|Comments on Thursday 26 June 2003:|
|Another myth must be dispelled. I was in America for five years, and never once ate apple pie. I have been in Australia for two weeks, now, and have had two slices of apple pie. "As American as apple pie"? That must be like "as young as a pope".
|If I recall correctly, there was a period during which a rather young child was officially the Pope.|
"As American as apple pie" is a stretch to try to find an "American" food. Our only real contribution to food is potato chips... which might explain the general obesity.
|Hm, I thought sourdough bread might be American, but a Google search suggests that sourdough bread originated a bit after 4000BC in Egypt. Ah well.|
Didn't think potato chips were invented in America, either (since England renaming an American food to crisps seems much less likely than it going the other way), but the internet tells me that is how it happened... Though it does also admit "When you consider how simple the idea of a potato chip is, the a possibility of independent invention arises. There is good evidence that something very much like a potato chip was common enough in England to be included in a cookbook. In 1854 in Soyer's Shilling Cookery, was a recipe for fried potatoes that required them to be cut very thin, fried in about two inches of fat and manipulated with a skimmer to keep them from sticking together". (With the American invention being in 1853, so unlikely to have propagated into a British cookbook in so short a time.) So perhaps no renaming took place at all, but rather parallel invention.
|Oh, we did invent Sourdough Bread. Don't be fooled, it's not real American Sourdough if it doesn't contain human hair!|
|On a more serious note, Corn Flakes are an american invention, I believe.|
*One standard packet of; Potato, Sliced.
*One tin of; Butter, Condensed.
*One old pan.
*One fire, or two for good measure.
Light fire. Make butter, wait for butter to boil. Add potatoes. Stand around for about 15 mins. When cooked serve up. Then if you have any decent food throw the potatoes out and remind yourself that it was a very bad idea to join the army...
|Tsk. Silly Americans. You invented chop suey, you should know this. Australia invented the meat pie floater, which involves a meat pie floating in a bowl of pea soup. After that we gave up on first courses and went straight to desserts. Peach Melba, Pavlova, Vegemite Sandwiches, and the Lamington. Some of which may have been stolen from New Zealand, but we stole Pharlap and are exhibiting bits of him in various locations around the country, so we're not going to give up desserts to a few sheep appreciaters.|
Eps. If you're in the army, a lot has changed since I last cleaned an SLR. God help us all. Please tell me you're just a weekend warrior.
|The "The Lamington House" as it is so grammatically incorrectly put is just down the street from where I am, there is a story that every one in this area knows. It is a real part of Australian history, but as you know most true blue aussie's don't give a crap about our history as long as it tastes good.|
Not even that Tom, you don't want to ask. (And I would feel kind of stupid telling you.) Though fortunately it's been about three months since I cleaned an AUS-Styer F77... "Bye bye beautiful non-shredded fingers" was the last thing I though before I started cleaning them. (Had to do 30 between three people.)