Due to all that has been happening in the USA and the world today with regards the coronavirus and what we have been experiencing over the past few days, I thought I would just sit down at my computer and ramble on writing whatever dribble comes to mind.

One thing that seems to pop into my head more often than it usually does is food. It is amazing to me how when we need to be careful about our provisions and how  we should sort of ration what and when we eat due to not knowing when we will get to replenish them, the thought of food seems ever present on my mind.

What to do, what to do, what to do? Rather than eat, I decided to pick a subject – say – Food – and write about it for my next Rant and Raving on Lakeland Musings by Irwin. My next thought was – “what type of food shall I write about? You will never guess what I came up with. Okay – some of you that have been following my rants and raves probably would.

I got to thinking about some of the wild and crazy things people eat. But after doing some research, I must admit that while some of the things are actually wild and crazy things to eat – several of which I myself would not even consider eating, others are interesting and if one can get by the name, would probably be somewhat tasty.

Let’s take a walk on the wild side and look at some of the crazy names given to some of the foods eaten today both here and abroad.

One that we Americans know and love (well, some of us) is SPAM. Many of us know that Spam is a brand of canned cooked pork made by Hormel Foods Corporation and has been around since 1937. Spam’s basic ingredients are pork with ham meat added, salt, water, modified potato starch (as a binder), and sodium nitrite (as a preservative). Let’s face it – once we get by the name, it is quite tasty, especially if fried.

I don’t know how many of you reading this like eggs, but I discovered that there is such a thing as a coddled egg. At first I thought who in their right mind would want to cuddle with an egg? Then I realized the word was coddled. All it means is that the egg is lightly steamed in an egg coddler. I know, now you want to know what is a coddled egg? A coddled egg is an egg that is gently cooked whole in a small dish that’s placed in a hot water bath. Some might use what are known as coddling cups-ceramic cups with screw-on lids.

Ready for a trip across the water? We now go across to the UK and try something called Bubble & Squeak. I won’t even begin to picture what some of you might be picturing in your minds regarding this weirdly named dish but know that it is fried left-over veggies.

I could go on and on as there are several more unusual named meals that I could share with you but let us discuss one more meal from the UK named Clootie Dumplings? Let me explain the word “Clootie” for you and once you understand that, perhaps you might consider trying it next time you are in the UK. The word “Clootie” refers to a piece of cloth or leather. Think of it as a strip of fabric which holds within it a “dumpling” – a dessert pudding made of sweet stuff, like dough, dried fruits and sugar. See, that wasn’t so bad was it?

Okay, this piece may have enabled me to satisfy my desire to write while in “Lockdown,” but it has also stifled my appetite. I mean, let’s face it, I do not want to cuddle with any eggs anytime soon even if it might make me bubbly and squeaky. Nor do I want to look for any Clooties.

All I want to do now that I have written my piece is to sit down and have some Oreo cookies and a glass of milk!

Until next time!

7 thoughts on “Wild and Crazy Thoughts!

  1. Ha ha ha ha I have eaten all of them with the exception of the Cootie one. And I love bubble and squeak. My mother used to make it. Have you ever had poutine? Cheese curds on french fries. Trust me it’s really good! I think you had a wonderful rant. I for one enjoy it.

  2. Hey I remember Spam! It’s not around here anymore but my dad used to fry it up on occasion. Of course he would eat almost anything. Some of the things he’d eat would gross us kids to almost gagging. One of which was “Head Cheese!” If the name itself doesn’t gag your imagination, the look of it and the ingredients will take you all the way there.
    If you happen to be eating while reading this, I strongly advise you finish your meal first before reading on.
    Head Cheese, at least the kind my grandmother would make for dad, is eaten cold, made from pig’s feet (some actual hairs still attached.) The meat is set in a clear meat gelatin that jiggles like jelly when served. Whether it actually had pieces of cheese in it, I don’t know? I never got close enough to see. Nor wanted too!
    But the craziest thing I ever ate, was Chocolate covered ants! Back when I was a kid. Just one or two to try and Yep, you guessed it — brought home by my dad. God rest his Soul!

    1. We called Head Cheese “Pigs Feet Jelly” made with Tripe. Never had Chocolate covered ants. We still have Spam here but don’t eat it. Glad I brought some memories back ….I think!

  3. Fried spam. Now there’s a nod to my childhood. That was a staple in our home while I was growing up.

    I loved it as a kid, but thankfully, I haven’t had it since. Processed meats and I parted ways a LONG time ago.

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