had worked for.

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  153. My fave meal was when I had my first Baby. he was in special care Christmas day and being too tired to cook a neighbour came round with 2 Christmas lunches and pudding. Made me cry so thoughtful

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  154. Christmas 2012, my first Christmas meal away from home because of work. I spent the day with my best friend Manon and we ate Xmas lasagne and shivered in the living room watching Muriel's Wedding. We had great fun even though we were so homesick.

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  155. My most memorable meal is when my boyfriend (now husband), came home and told me to get all dressed up as he was taking me out for dinner. We pulled up at this absolutely amazing 5* hotel in the country and had the most amazing food. After the main course, and before dessert, he got down on one knee in front of the entire restaurant (which was pretty full!) and proposed! I was totally shocked and a blubbering wreck!

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  156. I will always remember a fantastic Argentinian meal with my future wife on our first date. Superb beef cooked over the asado.

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  157. Our first meal in our first home together, we had no furniture or cutlery but we were so excited that we moved in straight away. We ate curry and used the naan breads to scoop it up, we sat on the floor eating it, we were so happy :)

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  158. Mine was the boiled egg and soldiers made for me after our baby was born, I'd missed dippy egg so much!

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  159. On a weekend away in Inverness we popped into a local pub for a meal, not expecting much. We were stunned to receive heaped plates of locally sourced, perfectly cooked food, the nicest meal i've ever had x

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  160. A meal at a fairly local restaurant, Aumbry in Prestwich, for my 40th birthday. The food was fantastic

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  161. When i first met my hubs we went back to his house as friends ditched us. He was pretty poor and nipped down to the local co-op to buy dinner. I brought home some bread, a quiche, some ham and some salad. I didnt realise at the time but he got whatever reduced stuff he could to make the meal. He laid out candles and picked me up some flowers (reduced also) and opened a tin of custard and peaches for afters. We wasnt dating or anything but the effort he made was nice. We got together 5 months later and have now been together for nearly 5 years. Every 9th december he makes the same meal, buys me the same flowers and we just chat. Its such a special memory.

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  162. my best meal memory is a traditional spaghetti Bolognese as its what I had straight after I was proposed to!

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  163. @Auntygeek (Twitter)

    I set up a surprise picnic in the living room for my partner as we couldn't afford to go out to eat. It was a birthday surprise and I'd created a menu with homecooked meals that I would cook - it went down a treat :)

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  164. a meal i had with my dad and kids to celebrate getting out of an awful marriage and moving house on my own, it was only a roast dinner at a pub but it was the last meal i had with my dad before he passed away.

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  165. I wrote this poem about the perils of organic gardening, love on valentines day and a special meal for a special lady......

    So what was the cause of the cress’s distress?
    And what made the curly kale wail?
    The stout brussels sprout shouted “please leave me out!”
    To the overgrown ravenous snail

    They all had a hunch he would munch them for lunch
    And hoped the gardener was hot on his trail
    They would one day be dinner but not for this sinner
    No, not for the ravenous snail

    A bold courgette, declared “do not fret!”
    “There’s a reason his incursion will fail”
    “The gardener, in time, will detect the slime
    Of this overgrown ravenous snail”

    A haricot bean pleaded “don’t be so mean”
    And hoped that his prayer would prevail
    But now at full power of 0.1 mph
    Came the charge of the ravenous snail

    This startling pace made endives embrace
    He was coming up fast on the rail
    The once sturdy carrot felt as sick as a parrot
    In the wake of the ravenous snail

    But here comes the gardener, will he be the snails pardoner?
    Or squish him under his boot
    “They’re not yet full grown, so go find your own
    This ‘eres my veg & fruit!”

    He lifted the snail, dropped him into his pail
    But his kind eyes twinkled like jewels
    “Tis’ valentines day, what more can I say?
    It turns us all into fools”

    “Now, we both love our veg but this side of the hedge
    Is a snail free zone don’t you see?”
    “So you stick to your side and I’ll stick to mine
    And that way I’ll let you stay free”

    Well, this rule never stuck, it was the snails’ tragic luck
    That the Gardner was Gallic you see
    So the snail was served with garlic and herbs
    For the Gardeners wife’s Valentine’s tea!

