August 23, 2014

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A Penny For Your Thoughts

By Nancy Whitaker


Are we really made up of “what we eat?” Now everyone who knows me at all knows that food and cooking is one of my hobbies and something I am passionate about.

Everyone eats different foods and some even eat strange combinations of different foods, me included.

One of my strangest combinations of food to eat is french fries and cottage cheese together. I love ordering fries and a bowl of cottage cheese and dumping it on top of those crispy fries.

My youngest daughter, Susie, tried this combination a long time ago and I decided to try it, too. To my own surprise, I loved it. I order it occasionally in a restaurant and people look at me as if I am really eating something gross. But, try it, you’ll like it.

It has been noted that Elvis Presley loved to eat peanut butter and banana sandwiches. To me that seems strange, but to each his own. That is why we are so lucky to have so many choices available to choose in our dining experiences.

One lady in history, Wallis Warfield Simpson, who later became the Duchess of Windsor, actually got the king to abdicate the throne and marry her. It is rumored that she got the king to marry her because he loved her Southern style of cooking.

She was a twice-divorced lady who met the Prince of Wales while she was still married to husband number two. They ran with the same circle of friends and the prince became a frequent dinner guest of Warfield and her husband. When the prince came for dinner she took pleasure in having serving Southern dishes which appealed to him.

The first meal she ever served her husband-to-be was black bean soup and fried chicken. The two eventually fell in love and Wallis divorced her second husband.

In time, the prince became King Edward VIII and less than a year into his reign he was given a choice between being king and marrying the American divorcée whom he loved. Edward VIII of England chose Wallis and his love of her cooking and gave up the throne. Well, they do say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.

Forget finger-lickin’ chicken, it must have been throne-abdicatin’ good. She came out with a cookbook which included her recipes which made their way into a man’s heart. One of the recipes was for pork cake.

The ingredients included: 1/2 pound fat salt pork, 3/4 cup boiling water, 3/4 cup molasses, 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar, 2 cups raisins, 1 cup currants washed and dried, 3-1/2 cups sifted flour, 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda, 1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon, 1-1/2 teaspoons cloves, 1-1/2 teaspoons nutmeg. While I cannot imagine making a cake with salt pork, perhaps some of you Penny readers have made something similar. Although I am an adventurous cook and eater, I am not brave enough to try that one.

Do you ever eat different combinations of foods? Have you ever made a pork cake? Do you have any recipes that are totally just strange?

Let me know ow and I’ll give you a Penny for Your Thoughts.