If I had a pound for every time a socially inadequate person has asked me....
'Beast' they beg ,
'As a gourmand , sex symbol and all round arbiter of good taste , where on earth did spam come from , and what can I do with it???'.
Fear not 'Desperate of Boscombe*' . The Beast is here to help .
Originally called Hormel's Spiced Ham (doesn't that just trip off the tongue) and is made from pork shoulder , ham , salt , water and sugar plus sodium nitrate (to keep the colour). When its market share began to fail in the 1930's , a naming competition was held to re market the culinary wonder and the legend of Spam was born.
The Beast fondly remembers crusty rolls with butter and spam , that Ma Beasty always used to pack for the overnight car ride that started the Beastly family annual holiday.
Lest you think spam is solely a foodstuff of the great unwashed let me show a tantalising glimpse of its sophisticated foodiness
Ladies and gentlemen I have great pleasure in presenting a cocktail that your friends may never forgive you for.
1 can of Spam
1 tin anchovies
2 12 oz cans of beer
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 cup chopped parsley
1/4 cup chopped scallions
pepper to taste
Put in blender
Serve chilled with celery stick and cocktail umbrella **
PS . This is a genuine beverage and strangely delicious , pinched from John Strong's Shrine to Spam :-)
** probably best tried with a lavatory close by for those of a delicate constitution