Wartime Soup & More

Submitted by Judi M. – THANK YOU!

Here’s a recipe I’ve kept for over 40 years, clipped from a newspaper article on unusual recipes.

Wartime Soup
(Charles Corley, Phoenix AZ)
“Ingredients:  all outer leaves and tails of vegetables, all fruit peelings, stones and cores, all saucepan and dish rinsings, bread crusts, remains of suet, batter and milky puddings (but not jam or sweet puddings), cheese and bacon rinds, skim milk, sour milk, remains of sauces (not sweet sauces) gravey, vegetable water, margarine (if liked), pepper and salt, water.
Wash thoroughly all vegetable trimmings and leaves (do not use potato peelings; use outer leaves of cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, curly kale, lettuce, leeks and onions; tops and peelings of turnips, carrots, parsnips, swedes (rutabagas), kohlrabi. Put all into a cooking box saucepan with plenty of water; bring to the boil, boil 20 minutes; add some or all of the other ingredients; season to taste; boil 10 minutes without removing cover and place in the cooking box 2 to 3 hours. Take out and rub through a sieve, and if necessary, reheat on gas ring.
When times were hard, there were still ways to feed the family. What is the old saying?  “Hunger is the best seasoning” something like that.
I remember my mother telling about the Great Depression. Grandmother sent the oldest son out with his BB gun and a hundred BB’s. She told him to bring home 50 sparrows because that was to be their supper. Now a sparrow only has one bite (small bite) worth of meat on it but the lesson was….there is food to eat.
Here is another recipe from the same article. Perhaps tongue in cheek?
Sardine Soup
(David Morton, Phoenix AZ)
1 can chicken broth
2 cans sardines with mustard
1 can hominy
Chopped celery
1 small (8 ounces) can whole kernel corn
1 package (10 ounces ) frozen spinach
Heat and try to serve.
Serves 4
The visual image is………..urp!
Ed. Note: I was in a state park a few years ago camping and there was a sudden influx of the local Hmong population. They went out with BB guns and shot all the birds they could find – sparrows, song birds, it didn’t matter. They created huge piles with bird bodies – like 4 feet high! In the evening they gathered around a large fire and stuck the birds on sticks, feathers and all, burned the feathers off of them and ate them.
Please understand that this was totally unnessesary as they all were well fed and most are on food stamps and other assistance. The park rangers just turn their heads at these activities. They all say they can’t speak English when confronted about something, but understand English just fine when they are negotiating with you on buying chickens, ducks, goats, etc. Having sold poultry, etc. to various Hmong for years. And they all drive very nice vehicles. Am I prejudiced against Hmong? No, I am just relaying my personal experiences and observations.

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