Five Childhood Food Memories You Miss. OK, or I miss.
1) Smoked Oysters. Usually packed in cottonseed oil or soy oil, they're no longer on my OK list. But my dad was a Navy guy. ("Navy": Word derived from the Old Saxon "naphaugh," meaning "cocktail parties every night.") Our larder was stocked with booze, mixers, and canapes. Off limits to my brother and me. So we developed a superstitious affinity for smoked oysters, and were usually allowed one taste, on a wooden toothpick, per can opened to appease the happy-hour crowds that gathered at our house often.
2) Tuna Casserole. Made from creepy, oil-packed, undistinguished canned brown tuna shreds. Layered with Campbell's mushroom soup and a whole bag of potato chips. The chips turned into soggy "potatoes." Ooh, salty. I loved that stuff. My mom could get me to do anything for that dinner.
3) Hunter's Eggs. This is actually special. It was a recipe from one of those spiral-bound community cookbooks of the 60s. And it was rather sophisticated. A kind of Welsh Rarebit -- melted cheese, sauteed mushrooms and onions, Worcestershire sauce and curry powder, cream (!), and eggs poached in the whole mess -- broken up into pillowy chunks at the last minute, and the whole stew served over toast. I've asked Mom for the recipe, and will attempt it soon.
4) Teriyaki Chicken Skewers. Beef, too. I lived in Hawaii as a kid, and feasts often included these satay-like delicacies threaded on bamboo and barbecued over coals. Still haven't found anything like them.
5) Oh, this is a "You Had To Be There." Li Hing Mui. Hawaiian cracked seed from Lick Yee company (or was it Yick Lee? I was young; I forget). In this case, white plum, cured with saccharine, licorice and salt. If I was feeling particularly adventurous, I'd skip the sweet ones and go straight for the "salty seeds," which could really put a pucker on my helehelena. I'd buy them in little cellophane bags from vendors on the beach for about 25 cents. I think they're close to a dollar an ounce now.
(Now I'm supposed to add this part, and I screwed it up yesterday and published without changing the names, so the list is now amended.)
Choose 4 bloggers to tag (none of whom are obliged to take part):
1. dr. biggles at MeatHenge
2. rae at BunnyFoot
3. Jennifer at The Novato Experiment
4. Greg at Life's a Picnic
Now, remove the blog at #1 from the following list and bump every one up one place; add your blog's name in the #5 spot; link to each of the other blogs for the desired effect.
1. Tasca Da Elvira/Tarzile.com
2.Pumpkin Pie Bungalow
3.Once Upon a Feast
4. Belly Timber
5.I'm Mad and I Eat
I don't know what effect that will have, but I'm playing by the rules.