One of the highlights of that salad or sandwich was a can or two of Spam. In fact I still really enjoy a can for my supper or a light lunch. Only recently my youngest daughter asked me what it was so I duly explained. She asked if she could help me produce supper. We made the most delicious curried SPAM® pilaff, its was quick easy and delicious, she had it for her supper and really enjoyed it.
In this day and age we are bombarded with all sorts of information about the food we eat. Some good and some not so good. But I look back on my growing up years with great affection. My parents were not well off by any stretch of the imagination, but we always had well cooked, simple food, a philosophy that I have carried right through my professional career. Included in that diet were certain foods that I remember really well, one of which was Spam.
For me there’s a lot of chin rubbing when I hear certain chefs publicly not approving of certain foods these days, then eating them or giving them to their families quietly. A recent survey in broadsheet newspaper asked 6 chefs what convenience foods they secretly adored. All went to great lengths to say they would NEVER use them in their businesses, but did like them privately. Hello, what’s the difference?
SPAM® for me has the feeling of growing up, coupled with being rather tasty and delicious and also strangely comforting. That’s why I’m more than happy to sing its praises, along with the other 5 billion can buyers over the last 73 years.
So why not share your own SPAM® recipe and join the Cook of the Year 2010 competition. To get you started here's one of my recipes to get your SPAM® tastebuds jumping. For more recipes ideas go to my Recipes section and click on Brands 'Spam' or for even more go to the SPAM® website.
MILD CURRIED SPAM™ PILAFF WITH CASHEW NUTS
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes in total
Serves: 4-6 persons