Gut Rumbles

July 07, 2004

more food for thought

A comment by the mad ogre on a previous post set me to thinking. He said, "Grits?
I love grits. When I was in Basic Training, Grits was the only think I could eat and keep down. Everything else would get thrown up. Grits saved my life!"

One of the reasons I want to try some vegemite is because of the visceral hatred some people have for it. Many people also have a visceral hatred for grits, which I LOVE, so I calculate that I'm a likely candidate to taste vegemite and say... "Hum. Not bad once you figure out how to eat it."

If you've ever been sick as a dog where nothing would stay in your stomach, forget about oatmeal and soup. Try a bowl of grits. I'm not talking about that five-minute jiffy shit, either. That ain't REAL grits. REAL grits takes 15 minutes to cook in a pot on the stove while you stir them until they get thick and glue-like. If you don't season the grits, they won't taste like much, but they'll settle nicely in an upset stomach. You can feed grits to a baby and never get an upchuck.

When my mama was recovering from her last round of chemo, she had trouble eating ANYTHING... except grits. She LIVED on grits for about a week. All you yankees and limeys can look down your snotty noses at grits and make disparaging comments all you want to, but it won't change my mind.

I like grits. I've eaten them for a long time, and if I live to be a toothless, dottering old man, I'll STILL be eating grits. Cooked right, grits are one of nature's most perfect foods. I believe that it's a case of either you like them, or you don't. But I'll bet that a lot of grit-haters never even TASTED grits.

Just do like I'm doing with vegemite. Don't knock it until you've tried it.


I've found that most people are either Marmite or Vegemite eaters and very few like both.

What exactly are grits?

Posted by: RanK on July 7, 2004 06:38 PM

Short short version (and someone correct me if I'm wrong), but it's corn soaked in lye, then ground up and boiled.

I've tried 'em when I was soldiering around, didn't like 'em. But I picked up a love of biscuits and gravy when I was in the Army.

Posted by: Raging Dave on July 7, 2004 07:09 PM

UGh, I hate corn, it ranks up there with vegemite

Posted by: RanK on July 7, 2004 08:11 PM

Grits are OK. Kinda bland without any seasoning, though.

You rednecks can keep the scrapple, though. Blech...

Posted by: rightisright on July 7, 2004 09:01 PM

Rank, grits don't taste like corn, they taste like the fried eggs you smoosh in 'em.

Posted by: Peter on July 7, 2004 09:56 PM

Peter knows how to eat grits, although grits are very good with fried fish or shrimp, too.

Posted by: Acidman on July 7, 2004 09:58 PM

I loooove grits! Mmmm....with butter and cheese and pepper! Grits are actually popular out here in California at some of the frou frou restaurants.....but they hide under the name *Polenta*. Either way, I love em.

I've never had vegemite, but my sister lived in Australia for several years and came to love vegemite. She said that it's an aquired taste and rather salty, but once you get used to it, you just have to have it all the time. She would have it on toast for breakfast most mornings.

Posted by: DogsDon'tPurr on July 7, 2004 10:49 PM

You hate corn? Dang, you're some sort of furriner, ain't ya?

Hell, there's nothing so good as an ear of fresh cooked corn with real butter... Soak 'em in water, husks and all, and toss 'em on the grill with your steaks or chicken.

That's good eating, right there. I may have hated Kansas for a lot of things when I lived there, but during corn season I was praising that state.

Posted by: Raging Dave on July 7, 2004 10:50 PM

Ah grits! I never ate them until I was married to a gal who had lived quite a while in South Alabama, she made them with onions, chopped bacon, and hot was great!

Posted by: John Cunningham on July 7, 2004 11:49 PM

Grits are a prohibited import in Australia.

Vegemite, on the other hand, is produced in vast quantities, force fed to pre-schoolers to ensure a life long addiction, and is primarily responsible for our sporting prowess, exceptionally good looking blokes and sheilas, and ability to consume enormous quantities of beer.

The Vegehegemony is on the march!

Posted by: Henry Blowfly on July 8, 2004 12:19 AM

No true American hates corn! It's good as it gets in any form. Corn Bread with butter and honey, corn tortillas, (I hate flour tortillas, they taste like glob), corn on the cob, (line 'em UP!), I've never had grits, but if they are the same as Polenta, (s'posed to be Greek?) then they are good six ways fron Sunday.
How many other corn foods can you name?

Posted by: wes jackson on July 8, 2004 01:07 AM

Damn people make me hungry, now I have to go cook. Damn.

Posted by: James Old Guy on July 8, 2004 08:18 AM

Rob - Even though I grew up in Kansas and Mother's family was from Missouri and Dad was from Texas, I don't recall having grits until thirty years ago when I was in flight school in Vero Beach, Fl. Then I had grits for breakfast every day at the Driftwood Inn, (great place), and loved 'em. Damn, missed out on them for nearly half my life. (Glad you had a good time yesterday and yes, Mama and Daughter are both beautiful). All the best, Terry

Posted by: Terry Reynolds on July 8, 2004 09:34 AM

Grits seems to be a food that is the same most places, 'cept how ya eat them.

I take my with butter and sugar. Like one might eat malt-o-meal or cream of wheat.

I had a roomie that ate the stuff with salt and butter.

I've heard people eat them with cheese, hot sauce, pepper .. you name it.

Posted by: GT on July 8, 2004 10:12 AM

Salt, Pepper, and a bit of butter...
Butter and Brown Sugar...
Eggs, fried, sunny side up...
Eggs, scrabbled with bacon and ham and some cheese...
Crawdads and peppers...
Made right, Grits can be a vehicle for anything.

They are not only settling, but very filling and satisfiying. A heaping helping of grits will hold me all day.

Posted by: Ogre on July 8, 2004 01:17 PM
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