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Saturday, March 04, 2006


We'd been living on ration packs for about two weeks. Now the British Army ration packs are quite good, maybe not quite as cosmopolitan as the American MRE's but very edible nonetheless.

Well as long as you like Baked Beans that is.

But no matter how good boil in the bag food you get it's still not quite the same as fresh. There's just something missing. I don't quite know what it is but there's something that's just not quite there.

And then they arrived.

2 eggs per man and a few slices of fresh bread.

I, for one, didn't think a boiled egg sandwich would ever rate in my top ten of culinary experiences.


Blogger Brom said...

I once found myself, for one reason or another, on a windswept range with some of Her Majesty's Finest. Come and join us for some grub they offerd. An offer that was more than readily accepted. Heaven!, a hot stew with lumps of beef, veg and several boiled potatoes and a couple of slices of bread and an apple for desert. (the tea was a bit dodgy tasting). It was absolutely magic. Turning to our hosts we complimented them on their cuisine. They all laughed and said... when you have this slop day in day out....

7:25 pm  
Blogger Universal Soldier said...

Brom - ah 'range stew' - at times an absolute delight - at others......

7:49 pm  
Anonymous Inbred said...

2 eggs per man and a few slices of fresh bread.

Ah, Egg Banjo's - food of the gods...

9:30 pm  
Blogger Katy Newton said...

It would have been churlish to complain about the lack of chopped spring onion and a tablespoon of mayonnaise, I suppose.

11:03 pm  
Blogger Universal Soldier said...

Inbred - totally agreed although on that occasion we just boiled them in the BV.

Katy - yes it would have ;)

9:14 am  
Blogger Fluff said...

I can almost taste the zeal !

9:40 pm  
Blogger Katy Newton said...

I am going to start a petition for adequate condiments and garnish during exercises. An army marches on its stomach, you know.

1:59 pm  
Anonymous Mr Angry said...

Boiled egg sandwiches, hmmm, I practically live on them, and now I have the added bonus of knowing they fuel our army too. What better endorsement for my choice of diet than that?

You don't also have donner kebabs and strong continental lager by any chance do you US?

4:34 pm  
Blogger Universal Soldier said...

Fluff - maybe I should market zeal as a new condiment?

Katy - where do I sign?

Mr Angry - unfortunately we don't - maybe you and Katy could join forces and get us donner kebabs and condiments.

5:27 pm  
Blogger Lennie Briscoe said...

You can't like the dumplings...????

I don't know if you remember the old ration packs (pre-boil in bag). There used to be a tin of spam. You could fry it in its own fat...was horrid. Not to mention the spotted rolos (due to age). The sweeties in it were definately the best though..

5:08 pm  
Blogger Universal Soldier said...

Lennie - yup I remember them. I think they called it Beef Burger or something.

7:29 pm  
Blogger Peter said...

The new menus - including halal, vegetarian and Sikh and Hindu diets - are designed for troops serving in extreme weather conditions, and will be trialled on the front lines from May until October.
British Army Ration Packs

7:32 am  

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