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My Aunt Flabby
threatened to sit on me if I didn’t let her guest write a column for me asked, begged and pleaded to fill in for me this month. She mumbled, through bites of her between-breakfast-and-mid-morning-snack snack, something about my reference in last month’s column about the recession and something about recipes.
Finally, after she was done chewing and she could speak somewhat coherently, she said she wanted to share some Depression-era recipes with you, to help out with the economic trouble our country is experiencing right now. I finally relented but let me warn you, these recipes were handed down to her by relatives on the OTHER side of the family, not my parents’ side…
Hello, dear readers of my nephew’s column. I hope you enjoyed my holiday song parodies this past holiday season.
This month, I want to share with you my family’s most coveted recipes from the Great Depression. The reason for that, besides the fact that they are utterly scrumptious, is that we are going through some hard times now and we all need to save some money. But we still have to eat. Well, I don’t know about you but I know that I still have to eat. I ALWAYS have to eat! In fact, let me stop now to have my mid-morning snack.
Okay, I’m back. Writing about food makes me hungry. It’s my third favorite activity, right after cooking and eating! So, before I get distracted with more food, let me get started.
Potato Chip Omelet
I have some Spanish ancestors and so a popular main dish has always been an omelet, called a tortilla, not to be confused with the corn tortillas of Mexican cooking (ummmm, Mexican food, know I know where I’m going for lunch, Taco Smell!).
One of the most popular ingredients to add to a tortilla in Spain is potatoes. My mother would make potato tortillas for us all the time when I was growing up because we didn’t have a lot of money and eggs are cheap. Except that she HATED peeling potatoes so instead, she’d crumble some potato chips into the egg mixture and voila, we had a potato tortilla for lunch or dinner (Twit’s note: something tells me she had one all to herself as an appetizer)!
dozen eggs (Twit’s note: remember, Aunt Flabby, you’re writing for people with NORMAL appetites!)
Tablespoon of milk
Half a bag of potato chips
Salt and pepper to taste
Cooking oil or non-stick spray
Lightly coat a frying pan (preferably non-stick) with cooking oil or spray with non-stick cooking spray. Heat over medium-low heat. Beat the eggs, milk, salt and pepper together in a mixing bowl until the egg yolks have broken and the mixture is yellow. Pour the mixture into the pre-heated pan. Let it cook slowly, checking to make sure it doesn’t stick to the pan. After it has partially begun to harden, but while the top is still liquid (this should take about 5 to 10 minutes), crumble the potato chips onto the top of the tortilla. Let it cook over medium-low heat another 5 to 10 minutes or so. Remove the pan from heat but leave the burner on. Run a spatula around the edges to make sure the tortilla is not stuck to the pan. Put a plate over the tortilla in the pan, then while you hold the plate with one hand, flip the pan over. The tortilla should be on the plate; slide it top-side down back into the pan. Put the pan back on the stove and let it cook another couple of minutes, until the liquidy side becomes solid. Serves one. (Twit’s note: you mean serves one Aunt Flabby! This recipe should serve as many as four people, although I’d use cooked diced potatoes, not potato chips).
Hot Dog Soup
This is one of my FAVORITE all time recipes (Twit’s note: YUCK!)! I like it better than chicken soup!
4 hot dogs, cut into ½-inch sized pieces (you can substitute SPAM or if times are really tough, buy the chicken hot dogs which are cheaper)
2 medium sized yellow squash, sliced
1 small yellow onion, sliced
4 cups tomato juice
Salt and pepper to taste
Put all the ingredients into saucepan or pot large enough to hold all the ingredients. Bring to a boil then simmer over low heat for 10 to 15 minutes. Serves one (Twit’s note: this could probably serve more but who’d want to eat it?).
My nephew says this is all the space I have, so I guess I’ll have to stop there. Oh well, just in time for my between-mid-morning-snack-and-lunch snack. Enjoy!