Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Theme Thursday: Lunch


Did somebody say "Lunch"???

Since I left the south, my taste buds scream out for the good old food of my youth. I was born and reared in Florida and one of my fondest "food memories" is of a traditional Floridian meal of Fried Mullet, Baked Beans, Grits, and Hushpuppies. Yum! (We had this for supper many times when I was growing up.)

I would also settle for some fried catfish, coleslaw, sliced tomatoes, and hushpuppies.

Or some baked ham, blackeyed peas, and cornbread.

Or some of my mother's Chicken and Dumplings -- OMG! I'm starving now.
These are dumplings rolled out on the cutting board and sliced into long strips and dropped into the cooking chicken and broth. Very Southern. And so good you just jump up and say, "Howdy Ya'll!"

Isn't it strange how restaurants rarely serve ham or pork? And vegetables! Most restaurants don't have a clue what an actual vegetable really is.

I really miss Southern cooking...

20 comments:

diane said...

That all sounded delicious even though i have never heard of some of those things to eat. I thought Hush Puppies was a brand of shoe. Ah! The english language can be so different at times.

Tom said...

mmm. It is a different kind of life in the south, and the food is wonderful.

Baino said...

Sounds interesting to say the least? Not sure about the mullet . . we have it here but it's a very 'oily' fish perhaps not the same as yours. I fancy a crawfish bake tho! I'm with Diane? What are Hush Puppies?

Katherine said...

Yummo... now the old salivery glands are working overtime.

Brian Miller said...

oh wow...you make me hungry and pining for the foods from when i lived in FL....

LadyCat said...

Sounds delicious! We have a local place here that makes great catfish and we get it quite often. It's a little hole in the wall called the South Street Smokehouse, but the food is very good and very southern. I lived in Alabama for 2 years, many years ago, and do enjoy the food.
And I agree with you, our Mom's dumplings are always the best. My Mom would drop dollops of dough into the broth, so they wer fat and doughy (is that a word?)

Harnett-Hargrove said...

OMG! I remember my mom's face one morning when I asked for 'no, grits, please.'
She looked at me as though she didn't know how to do that!
-J

Betsy said...

Yum....I'll take all of the above!

California Girl said...

I had my first catfish and hush puppies when we lived in KY and the husband was attending UK. There's a great restaurant on the Ky River, in Boonesboro. that served fresh catfish straight out of the river and the best hush puppies ever. I learned to make both and loved 'em. Haven't had it for quite a while now. Your photo is tempting.

AngelMay said...

Diane and Baino: Hushpuppies are a form of cornbread with onions added to the batter. Then they are dropped into hot fat and fried. And they are SO good!

AngelMay said...

California Girl: Yum! I'd love to eat at a restaurant that has the best hushpuppies ever! Best I've ever had were at the Greenbrier restaurant in Limestone County, Alabama. We plan to stop there so I can pig out when we go on our next RV trip.

Ladycat: Sounds like your mom made what we always called "Yankee Dumplings" :o) Southerners roll the dough out and cut strips. They are tougher than "dropped ball" dumplings - but they are delicious to hungry, scrawny little Southern kids.

The particular meal of fried mullet, baked beans, grits, and hushpuppies is a traditional Florida meal. Lots of poor folks would go fishing (my mother loved to go fishing) and bring home the mullet and then voila! That traditional meal showed up on the dinner table!

Dreamhaven said...

Ummmm, love that Southern cooking.
Who comes up with the words for word verification, anyway. It say manteat for crying out loud. Happy TT

AngelMay said...

LOL! Dreamhaven! That's too funny. I have no idea how those things are created. Monkeys on a keyboard?

Janice said...

Yum-o! My mouth is watering.

Skip Simpson said...

Ah, the glories of good old Southern cooking! Even when I move up to Virginia, I'll still have it all around me. Sandy keeps threatening, I mean... talking about taking me to a place called "Cuz's," in Pounding Mill, VA. With a name like THAT, y'know it has to be GREAT!

AngelMay said...

Sounds great, Skip! When are ya movin'?

Jill said...

AAAAhhh, it all sounds delicious!

I still, on occasion, make dumplings...they are OH, SO VERY GOOD!

Skip Simpson said...

I'll be moving either when an apartment becomes available, or Sandy becomes a million-dollar lottery winner, whichever comes first. ;)

Alan Burnett said...

Hushpuppies!!! They're shoes aren't they?

PattiKen said...

Fried catfish and hush puppies! Now you're talking, y'all!