Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Ellipsis - Monday Photo Shoot: SNACKS

Carly from Ellipsis asks us to photograph our favorite snacks this week. Mine goes along nicely with last week's nap assignment: Graham crackers and milk!

I tend to snack on something for awhile, then get tired of it and move on to something else. This month, or this season, it's:

This was one of my favorite childhood snacks. So I guess it's comfort food for me.
There is a very specific system to eating them that must be followed!

1. Assemble the equipment:
Grahams, milk (should be in a wide mouth glass), spoon.

2. Split the crackers into quarters.
(Product may vary as to how fully they are scored -
you may not end up with an exact quarter.)
3. Dip each quarter to exactly half its length in to the milk.
4. Soak for 20-25 seconds
(this depends on your altitude and the humidity;
also, product freshness may affect soaking time).
Cracker should be soft enough so there's no crunch,
but not so soft that it falls off the solid half.
This obviously takes a lot of practice.

5. After you've eaten the soft half, drop the other half directly into the glass.
(This is where the spoon comes in.)
6. Soak for 20-25 seconds, spoon out and eat (see #4 for precautions).
7. At the end of your session, if there is some milk left, you may drink the rest.
There will be some graham cracker sludge in the glass. This is quite tasty too.

Graham crackers come in a variety of flavors now (this wasn't true 50 years ago). These days I favor cinnamon grahams. Under no circumstances should you spread butter or frosting on a graham cracker. The only other recommended use is for S'mores or, on occasion, ground up as a crust for cheesecake.

Here's an interesting tidbit about graham crackers from Wikipedia:

[The graham cracker] was originally conceived of as a health food as part of the Graham Diet, a regimen to suppress what he considered unhealthy carnal urges, the source of many maladies according to Graham. Reverend Graham would often lecture about the adverse effects of masturbation or "self-abuse" as he called it. One of his many theories was that one could curb their sexual appetite by eating bland foods. Another man who held this belief was Dr.John Harvey Kellogg, the inventor of the corn flakes cereal.
Hm, maybe they're not so GRRRRRRRREAT!


Carly said...

Hi Terri :)

OH my, yes. I have loved Graham Crackers since I was a wee one. I keep a small pkg of Teddy Grahams with me when I go out with the camera, because sometimes I forget to eat. And I just saw yesterday "Banana Teddy Grahams!" What flavor will the come up with next? ;) Great entry!

Jientje said...

What a fun post!!!
I enjoyed it, I'm not sure they sell graham's crackers in Belgium, but you made me hungry!

Terri said...

Jientje, I don't know about Belgium, but apparently in the UK, digestive biscuits are somewhat like graham crackers. Digestive biscuits - that name always cracks me up. Sounds like antacid.

Suzanne R said...

Oh my, you're making me hungry for graham crackers and milk! I like the way you detailed your system of eating them. I have loved them since childhood, too, although I mainly just eat them plain and drink the milk alongside.

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