[Sca-cooks] Military cooking, was Re: OT: Veracity of Entertainment Sources

James Davis firedrake at earthlink.net
Mon Mar 31 09:05:08 PDT 2008

Oh, NOW you've gone and done it - you made me HUNgry at this hour of  
the morning.

Mind you, after six days in Birmingham and three different BBQ  
restaurants and a whole bunch of home cookin', I shouldn't be hungry  
for another month or so . . .

I'd forgotten about Schwenkbraten -- we had a motor pool worker -- a  
German civilian -- who'd set up one of those wrought-iron tripod  
things like we got you for camping outside the motor pool over hot  
coals and make that stuff.  Oh . . . mein . . . gott!

Now I'm going to have to work it up here, or maybe for a camping  
event . . .

On Mar 31, 2008, at 7:58 AM, Susan Fox wrote:

> James Davis wrote:
>> On Mar 31, 2008, at 7:38 AM, Susan Fox wrote:
>> [snip]
>>> Um... food content... the guy who played the mess hash slinger  
>>> wrote a
>>> cookbook, SECRETS OF THE M*A*S*H MESS, but it was really not Army  
>>> food
>>> by any means, just a hook to hang a cookbook on.  I salute the poor
>>> military members worldwide who happen to be "foodies" and have to  
>>> live
>>> with the very opposite of what they want to be eating.
>>> Selene
>> When I was in Germany, we were lucky in that the mess halls and the  
>> O-
>> club had local German cooks, who would throw out the "planned menus"
>> the Army commissary service suggested and do whatever they pleased!
>> It was WONderful.  1st Support Brigade had the best chow hall in
>> Europe, I think.
>> Jared
>> (remembering spiessbraten in the messhall)
> Spiessbraten?  Son, that's just down-home Idar-Oberstein barbecue, I  
> bet
> all the Southern boys loved that!
> Did I show you this web site? The path of this dish is fascinatingly
> convoluted.  Not SCA time period, but interesting anyway.
> http://www.kitchenproject.com/kpboard/recipes/SpiessbratenSchwenkbraten.htm
> You were lucky that no stickler for regulations made your German cooks
> stick with the planned menus.  That could have been Sad.
> I seem to recall Lord Jean-Paul's stories about the Philippino cooks  
> in
> his part of the world, who agreed to cook the lobsters that the Navy
> Divers brought up as long as they could take half.  Whew, sounded  
> steep
> but the divers agreed.  Turned out, the half they wanted were the
> lobster heads, while the American boys wanted the nice meaty tails and
> not so much of the "bug parts."  Happy compromise for all.
> What was that song?  "The Navy gets the gravy but the Army gets the
> beans!" o/ o/ o/
> Selene
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