Every so often I add a post about something other than writing, usually food related. In this case I was looking at something online and ran across some reviews on canned hams and on SPAM.
To many of the younger generation SPAM is an obnoxious thing haing little to do with food, instead the word brings to mind massive amounts of unwanted emails.
However, to me the name still brings up the salty goodness of a canned meat greatly appreciated in Hawaii and the South but unjustly reviled in most of the rest of the United States. In Hawaii almost every convenience store with a deli sells Musubi, which is just a slice of fried SPAM atop sushi rice and held together with a piece of nori (seaweed wrapper). Even McDonalds has SPAM and eggs on their breakfast menu.
However, to me the best way to eat SPAM is sliced and then fried in an iron skillet until it has a slight crust. The slices are then placed on white bread and slathered with mayonnaise (NOT salad dressing masquerading an an alternative to mayonnaise)..
I'm happy to report my sons developed an early liking for SPAM although my daughter never really developed the love for it that I have.
SPAM is also used in a now off-the-menu version of Pad Thai available in a local Thai restaurant. We use it to make a great fried rice, cutting the meat into cubes the size of the carrots hunks mixed in with frozen peas and carrots. A quick stir fry and then add them back into the rice at the end gives it an additional texture and a burst of flavor anytime you get a SPAM chunk in your forkful.
I'm pretty sure SPAM is also the perfect prepper and post apocalyptic meat since it can be eaten straight out of the can with no discernible loss in flavor although frying it does give it that crunchy crust I love so much.
I admit, I do like the low sodium version even better than the original but Hormel has now introduced BarBQ, turkey, and even a bacon addition to the SPAM family of products that I have to try one day.
SPAM takes me back to the days at my grandmother's when she'd make me a quick sandwich for lunch but for my grandmother even quick sandwiches had some amount of cooking hence SPAM instead of just a ham sandwich.
It's probably the memories as much as the taste that I appreciate.