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6th Jan 2013, 18:53
I am interested in what out of the way comfort foods people have run across.

Recently, I've become addicted to "Chislick" (marinated red meat flash deep fried very rare and served with garlic salt) which appears to be only available in central South Dakota.

Previously, I've been enamored of Muktuk (bowhead whale dermis with underlying blubber. (Tastes a little like fishy peanut butter with a texture like lobster, and is sort of like potato chips: no one can stop eating it while it's in front of him)

Ponyshoes are endemic to southwestern Illinois and comprise a piece of white bread with a slice of ham (or a hamburger patty) covered in crinkle-cut french fries and saturated with cheese sauce.

I know there must be hundreds of locally common foods which ppruners have run across which have not made it to international attention, but which are just plain good.

Krystal n chips
6th Jan 2013, 19:12
So, southwest Illinois would seem to be a good place to set up as an undertaker then ?....based on said local culinary, ahem, delicacy...or does the dish come as a healthy option...sans fries ?:E


6th Jan 2013, 19:21
welsh rarebit (aka Cheese toastie aka cheese on toast) with a dash of Worcestershire sauce (to the cousins that's wurkester-shire-shire sauce) :}

and you can keep the chitlins! :yuk:

6th Jan 2013, 19:30
Couldn't tell you, don't live there, but I can categorically state that the "North End Cafe" in Jacksonville, Illinois makes a damned fine one.

Of note, a Ponyshoe is actually the petite version of a "Horseshoe" which comprises all the same stuff, but with more atherosclerotic potential.

Krystal n chips
6th Jan 2013, 19:53
" Ponyshoe is actually the petite version of a "Horseshoe" which comprises all the same stuff, but with more atherosclerotic potential."

I think we need to talk, about me getting a Green Card to be precise...I have no experience as an undertaker, as yet, but clearly the commercial opportunity is self evident..we can talk about your commission etc later.. over lunch, on me of course..:E

Temp Spike
6th Jan 2013, 20:25
Open air Fermented Shark from Iceland. A nutty, putrid bouquet, that tastes every bit as face splitting as it smells. I suggest large quantities served in a warm beer and goat milk mixture.

flying lid
6th Jan 2013, 21:23

Now there’s a place in Wigan a place you all should know
A busy little factory where things are all the go
They don’t make Jakes or Eccles Cakes or things to stick on walls
But night and day they work away at Uncle Joe’s Mint Balls

Chorus (to be sung after each verse)

Uncle Joe’s Mint Balls keep you all aglow
Give ‘em to your grannie and watch the bugger go
Away with coughs and sniffles, take a few in hand
Suck ‘em and see, you’ll agree
They’re the best in all the land

Me dad has always wanted curly hair on his bald head
Suck an Uncle Joe’s Mint Ball that’s what the doctor said
So he got an Uncle Joe’s Mint Ball and sucked it all night long
When he got up next morning, he’d hairs all over his tongue

Me uncle Albert passed away from ale upon the brain
The doctors said that he were dead and would never walk again
So they gave the corpse an Uncle Joe’s and then stood back aghast
Cos the corpse jumped up and ran to the pub and spent the insurance brass

Me granny said me granddad ‘e were gettin’ old and slow
And fire in grandad’s boiler ‘ad gone out long ago
So ‘e got an Uncle Joe’s Mint Ball, sucked it all the night
But his hot breath singed her vest and set the bed alight

We ‘ad a pigeon it were bald and couldn’t fly too fast
Never won places in the races, always come in last
Though it were bald, no feathers at all it won a race one day
We give it an Uncle Joe’s Mint Ball and it ran al’t bloody way

I had a girl her name was May in passion she were lackin’
Fed ‘er with whisky to make ‘er frisky, still she wouldn’t get crackin’
So I gave her an Uncle Joe’s Mint Ball to get ‘er all aglow
Now she combs the streets of Wigan, looking for Uncle Joe!

We gave some to the coalman’s ‘orse as it stood in the road
It gave a cough then buggered off with it’s cart an’ load
It ran onto the racecourse going like a bird
Covered the track with nutty slack and came first, second and third

The RSPCA have bought six tons of Uncle Joe’s
To give to all the animules to keep ‘em all aglow
Our budgie now is six foot tall, the cat is eight foot three
And all the poor brass monkeys are as happy as can be.


7th Jan 2013, 01:40
Unfortunately, things digressed.

Boerwoers would count, (were I not familiar already)

I'm asking for the really good stuff, not just the haggis equivalents

7th Jan 2013, 01:51
In my neck of the woods there's this dish called poutine. A plate of French fries smothered in cheese curds and brown gravy. It's as terrible as it sounds and if you're really quiet between bites you can hear your arteries harden.

7th Jan 2013, 01:58
And when it's warm outside, y'all eat french fries with mayonnaise.

No accounting for taste...

