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Food maketh the Man

Looking at food from another perspective- that which drives the armies of the world. 

 
Over here in Singapore, we have quite a wide range of MREs to choose/trade around, from Asian stuff like Chicken Porridge, Fried Noodles, Bobo Chacha (a sweet coconut based dessert) to Western cuisine- Pasta, pasta and more pasta. Aside from the typical MREs, there’s a lot of other shit thrown in our packs, Horlicks Candy, Sweet fruit favored tea, Smarties(shitty M&Ms), Fruit bars (I personally love these), Biscuits, Instant noodles (usually taken raw), 3 in 1 Milo (also at times taken raw), Packet drinks, Canned drinks- the list goes on.On on hand, i guess, it’s hard to take Singaporeans away from their food. I mean you’re out in the jungle, its 31 degrees, the mosquitoes are biting through your slacks, camo on, its fucking raining while the sun is out, the foxhole’s halfway done, but when it’s time to eat, all the problems seem to fade away.

Also, we’re kinda conscripted to they have to give us that.

A quick peek at what’s for dinner.

Based on these pictures and descriptions, certain nuances and cultural elements be identified? Can you guess which country do these MRES/Combat rations hail from?

 

This ration pack contains several sachets of grapefruit and exotic juice powder to add to water, and Italian biscotti, but also more familiar treats such as liver-sausage spread and rye bread, goulash with potatoes, and for breakfast sour cherry and apricot jams.
While there are Bear Paws snacks in this ration pack, there’s the shocking omission of maple syrup. You have the choice of salmon fillet with Tuscan sauce or vegetarian couscous for the main meal. There is also the makings of a peanut butter and jelly (raspberry jam) sandwich for breakfast.
Almond poppy seed pound cake, cranberries, spiced apple cider  and peanut butter and crackers make up this very ______  meal package. The main – pasta with vegetable “crumbles” in spicy tomato sauce – is less traditional, but the “flameless heater” shows off _____  tech skills – just add water to the powder in a plastic bag and it heats up enough to warm the plastic meal pouch.
A streamlined but sophisticated ration pack offers soldiers deer pâté, cassoulet with duck confit, creole-style pork and a crème chocolate pudding. There is also a disposable heater, some coffee and flavoured drink powder, muesli for breakfast and a little Dupont d’Isigny caramel.
This ration pack contains a breakfast shot of 40% alcohol cordiale, a powdered cappuccino, lots of biscotti, and a disposable camping stove for heating parts of the meal, including a pasta and bean soup, canned turkey and a rice salad. Dessert is a power sport bar, canned fruit salad or a muesli chocolate bar.
This pack is dotted with familiar brands from Kenco coffee and Typhoo tea to a mini bottle of Tabasco. The main courses include the ____ favourite, chicken tikka masala, and a vegetarian pasta. There’s also pork and beans for breakfast, and lots of sweets and snacks from trail mix to an apple “fruit pocket” that looks like it might not be out of place in a school lunchbox. Plus packets of Polos and, of course, plenty of teabags.
Stuffed peppers, chicken-meat pâté, smoked sprats, and liver sausage with potatoes make an eclectic menu here. Plus, crispbreads on the side, and halva with vanilla for dessert. Breakfast is muesli, a fruit pocket and honey.
This particular ration pack has more small treats than any of the others. Most of it is packaged by the military, from a serving of love-it-or-hate-it Vegemite to jam sandwich biscuits and a tube of sweetened condensed milk. The bag includes a can-opener-cum-spoon for getting at the Fonterra processed cheddar cheese, and main meals of meatballs and chilli tuna pasta. There are lots of sweets and soft drinks, and two unappetising-looking bars labelled “chocolate ration”.
The  pack has American technology (the flameless heater) but British tastes. There is Earl Grey tea, beans and bacon in tomato sauce, a golden oatie biscuit and Rowntree’s Tooty Frooties.
This lunch pack has cans of green beans with ham, squid in vegetable oil, and pate. There is also a sachet of powdered vegetable soup, peach in syrup for dessert and crackers handed out to go with the meal in place of bread (not shown). There is a disposable heater with matches and fuel tabs, as well as lots of tablets: Vitamin C, glucose, water purification, and rehydration.

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Foodism

Breakfast at Night: Bacon & Eggs

Using food as medium to instigate changes through perspective and environment which ultimately lead to a change in the atmosphere.

Imagine being served breakfast late into the night, or a 5 course meal in the middle of a coffee shop.

Phenomenology

This shift in the atmosphere might lead to whole new range of interpretations, reactions  and sensations through the consumption of said food. And based on these physical and metaphysical alterations  lead to different triggers to our memory.