As an orphan, I traveled and lived in various parts of the United States. During my teens though, I grew up in the South. THE South. Like, rebel flags and mud-bogging and gator south.
My many mommies (my friends’ moms) took me in during that time, and I tried foods I had NEVER tried before: some I loved, some I hated 😆
I want to share this today 🙂 Some of these may not be southern, that’s just my first experience of them.
LOVED: Corned Beef Hash
Down at the mom and pop diners and at my friends’ homes, there was a thing called corned beef hash. Beef + hashbrowns + all seasoned and fried and so very yum! Salty, greasy goodness 🤤 I must have been 14 when this blew my mind.
I was familiar with oatmeal and cream of wheat. Surely, grits were all the same. Nope! I put a mouthful of watery sand in my mouth and went YUCK! My friend said, deadpan, “Just put more butter in it.” 😂 What! I ate ’em, but I didn’t like ’em.
This one I don’t think is southern (not sure?), but I first tried it in the south when I was like 16 or 17. You mean to tell me ya’ll figured out a way to make one giant meatball?? What! This is awesome!
HATED: Sweet Tea
I wanted “soda,” my northern friend wanted “pop,” and our other friend said “sweet tea!” So I took a big swig and… not. a. fan. The tea is brown. The sugar is kinda nice, but it literally tasted like water that’s a little off with sugar in it. Mmm, no thanks!
This one I didn’t try until just a few years back, courtesy of my cajun husband. He doesn’t eat seafood though, so I feel I might be missing out 😄 Gumbo is like this slowly simmered, thick stewy soup full of chicken and spicy sausage and it’s all hot flavor and love! ❤️ Oh, and it is served over rice.
There’s also other things I experienced for the first time in the south, like squirrels, possums (oooh, weird and cute!), and of course… gators!
From experience I would say: don’t believe everything you hear on the internet/TV about the deep south. It is a wonderful place full of rich culture, kind people, and delicious foods!
안녕! Bye! Ciao!