Having spent a significant portion of my life around YWG, I have tried said dish, and fail to appreciate it as much as say, a good Caesar on a -40 day. (Those are REALLY good)

7th Jan 2013, 02:01
That was unfair of me though.

My predilections are irrelevant.

That is exactly the sort of comfort food that I'm looking for.

7th Jan 2013, 02:40
Erm, we have the pie floater, featured before in this journal, but anyway:


The meat pie is actually aground in a bowl of green pea soup, ideally the consistency of wet cement.

The pie should be upside down in the soup, and tomato sauce (ketchup) is either poured onto the pie or injected into it if the right equipment is available.

Vinegar may be splashed onto the result, depending on taste.

Enjoy! as they say.

7th Jan 2013, 05:25
thank you very much, RJM, no breakfast today. Can't think of lunch either, right now at least.
Sheesh, seriously! :E

Solid Rust Twotter
7th Jan 2013, 05:29
Sadza, lamb chops and gravy.

Koeksisters and Ouma beskuit.

Biltong and dry wors.

But you know all that, 421...:ok:

Alloa Akbar
7th Jan 2013, 09:58
Get a deep fried mars bar doon ye, ye big jessies!! :ok:


7th Jan 2013, 10:12
Calcannon: (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colcannon) Colcannon is traditionally made from mashed potatoes and kale (or cabbage), with milk (or cream), butter, salt and pepper added. It can contain other ingredients such as scallions, leeks, onions and chives....

Though not shown, but as mentioned in the rhyme, a traditional method of serving is to have a large mound on a plate and to hollow out the middle so it resembles a volcano crater. The crater is then filled with melted butter.

The Calcannon is then eaten by scooping a spoonful from the outside, dipping it into the butter and eating....

"Did you ever eat Colcannon, made from lovely pickled cream?
With the greens and scallions mingled like a picture in a dream.
Did you ever make a hole on top to hold the melting flake
Of the creamy, flavoured butter that your mother used to make?"


7th Jan 2013, 10:28
Pie floaters are much nicer than fish milk shakes...

7th Jan 2013, 10:42
Pork Scratchings, not a single redeeming feature but they taste feckin great :ok:

7th Jan 2013, 11:12
Fish milk shake was something the MIL used to threaten Mrs Fliegs and I with......:\:yuk::yuk::yuk:

7th Jan 2013, 12:36
Hey Fliegs

Since we are always regaled with tales of all the snakes in Australia, do you turn any of them into food ?

Just think : Taipan burger ! You never know it might taste just like chick..........:E

7th Jan 2013, 14:05
Overcome by lutefisk.


7th Jan 2013, 14:54
ORAC, colcannon sounds delicious, I'll try that! :ok: (as I could read, nothing to do with Kohl and canons :oh:).

tony draper
7th Jan 2013, 15:01
If you google Medieval Recipes some interesting stuff there,they didn't waste much of the critters they slew.

7th Jan 2013, 16:00
Jings, only the deep fried Mars Bar? What about this other delicacy from the Land o' the Rising Haggis?


Your eyes are not deceiving you, that is deep fried pizza........

7th Jan 2013, 22:21
Shami Kebab, followed by a large Sheek....get ya'self some good old fashioned Manchester food About Us (http://www.saajanhalal.co.uk/page2.html)

7th Jan 2013, 22:32
Pardon my ignorance, What is Sheek?

(The Shami looks awesome)

7th Jan 2013, 23:03
ORAC, In Holland there is a similar dish, like Clcannon, though in the crater you pour some malt or red wine vinegar, with a side of picallilly and some smoked sausage (like a kielbasse). My favorite dutch meal, much to my aunts chagrin.

7th Jan 2013, 23:15
When I was working (and living on my own during the week) I frequented a kebab shop where he prepared a delicious lamb shish kebab - tender and succulent in the middle and 'crusty' on the outside - served with a sliced white 'cabbage' salad in a grilled pitta bread.

The cook was an Iraqi immigrant and I looked forward to this meal whenever I could get back from my travelling (50,000 miles a year).

7th Jan 2013, 23:23
Since we are always regaled with tales of all the snakes in Australia, do you turn any of them into food

Not for formal dining. But you can't beat a tasty koala steak flash cooked on the barbie.

Solid Rust Twotter
8th Jan 2013, 04:26
Snakes tend to be a little bony with not much meat, unless you can get one of the fatter ones like a puffadder or Gabon viper. The bigger pythons are ok, but there's a reason things like mambas and such are called racing snakes. Not much reward for the effort of skinning, cooking and eating them. All those tiny bones are a pain in the arse unless you enjoy fighting with your dinner.:hmm:

Also, like eating lizard, you'll never get fat eating snake. Not sure if it's something in the meat, or just all the effort it takes to get around to scoffing it.

8th Jan 2013, 12:15

Please get it right.....we know it in the South here as "Whats This Here Sauce?".

