Pizza from Scratch, 97

13 September, 2007

Did badgers bring the British Army?

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When I was seven, my family spent a week or two at the beach. It was a special section of beach reserved for training for the National Guard and other military branches. This meant the dunes behind the beach were littered with brass from fired blank rounds, and links for machine gun ammo belts. My younger brother Greg and I both collected long belts of spent blanks, and other discards that were fascinating to boys whose father was an Air Guard jet fighter pilot.

Among the debris was the occasional C-ration can. Most of them were empty and rusted. Yet there had been one group, Navy Reserve "Sea Bees," (C. B.: Construction Battalions) who had tossed all the cans they didn't like over the nearest dune, where Greg and I found them.

We found over a hundred good cans, and it was all kid food: beans and franks, tuna, scrambled egs and ham, peanut butter, jams and jellies, cheese spread, and in some cans crackers and candy. We took them all home, and over the better part of a year, they were an occasional special treat.

So I have this badger couple looking around the countryside, finding the occasional foil laminate packages of British field rations. I'm just guessing that they use technology similar to that used by the U.S. armed forces. "Spotted Dick" is a real name for some British dish, about which I can recall nothing else.