Inspired by alkapal's thread http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/553823, about the odd food creations brought to us by our mom's. I wanted to devote a little space to the oddities of Dad's cooking/creative appoaches to cooking. While my Mom had a few doozies, abundance of jello salads and pickle juice pork chops, My Dad was the real winner for stange approaches to cooking and eating.
My mother often worked nights so my dad was left to come up with dinner on many occasions. What he lacked in culinary experinence he made up for in flare.The highlights:
-Mash Parties: Mash potatos with some random veggies and ground beef, eaten while watching "Mash" the T.V. show (this one became so popular that Mom even started to whip this one out
)-Hot Dog Pic-nic: Go find a stick outside, then spear & cook your own hot dog in the fire place, while sitting on a checked table cloth on the floor.
-Flower salads: We would go on a long walk and pick edible flowers, pansies, ferns and the like, then toss them in the salad.
-Olives Pickles and Cheese: This was probably the most common. Juice was poured in wine glasses and we ate olives pickles and cheese along with toasted white bread. This while my father would try to teach us his version of fractured french. Cheese always consisted of the heavily processed varities and sometimes sliced tomatoes with Mrs. Dash lemon pepper were thrown into the mix. (I've recently witnessed my sister pulling this one out on her kids)
What are your stories and recipes?