All Scrappled Out

Whew.

Sorry for the delay. This scrapple business is kicking my butt. I’ve got piles of information on scrapple, and after learning its other names I’m going to end up with piles more.

I’ll break the post up into parts. I have yet to know how many parts there will be, but I anticipate at least two. Easier reading that way.

In the meantime, check this out:

Keep eating and asking, my friends.

Esther

Gearing Up For ScrappleFest 2011.

It’s almost here.

Tomorrow from 10am to 4pm, Scrapple will take over Reading Terminal Market. Weak of heart, be warned. Here’s a description of what’s goin’ on. And here’s a picture of two of the victims:

Welcome to ScrappleFest 2011, ladies*

/photoshop’d

In other news, I hit the Book Jackpot. It was a little bit magical. If you like research and you’ve hit the Book Jackpot before, you’ll understand what I mean when I say I giggled with excitement.

HIGH FIVE!

I’m off to take copious notes and begin writing. I’ll be sure to post pictures tomorrow and let you know how my first time (with Scrapple) went.

Keep eating and asking, my friends.

Esther

 

 

*Did you catch that Buffy reference? Well good for you, showoff.

Something Meaty This Way Comes

Baker E, of Flying Monkey Bakery in Reading Terminal Market, Pumpple Cake, and Food Network fame, stopped by Green Aisle today to drop off Whoopie Pies.

nom nom nom

She informed me that Scrapplefest at Reading Terminal is coming up this Saturday. She suggested, in celebration of something I am terrified to eat, I write a bit about scrapple. While I had originally planned to do my next post of Purim with many pictures of these:

noym noym noym (that's Yiddish for "nom nom nom")

it’s come and gone, so really there’s no rush.

Scrapple it is.

Look forward to a post about a meat product that gives me the willies but I will try in the name of research. And when you have a chance, stop by Flying Monkey or Green Aisle to taste some of E’s treats.

Keep eating and asking, my friends.

Esther

Green Beer and Irish Potatoes Candy

As I sit here writing this, I am being attacked by two Pugs, a Labrador, and my sinus infected boyfriend. So please forgive any missed spelling or grammar errors.

Big hint: if you’re looking for books on St. Patrick’s Day, don’t start looking the day before the event. They’ll all be checked out. There are a limited number of books written about St. Patrick’s Day. Most of them can be found in the juvenile section at your local library. If you’re looking for information on traditions like green beer and Irish potatoes, good luck to you. Believe me when I say there is precious little recorded history on these particular subjects.

It’s important to me that the information provided in this blog comes from both Internet and literary sources. This includes primary, secondary, and obvious myths that have no base in fact. However, for this post, almost everything was found on the Internet. I was a little disappointed that books were not a big help. I enjoy books and libraries. I like the smell. Can’t win ‘em all, right?

First and foremost, let’s (briefly) talk about St. Patrick himself.

Saint Patrick

Get down wit yo holy self.

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St. Patrick's Day

I’ll be looking at two American St. Patrick’s day traditions this week:

Irish Potatoes Candy

Irish Potatoes

*drool*

and Green Beer

Green Beer

I'm feeling a little less *drool* about this one.

From preliminary research, I’ve discovered this is going to take some phone calls. I’ve found a few myths about the green beer, but I’ll share those with you on Thursday. Look back then to see what I’ve come up with.

Also, did you know that the Irish actually make candy out of potatoes? Neither did I.

Keep eating and asking, my friends.

Esther

My Inbox Overfloweth

I’ve gotten a lot of great suggestions from a bunch of people I’ve invited to my Facebook event. They’re varied, interesting, and, well, complicated. Looks like I’ve got my work cut out for me.

Here’s a bunch of them:

-Comfort foods – where they originated and why we eat them

-Pennsylvania Dutch New Year’s – the PA Dutch eat pork & sauerkraut for good luck on New Year’s

-British food – why beans and toast? where did the reputation for being bad cooks come from?

-Purim – quote: “How can it be important to get so drunk you dont know the difference between Blessed be Mordechai and Cursed be Haman?”

-Southern (American) food – why do southern people (like those from Louisiana) like their food so spicy?

-Staples – such as bread, apples, milk, and eggs

-Indian food and Korean food

-Pancakes on Mardi Gras

-Welsh food – Welsh cakes, cawl, the truth about pasties (yum)

-Mac & Cheese – when was it invented? quote: “Because on President’s Day Panera Bread emailed me that Thomas Jefferson loved mac & cheese and I was all ‘Did they even eat mac & cheese back then?’”

-Variants on particular foods in different regions – example: borscht is eaten cold by Russians/Ukrainians/Romanians and warm by the Polish

-Similarities between foods in very different cultures, like Pakistani and Indian

-Bacon

-Differences in food names (pop vs soda, hoagies vs subs)

-Unpasteurized/raw cheeses that are banned from import into the US

-How Slavic food has evolved.

Remember, keep sending me your suggestions. It’s a lot, but I’m going to tackle them all. In time…

Esther

The Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How's of Food.

Hi Everyone,

I need a little research help. I’m starting a food blog. I know, not another one, but hear me out. The point of the blog is not to review restaurants or make anyone despise me due to a superiority complex, but to do an anthropological survey of food. Not an all-encompassing history, but to once or twice a week pick out a dish (macaroni and cheese), ingredient (cinnamon or hot sauce), or holiday (Thanksgiving) and do some research. I want to find out where those foods originated, their history, their use, urban myths, use in the media, religious significance, and WHY people eat/use them. The who, what, when, where, why, and how’s of food.

It’s going to be a huge project and incredibly research heavy. I’m still working out the details right now and I have a few ideas for posts, but I wanted to reach out to see if there was anything you wanted to know about. Maybe there’s something in your culture you eat and you’d like to know why. A great place to start would be what do you eat on certain holidays in your particular religion. A holiday example for you: why do we eat turkey on Thanksgiving? How did turkey get to the United States? What’s it’s origin? Does it really make you fall asleep? (Side note, it doesn’t. The amount of turkey you’d have to eat to get enough tryptophan to get tired is ridonkulous. It’s the sheer gluttony of the occasion. Wasn’t that interesting?) Or even just regular old suggestions or questions.

Like “What the hell is SPAM anyway?”

SPAM - Hawaiian Collectors Edition

SPAM - Hawaiian Collectors Edition. Who knew?

Or “Wouldn’t it be awesome to find out why milk takes away the sting of spicy food?”

Use the milk. Duh.

Or “Whose great idea was it to make cake decorating so damn trendy?”

It's getting old, guys.

So that’s what I’m asking for. It’s a daunting task and something I’m excited about. My hope is to continue to develop this project and have it last for several years. So if you’re interested in giving me ideas or anything, leave a comment. It’s one big search for knowledge. Let’s share it!

Thanks for reading this (if you did) and thanks even more for any feedback. I do have a Facebook event set up and will eventually have a group or page or something. Twitter too. I’m also looking through flickr for food pictures to use (with permission of course) so if you know anyone into food photography that has some neato pics, hit me up. Isn’t social networking awesome?.

This is just a preliminary post and it’ll take a little while to get going, but once it’s going, well, then it’ll be active. Whatever.


Esther