Saturday, January 15, 2011

I Do So Love Green Eggs and Spam

How I love Green Eggs and Spam. Thinly sliced Spam lined up as little cakes in the skillet and fried just this side of crispy. Gone is the Ooey, Gooey, Gloppy Stuff that used to reside between can and meat- definitely one point in its favor, and if you start with a bit of saved bacon grease, it becomes even better. Pair it with a cup of coffee and some fresh eggs and you’ve discovered a little slice of heaven.

Green Eggs? Our chickens are araucanas, a gentle variety that lays green/ blue eggs. They aren’t as prolific as other types of chickens but cute as a button with their puffy cheeks and lack of wattles. Initially a part of our journey to self-sufficiency, they have become more of my husband’s pets as well as his hobby. A couple of them enjoy being held and don’t seem to mind our outdoor cats at all. Taylor loves to bring them treats from the kitchen: a few lettuce leaves, carrots, peppers and their favorite cucumbers. They rush from the coop feathers flying and clucking like the dickens. They slip slide down their planked walkway and the race is on to see who gets what.

I never had Spam growing up. I suspect that it was not allowed in our house judging by my mom’s reaction when we visited her hometown. I was chatting with one of my grandmother’s acquaintances and happened to mention that I loved Spam. Mom tried to hush me up very quickly but I’m not quite certain why. I know some veterans who vowed to never eat it again, which is quite understandable assuming they had their fill years ago. I’d always thought that it must be gross- remember the goo? So, not long after we married, my husband literally forced me to taste it and it was love at first bite.

If you haven’t tried it in awhile, fry a little up. Sprinkle some of it like bacon crumbles on pizza, add some cheese and create a grilled cheese Spamwich, dip it in a little tangy mustard for a bit of zing. Delicious hammy goodness. You’re gonna love it.

blue araucana egg vs white and brown eggpict


Catawissa Gazetteer said...

And your above post, dear wife, goes a long way towards explaining how we maintain our thin and athletic figures around here.


Kathy Felsted Usher said...

Shall I post the Hot Dog Hash recipe too? I think I will plan that one as soon as we restock the hot sauce. Remember how thin I was before I married you-someone who could cook! I will refer to the phrase on my old kitchen magnet: Ewes not fat, ewes fluffy!

me said...

I've never heard of green eggs! Do they get laid by green chickens?

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

The only green ones I have seen so far were chicks dyed for Easter sales (bad idea if you don't have a coop). It surprised me to know how many different colors of eggs there are. The green ones can vary between a green to a light blue, we also have brown and white eggs. I looked at a chicken chart and there are even pink to dark reddish eggs, yellow and cream colored. Someday we'd like to get some of the fancy chicks with fuzzy heads or feet. All the eggs seem to taste the same, and when you cook them they are white like normal eggs.