Let me tell you about it. And Tricia, pay close attention because this will fit in really well with your cultural cuisine class.
I did an internet search on recipes for macaroni pie which surprisingly lead me to recipes from Barbados and other parts of the Caribbean. As I read blogs and other information about macaroni pie I discovered that the way Granny made macaroni pie was pretty much the way it is made in the Caribbean. Hmm. I pondered that little piece of information for a minute or two. Sooo…how did the macaroni pie recipe which is used in Barbados and the Caribbean end up in my grandmother’s backwoods kitchen in South Carolina? Something niggled at my brain from waaaaaaay back in 3rd grade when I had studied South Carolina history. With a few taps on my computer keys using the search words “South Carolina history” and a simple click on the first thing that popped up, which was a Wikipedia article, I was appropriately chastised. “The proprietary colony of Carolina was first settled at Charles Town (modern day Charleston) in 1670, mostly by immigrants from the British colony of Barbados in the Caribbean.”
Oh. Now ain’t that interesting.
So, I ask you, what family favorites do you have? Anything with an odd name? Anything that seems a little bit different than what people outside of your immediate childhood locality eat? Do you have any recipes that have been handed down through the generations? Do a little research; you might be surprised at what you learn.
Serve with just about anything. My favorites? A dinner of fried chicken, fresh-from-the-garden sliced tomatoes, fresh cucumbers, butter beans, mashed potatoes, biscuits, and banana pudding for dessert. Or hamburgers and hotdogs. Or Thanksgiving dinner. Or Christmas dinner. Or Easter dinner. Or all by itself for lunch the next day.
This post has been linked to Mom’s Crazy Cooking