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Saturday, July 22, 2006

Answers - #4

Ellie asked:

"Do they eat powdered eggs in the HM's army? What are powdered eggs really? What's the best army food? What's the worst?"

1. I don't think so.

2. I hate to think.

3. It depends whether you mean rations or the everyday food that is served in the cookhouse. In camp the army feeds its single soldiers on less than a fiver a day for 3 meals and as such the quality is a bit iffy at times. As for the ration packs - my favourite is chicken and mushroom pasta (which if memory serves rightly is actually a breakfast option). I also have a bizarre penchant for fruit dumplings in butterscotch sauce which the remaining 104,999 people in the army hate but I find quite tasty.

4. I can't stand the bacon and beans option in the ration packs - which is unfortunate because it is the most common.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd have to say the chocolate pudding is one of my favourites, cold or hot, one of the best rats around. Sausage and beans being the best breakfast.
Not sure if it's chicken and mushroom pasta that's the breakfast, but there is definitely a breakfast pasta meal of some sort.
Most hated ration pack is a toss up between moderately warm in patches corned beef hash, or beefburger and beans.
Galley food (cookhouse to all the non bootnecks out there. or RN) is usually pretty good, but we like to think we're cared about more than the Army.
Never come across powdered eggs myself, but doesn't mean they aren't lurking around in the back of somebodys stores waiting to be unleashed.

5:37 pm  
Anonymous Stu Savory said...

The trick with the reconstituted (just add water) powdered scrambled eggs is to add a piece if eggshell so that consumers(?) think it is real ;-)

5:43 am  
Blogger The_'Real'_Batman said...

the best thing is (as Universal Soldier has said) to mix the oatblock with powdered chocolate and boil in a little water. Chocolate porridge - divine! The only thing is cleaning the remainder off.

My least favourite was bacon and beans as well - or should that be strips of white pork fat on oragne gloop with a couple of beans for novelty value

9:40 am  
Blogger The Boy said...

Have tried most foods dried or packed when I did a lot of camping as a lad. Powdered eggs are particularly vile. They taste of very little with a texture quite unlike real eggs.

Not sure about Pasta for breakfast, but fruit pussing with butterscotch sounds good.

10:50 am  
Anonymous Growing Up said...

Sorry but i couldn't eat food like that. The sound of powered egg is disgustng. and i couldn't do pasta for breakfast. The tought of full breakfast in a tin in the supermarket is bad enough.

10:56 am  
Blogger FOUR DINNERS said...

bacon n beans? mmmmmmmmmmmm

12:05 pm  
Blogger Ellie said...

Good idea, Stu!

3:29 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everyone in my old lot hated the bacon(manfat) and beans. Vile stuff.

11:46 pm  
Blogger Gnomad said...

fruit pudding with butterscotch sauce, mmmm... definitley the best thing in the 24 hour ration pack.

I actually liked the bacon and beans (mini bottles of tabasco sauce liberated from the Yanks MREs helped a lot) but then I used to go back for extra liver and bacon in the cookhouse, so maybe I'm a bit odd.

The worst was the chow mein (or was it chop suey?) in the arctic rations. That was so bad one of the recruits threw up after only three spoonsfull :)

I am now in civvy street, married to a beautiful woman who is an excellent cook and I still sometimes miss the scoff at Prince Phillip barracks. How sad is that?!

(ex REME)

4:09 pm  

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