Whats The Story? Bulls Milk! 7/10/13

I visited my step-sister and her DH in the West Midlands recently. We enjoyed a lovely meal out and I drank one, or maybe two small glasses of wine. Hang on, did I say glasses? OK, my step-sis and I shared one or two (or three) bottles of wine so next morning I woke in her spare bedroom with a mouth like the proverbial budgie cage. (after 7 pregnancies during which I avoided drinking at all, my capacity to cope with alcohol is about the same as a 12 year old!)

I lurched down the stairs in the morning in search of caffeine and bleary-eyed I opened the fridge and found that Midland's staple - sterilised milk.

Also known as "stera" or bull's milk it has a unique taste, not unlike Carnation condensed milk. I had totally forgotten about its existence until I saw it in the fridge.

So many happy memories are tied up with bull's milk for me  as even though we didn't actually drink it in my house, some of my favourite people in the world  have made me endless beverages with the sterilised milk tang to it and I remember seeing crates of the narrow glass bottles during trips to the newsagent to choose my 10p mix-up. To me it's the taste of home, my roots, my origins.

It's a silly thing but drinking my cuppa this weekend with added "stera" made my day.

I'm not sure if it really is just a Midland thing - I've not seen it on sale in Hertfordshire where I now live. Does anyone else remember it - or still drink it?

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  1. What a wonderful story Afra. I love that a bit of 'stera' made your day, must be great to have so many memories attached to it. I grew up in Hertfordshire, don't remember it although I do remember Carnation - flashback! Thank you so much for sharing with #whatsthestory

  2. Don't have it in Wilts (as far as I'm aware), and guessing it's not the same as Buffalo milk (which I have seen in Hertfordshire)! Carnation milk and coffee made with evaporated milk some thing I'll always associate with Mexico...funny how food/drink can transport you back!

  3. Love this - we don't have stera but this post just reminded me of my nan and when we used to visit she always had particular brands of food that you just didn't buy normally - made me feel really nostalgic - thanks hun x

  4. Interesting! I don't recognised it. Don't think we have it in Gloucestershire. Funny how little things can take us back.

  5. Never heard of it but I've never lived in the midlands, makes for a great post though!


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