Bubble and Squeak...
Jan. 21, 2012 7:50 pm
Updated: Jan. 22, 2012 3:20 pm
I know that some time ago, I babbled about bubble and squeak, but for some reason this evening, I got to thinking about it once again.... Last time, I had made some of leftover veg's, but this time, I wanted a bit of history.
My British cookbook claims simply that it's a way to use up leftover veg's, given it's name by the sounds it makes in the pan over a flame... Now, my years in England, I don't recall ever sitting down to a serving, but that doesn't mean that I never did...
it was, afterall, a lifetime ago!
The recipe, apparently, dates back to the late 1700's, though it has been varied much over time, and by the number of cooks who have made it. Tonight, I stumbled upon a website ( blog, I believe,) that quoted:
... then slice the beef, and souse that and the cabbage, both in a frying pan together, and let it bubble and squeak over a charcoal fire, for half an hour, three minutes, and two seconds.... I find it humorous as to the terminology, and the exactness of such...
would it be ruined if it was cooked one second less, or more?
Robert Browning wrote in "Holy-Cross Day,"
Fee, faw, fum! bubble and squeak!
Blessedest Thursday's the fat of the week.
Rumble and tumble, sleek and rough,
Stinking and savoury, smug and gruff,
Take the church-road, for the bell's due chime,
Gives us the summons - tis sermon time!
The dish became extremely popular during "the depression" (of which era I don't know...) but apparently was mostly a combo of leftover meat and cabbage... in Britain, that is... The Irish called their similar, Colcannon, and I'm wondering if potatoes may
have been "added" to the dish there and in that era.
Personally, I've made bubble and squeak twice, and have used l/o mashed potatoes and cabbage, however the second time, I became a little more adventurous. Are potatoes and cabbage "required" to qualify by the name? I have no clue, but must admit, that smushing
a whole variety of l/o veg's, and perhaps even some meat, might just make a bubbling/squeaking pan of leftovers, a second meal around!
So, there you have the "basics" of Bubble and Squeak, I guess. I have to admit, that the first time, I found it rather boring, but the second time, I made it "to suit me..." and it was pretty darn good! I wonder if I could do similar with l/o stir fry and
rice? I might just have to try that tomorrow, to attempt to use up more l/o's!
My next "soup" will be Matzo Ball... but I have to go fetch ingredients, so "M" won't happen until I'm next at the grocery (perhaps tomorrow) so hang in there... My next is on the horizon! Meantime:
be healthy, be happy, be crazy!