Thursday, September 29, 2005

Lasang Pinoy: Sandwich Spread Coming to a Storm Near You!

I grew up in pleasant California, where the fiercest storms are mere drizzles compared to the drenches here in Cleveland, which themselves are probably breezy showers compared to the typhoons of the Philippines, not to mention Hurricanes Katrina & Rita.

So I was sort of stumped by the latest Lasang Pinoy theme of storm food, and I turned to the 'rents, who grew up with the yearly Filipino typhoon. What I learned was that you don't eat fish during a storm. Why? Most all the fish in the Philippines is sold and eaten fresh, and if there's a storm a'comin, well, the fishermen decide it's not such a great idea to be out in the water. And you make rice right away, because who knows when the power might be knocked out, and who knows when it might be knocked back on.

So what are you left with? Like every place else in the world, they turn to the old emergency situation food standbys - canned food. They last ages, they don't need to be refridgerated, and they don't require cooking. In the Philippines and among us second generation-ers, the favorite canned foods are Spam, corned beef, and Vienna sausages.

But when I usually eat Spam or corned beef or Vienna sausage, there's not much to it: you open, you fry or otherwise heat up, you eat. Is that worth an entire post? WELL, IS IT, PUNK? Well, yes, but suppose you're feeling a little hungry after a natural catastrophe and you feel like something a little fancier than cold canned corned beef ... again?

You could mix up some Vienna Sausage Sandwich Spread.

First you get two cans of Vienna sausage.

Note that they are made of "Mechanically separated chicken". Maybe gourmet canned Vienna sausage is made from hand separated organic chicken?

Mash them up in a bowl. Try one or two. Not bad, eh?

Mix in some mayo, a couple spoonfuls of sweet pickle relish, a spoonful of sugar, a sprinkling of salt and pepper. Add chopped hard boiled egg if you're that kind of person.

I added diced cheddar. Some paprika. Chives. Olive oil. You know, whatever's handy. Chill if you like, or not, try to ignore its incredibly unappealing appearance and have on bread or crackers, and enjoy nature's destructive power!

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