It is said that an old Black Gentleman said that when sampling the then unknown sauce prepared by a local dining establishment and the name just caught on afterwards.

ya'll should try a Poor Man's Casserole.

Fry thin sliced Spam (yes....you are supposed to cook Spam....)

Heat up a can of Old El Paso Mexe-Beans (spicy Pinto beans).

Do a couple of pieces of White Bread Toast.

Lay a couple of slices of Cheese on the Toast, layer the Fried Spam over the Cheese, pour the hot beans on top of the Spam and Cheese, add diced fresh Onions if desired. Enjoy!

Sounds horrid but actually is quite tasty.

8th Jan 2013, 12:22

8th Jan 2013, 12:50
We're very much into recycled food here at the seaside. There used to be a stall on the Old Pier where you could buy beautifully boxed Donkey Poo. Tasted really good. :ok:

8th Jan 2013, 13:12
SASless, sounds a bit like the Hawai`ian Loco Moco. Rice, Spam, fried egg and gravy. Very yummy, I'm sure. [/sarcasm]

9th Jan 2013, 20:11
Frito chili pie falls into a similar category

A bag of said chips opened laterally to form a sort of bowl smothered in chili con carne and queso sauce with a smattering of jalepenos on top

9th Jan 2013, 22:37

I raise you a spam musubi, very tasty:


Although these days I am partial to "Mormon Funeral Potatoes". Basically a Mormon staple. Take cubed potatoes, cheese, onions, chicken cream soup, or a cream sauce, sour cream, mix and top with butter and corn flakes or crushed potato chips and bake.

Even better is to take the basic recipe, roll into tennis ball size balls, roll with cheddar cheese, bacon and scallions, and then in a cornflake crust, baptized in hot oil, and serve with a worthy Utah Ranch.

Milo Minderbinder
9th Jan 2013, 22:48
and while you're struggling over the thought of sucking one of Uncle Joe's mint balls, you can chew on that other Lancashire Favourite, a Fisherman's Friend

9th Jan 2013, 22:51
Apologies- Seekh , had one last night, and jolly good it was to.

10th Jan 2013, 03:36
Hell, Gordy...that's what some folk call Trailer Sushi. :p

As for so many others here, I feel compelled to wonder if a defibrillator comes with the nosh? Makes my teenage favorite from the Baltimore area, French fries & beef gravy, a non-guilt indulgence! :ok: ;)

fries and gravy | Tumblr (http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/fries-and-gravy)

How about BBQ pulled pork sandwiches? Anyone...anyone....Bueller?


Howard Hughes
10th Jan 2013, 04:27
A pulled pork sandwich sounds delightful, however I am on a tuna kick at the moment...:{

Standard Noise
10th Jan 2013, 09:39
I've always found that a full Ulster Fry does the trick.

10th Jan 2013, 10:33
OOoh CoF, I love a Pulled Pork Sandwich.......first discovered one here...

OLLIE'S TROLLEY Restaurant in Washington DC (http://www.olliestrolleydc.com/index.html)

Many years ago....yummy!!! What a fantastic place!, fond memories of Ollies Trolley indeed!

Mrs Fliegs makes a pretty damn good reproduction of it down here now.....

Howard...is that a Heart thing....the Tuna kick??

10th Jan 2013, 15:33
Barbecued mutton ribs, with actual barbecue sauce, carmelized on the grill. (in Namibia, 'cause that's all that was around.)

With a bunch of Castle Milk Stout.

10th Jan 2013, 15:58
COF.... as for the "trailer trash sushi"... I agree, but it is a staple on the islands...

BBQ pulled pork is great, but I prefer a brisket sandwich these days... One of the best I ever had was on a fire in Sevierville, Tennessee at Tony Gore's place:

Tony Gore Bar-B-Que (http://www.tonygore.com/tsresturant/smokymntbbq.html)

10th Jan 2013, 16:14
Frito chili pie

welcome to the major leagues !


10th Jan 2013, 16:15
pulled pork sandwiches? Anyone...anyone....Bueller?


you any good at pullin' pork ?


10th Jan 2013, 20:51

you any good at pullin' pork ?/QUOTE]

I can neither confirm, nor deny. :E. :E

Gordy....I know of Tony's, from my Knoxville living days. BBQ brisket can't be denied. Another fine choice. :ok:

Howard Hughes
11th Jan 2013, 01:40
I once had the opportunity to have Magpie Goose cooked by an Aboriginal gentleman. As they as apeople have been inhabiting this continent for some 40,000 years I consider this to be the most 'arcane of noshes'.

Of course it was cooked in the traditonal method, on the BBQ with honey and cinammon (go figure), bloody delish it was;)

13th Jan 2013, 02:56
That sounds really good.

I once had the opportunity to share stewed loon with a bunch of semisober cree fishing guides.

It wasn't

14th Jan 2013, 07:56
A steak burger at Chaplins Restaurant Maun Botswana.