Thursday, December 24, 2009

Be Happy You Were Never Served Rabbit on a Submerged Nuclear Sub?

.... Rabbit, at least that is what we had been told.

It was the first and last time I ever tried the dish. Never expected it on a nuclear submarine, but we were often a laboratory for untold experiments.

Anyone else have the rabbit dining experience on a submerged, nuclear submarine? If not, it may have been an altogether different dining experience, and certainly a culinary experiment for the force: was the fried dish actually roof rabbit (roof hare as others call it)?

A few excerpts from a very interesting site:

In 1885 an English newspaper reported the story of a woman convicted of trapping and butchering cats and selling them to people as rabbit meat. ... This recipe for "Roast Cat as It Should Be Prepared" is from Ruperto de Nola, Libro de Cozina, 1529: ... and when it is roasted carve it as if it were rabbit or kid and put it on a large plate; and take the garlic with oil mixed with good broth so that it is coarse, and pour it over the cat and you can eat it for it is a good dish. ... The Spanish expression "pasar gato por liebre" (to pass off a cat as a hare) and the Portuguese expression "Comprar gato por lebre" (to buy a cat as a hare) are derived from this practice and mean "to pull the wool over someone's eyes". - CATS - FRIEND OR FOOD? - Sarah Hartwell

Things could have been worse during our experimental era. Had we been on USS Skate (SSN-578), an appropriate experimental dinner may well have been this currently popular dish.

Submarines are always silent and strange.



At 25 December, 2009 23:51, Anonymous Anonymous said...

On my 1st patrol in '84, they served rabbit once or twice. I thought I was eating fried chicken until someone pointed out the differences in the leg/thigh I was eating. It didn't taste gamey or anything, so I just shrugged and kept on eating. Not an unenjoyable meal. Then again, I was 19-20 years old, and it was all part of the adventure.

I also had (mis)adventures with plastic cow, plastic eggs, and plastic meat.

At 29 December, 2009 11:29, Blogger Vigilis said...

Interesting, SM, thank you for adding. Until now, had not heard of hare fare on another boat, so it gives some comfort.

At 31 December, 2009 11:40, Blogger wtfdnucsailor said...

This occcurred in the mid sixties on one of the B girls (looks lke a nuc but was diesel) - While loading out for sea trials after overhaul, the SUPPO (a line officer) got a "deal" on some special meat. After the first meal, the CO ordered the rest of the special meat be cut up and sent out the TDU before returning to port. This special meat was rabbit. I never saw rabbit again on a submarine in twenty four years.

At 31 December, 2009 21:10, Blogger Vigilis said...

Thanks for stopping by, "Bill" Sheehan. That would definitely explain things in the late 60s era.

Submarine budgets were so tight with the Viet Conflict that our crew painted our boat in drydock to save the yard costs. Not complaining, just remarking. Those were heady decades, and am glad to have served!


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