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  166. We were traveling with backpacks and had been out of the UK for 3 months, the last week of this being in Morocco where the food was awful, We had enough and hopped the ferry to Gibraltar, the first place we found to eat was a fish and chip restaurant. I didn't know how much I missed fish and chips with mushy peas. We just sat there smiling all the way through. I think of that every time I go to the chippy for a meal.

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  167. We had our first Christmas at home together this last Christmas (we usually go to family) and I cooked roast duck and all the 'trimmings' ... it was just lovely to have a relaxed Christmas meal just the two of us :-)

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  168. I had something important to tell my husband so I waited until we sat down for our Sunday roast and told him we were having our first child. He was speechless and extremely happy. I wish I had taken a photo at the time to remember his face it was such a huge smile.

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  169. It's simply sat on a bench on the beach front, eating chips with my children. That memory and that feeling will stay with me forever.

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  170. my husband had never been out for a meal in a restaurant until he met me, its always made him really uncomfortable for some strange reason. I drag him out when I can and make him try all kinds of food hes never had before, shared on twitter as @lillyfer85 and following on gfc :)

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  171. I went to Las Iguanas with work colleagues as I was leaving to travel and my first stop was South America. I thought I'd only be away for maybe 6 months at the most but it turned out to be almost two years and a total of 12 countries around the world. Funny enough I've ended up working back at the same place but with a different job and as a very different person :-)

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  172. The very very best and probably the simplest meal I have ever had was the tea and toast that I was given just after giving birth to my daughter. Nothing before and nothing since has tasted so sublime.

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  173. My 10 year old grandson cooking me breakfast....toast, beans, egg and tomato...

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  174. I always thought I didn't like sausages but then I tried sausages with mash potato and I have never looked back

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  175. Yesterday, my mum and I had a wonderful afternoon tea with champagne, cakes etc with Twiggy. She was amazing and we talked a lot about food and culture. It was so much fun.

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  176. Loved breakfast on the beach during our honeymoon on Mauritius. We mean to take our son back there to experience it too.

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  177. When my daughter cooked her first dinner for us, she was sixteen at the time and had learn to cook casserole at school, so thought se would do it for us at home, after rescuing the burn dish (which she put on the hob instead of the oven) we had a lovely meal all be it a bit burnt in places, however there was lots of laughter and now she's older and wiser and a really good cook

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  178. My then-boyfriend was a struggling student, and our dates were usually frugal but fun-filled affairs. Then in February he shyly told me he had booked us a meal out at our local Italian restaurant for valentine's day. It was packed with couples, and we sat ourselves down to eat, breathing in all the lovely savoury scents, and feeling very decadent. It was a set meal, two courses, and we ate skate wings with pizzaeola sauce - something neither of us had ever tried before - followed by a classic tiramisu, always a favourite. Everything was gorgeously tasty and perfectly cooked. We drank our house wine from a carafe, and it felt so very sophisticated! It was the most romantic thing anyone had done for me, and I thought it was probably the best evening of my life. Then, just when I thought he was getting fidgety cos he wanted to leave, my now-husband reached out and held my hand, and asked me if I would marry him! He even had a little ring box which he offered me, and I opened it wonderingly ... Inside was a yellow plastic ring from a cracker!!!! He hastened to tell me that one was only temporary!!! That was 15 years ago this year, and we have been married now for coming up to 14 years.

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  179. Picnic on a bench opposite a church with my friend when I was a teenager. We rode there on a sunny Sunday morning and I still remember it fondly. Cheese buttys and an orange juice never tasted so good.

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  180. One of my favourite meals was eating the fish in Tokyo, Japan, in the fishing harbour area - really FRESH FISH off the boats

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