Frontier Former Editor

September 2, 2007

The joys of re-enacting, or designer SPAM and potted meat

Sometimes I go wandering through my IE favorites to see what stuff I bookmarked for a particular project.

I’ve got a lot of projects. Too many projects.

Being an inveterate modeler, I’ve always found the Internet to be a treasure trove of quick research for all those kits I’ll never build or will partially build. But after last week’s essay on school lunches and canned food at Teeny Manolo, I remembered the time last year when I was working on a figure of a German infantryman and started looking for info on helmet covers (yep, the hobby can get strange . . . .)

And as I scrolled down the faves list, there it was, a website devoted to reproduction field rations.

While I’m a historian by education and often interested in minutae as well as broad strokes, I’m not sure I’d pay the equivalent price of a steak dinner for this:


Especially since half of it is available on grocery shelves today.

And then there’s the menu available for today’s re-enactors of German or Russian military history:


Leberwurst, or liver spread to you – well, maybe this isn’t found in cans inshelves, but . . .



Sprat, or Russian canned sardine/brisling/anchovy/small food fish


And when you think you’ve seen it all . . .


yes, Russian SPAM 

An acquainatance of mine at a paper where I once worked was a Civil War enthusiast. One day, he came to work bearing a tupperware container and offering samples of his latest culinary endeavor – authentic government-issue (I didn’t bother to ask if it was Union or Confederate) hardtack.

The only thing missing was the weevils.


  1. WnpoMbl is pronounced “sprat” ?

    Looks more like it’s a rooskie can of Whoopass.

    I would totally eat that.
    I’m not big on the anchovies, but I adore sardines.

    One of my favorite Chinese grocery staples have the unfortunate name of ‘fishballs’.
    They’re like fishsticks, but round.
    They do probably contain piscean scrotes. It is China, afterall.

    Comment by The Bagel of Everything — September 2, 2007 @ 10:44 pm

  2. Or lead and arsenic.

    I’d eat anchovies in a St. Petersburg minute.

    Comment by Frontier Former Editor — September 2, 2007 @ 10:49 pm

  3. Lemme know when the hits start rolling in for ‘piscean scrotes’.
    Google says the phrase has never ever been used before in the history of the internets.
    You’re welcome. Now I am sleepy.

    Comment by The Bagel of Everything — September 3, 2007 @ 2:28 am

  4. What’s new about this? I get TONS of Russian Spam every damn day.

    PS UB blogrolled, yo.

    Comment by raincoaster — September 4, 2007 @ 2:05 am

  5. Unfortunately, fried spam sandwiches were a staple when I was growing up, washed down with plenty of Kool-aid.

    It’s a wonder I have any teeth or bones at all!

    Comment by azahar — September 4, 2007 @ 8:13 am

  6. I still love Spam.

    Comment by Frontier Former Editor — September 4, 2007 @ 2:34 pm

  7. Oven-roasted turkey roll Spam … mmmm!

    Comment by Metro — September 4, 2007 @ 4:22 pm

  8. Cubed Spam and scrambled eggs, yummmmm yum!

    Comment by Frontier Former Editor — September 4, 2007 @ 9:32 pm

  9. There’s a Spam restaurant in the Phillipines. They love them some sweetened meat byproducts!

    Comment by raincoaster — September 4, 2007 @ 10:56 pm

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  11. The U.S. had a global chain of Spam restaurants a while back . . . .

    Comment by Frontier Former Editor — September 7, 2007 @ 7:12 am

  12. Whenever I check my GMail spam file there are actually ads that show up at the top and side of the page with recipes for various ways of preparing Spam.

    Spam … salty ‘mystery meat’ product in a tin. What’s to prepare?

    Comment by azahar — September 7, 2007 @ 8:34 am

  13. Azahar: Holy crap! I have noticed the ads for spam recipes, but didn’t make the connection between them and the spam folder.
    That’s just brilliant!

    Comment by The Bagel of Everything — September 7, 2007 @ 9:16 am

  14. Actually, some of those Google spam recipes aren’t half bad.

    Comment by raincoaster — September 12, 2007 @ 4:57 am

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