Odd Traditions

When I was young, we had some rather odd dinner traditions for the night before Christmas.  I have four siblings.  My youngest sister arrived when my oldest sister was nineteen, but the traditions must have been constant, because I’ve heard both of them reminisce about them.

My mother made oyster stew for Christmas Eve.  I think she made it to please my father.  Personally I wouldn’t have touched it with a ten-foot pole.  Some of the family left the oysters behind, but sipped the broth, but Dad liked it all.  I don’t think I was the only kid who didn’t care for the stew, so in addition, someone made grilled cheese sandwiches, which was just fine with me.  I was too excited about opening presents to really care what was on the table.

There was one other meal that my family ate that I considered odd.  It wasn’t tied to Christmas, but was an occasional Saturday night special.  Dad would cook a lot of bacon.  He would save the fat to cook sliced onions, and then he would scramble eggs in the same pan.  I don’t think he drained the fat.  As I recall, it was a greasy mess!  It was served on toast as a sandwich, and some of us added ketchup to it.  Frankly, it’s one meal I have never recreated, and don’t miss, but my sisters speak of it lovingly.  Sorry, Dad.  I’d rather have one of your grilled steaks.

Someone in the family came up with a variation on a peanut butter sandwich that I still like!
You slather white bread with crunchy peanut butter, then add a spoonful of what we called “piccalilli.”  Probably most of you know that as sweet relish.  It’s grilled like a grilled cheese sandwich.  I love it!  I haven’t had one so far this winter.  I believe I’ll be treating myself this coming week. Of all the food that I’ve described, this sandwich is the only one my husband will not eat.  He just doesn’t know what he’s missing! *G*

I’m confident that I’m not the only one who has been a part of odd family dining traditions.  Care to share yours with me?


11 thoughts on “Odd Traditions

  1. Not that it was a family tradition, but I loved peanut butter and mayonaise sandwiches. Sure, honey and jelly are good, but mayo is the best. I haven’t had it for a while though . . .

    Bacon grease is the BEST for cooking anything in. Although too much is probably a bit on the “interesting” side.

  2. Oyster stew is comfort food, to me. I, like Bogie, enjoy a peanut butter sandwich with mayo (well, OK, I use Kraft’s Miracle Whip, usually “light”, these days) and, often, a bit of sweet pickle relish; but, a slivered dill pickle spear or thinly sliced cucumber or even celery will serve nicely in the place of the pickle relish. I tried a grilled peanut butter sandwich, once. I’ll let others enjoy that particular treat. But then, I put sweet pickle relish (or one of the substitutes – with chopped onion) atop a bowl of chili! WIWAK, we sometimes put a bit of honey on the peanut butter instead of “Mayo”.

    Hunky Husband and I always have Rolla Rolls and milk (HH) or Constant Comment tea (me) for breakfast on Christmas morning. I miss having Bogie and Dudette to share them with us.

  3. Bogie, I’ll have to suggest the idea of peanut butter and mayo to Dear Husband, although if he tries it, he’ll probably reach for the Miracle Whip (which I see Cop Car likes).

    I’ve made some changes in how I cook, and bacon grease rarely shows up in this house as a fat for flavoring or frying foods. The Shrimp Bog I served Christmas Eve, used bacon, and some of the fat for flavoring and to saute the veggies. I LOVE German Potato salad, but we rarely eat it because of the high fat, and sodium counts from the bacon Every now and then I just can’t resist it, and I’ll make a small amount of it. I use mayo for deviled eggs and potato salad, and we’ve cut back on those too. Darn it all!

    Cop Car, you are one of the most inventive “foodies” I know! I’d try slivered dill pickle, sliced cucumber or celery, now that you’ve mentioned it! *G* I’m very surprised that you’d pass on the grilled version of the sandwich. You can have my share of the oyster stew. It just doesn’t do anything for me.

    Hugssssssss to you both, on this Boxing Day!

  4. I always use Miracle Whip, but I am so used to these Eastern seaboard people saying “Yuck, Miracle Whip is disgusting”, that I just call anything of that persuasion mayo. I don’t think I have ever bought true mayo in my life!

    Used to love oyster stew. Can’t eat it any more – the last several times I’ve eaten oysters, I’ve spent the night regretting it. I miss oysters and clams!

    • Fred will eat either mayo or Miracle Whip, but he really prefers Miracle Whip. I must be one of those Easterners you’re talking about, because I’d rather not eat something if it’s made with MW. IT’s a shame that you can’t eat oyster stew any longer. Sometimes it’s just better to give it up rather than cope with the upsets.

  5. Buffy–Something that I like: a handful of mixed greens placed into the bowl before I ladle steaming-hot (Texas style) chili into it. Mmmmmmm!

    Boge–Bummer that part of your aging process has seemingly included food sensitivities. Fortunately, from my viewpoint if not my weight’s, that has not been part of my aging regime. I do recall having lost 14 pounds in a few weeks during pregnancy (with Dudette) when the only thing I could keep down was vanilla ice cream. Somehow, I don’t think that a vanilla ice cream regimen would produce those results, today!

  6. P.S. Re-reading the posting and comments, I took time out to go have a bowl of oyster stew. I’ve had a sore throat and cough for the past few days and need the comfort food. Delish!

    • I’m sorry to hear that you aren’t feeling well, Cop Car. Keep up the comfort food. Try chicken noodle soup next!

  7. My favorite is peanut butter and dill pickle sandwhiches, when i was let’s say younger, i would take to camp trips. My family was always kidding me, but I could also fish with my sandwhich, and I always got a fish.But I am in the land of Elvis.

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