I feel like writing, and since you're here, apparently you feel like reading it. I'm a picky eater, but "gastronomically adventurous". I'll eat anything once, but usually nothing gets a second shot. Since I have some fun on deck, and some more planned for the near future, you can read about it! This week I'll be doing genuine MREs for lunch at work. If you don't know what an MRE is, Google can clue you in, but I can summarize with "Army field lunch". I've had a few before, and they aren't bad, for what they are, but fine dining they are not.
Today is Menu 22, "Asian Beef Strips". It comes with fried rice, or so the brown cardboard box says! I didn't decide to write this until I was halfway done, so I don't have any good inventory/unboxing for you, I promise I'll do that tomorrow. I put the "fried rice" and "beef strips with vegetables" on a paper plate and nuked it. I used the MRE heater last week, and while that's super-awesome for folks in the woods who can't have or don't want a fire, it's pretty meh as heating goes. Since I'm in an office with refrigerator and microwave, I'll use those whenever I feel it's in my interest.
The whole MRE, entree half-gone, sorry: http://i.imgur.com/zi2j8Ng.jpg
So beef. Very rice. Much wow. Smells slightly salty, like Dinty Moore beef stew. Not necessarily a bad association to shoot for, I guess. Flavor is correspondingly bland, salty, ever so slight hint of peppery spice. Not bad.
The rice, however, is chunky and hard in weird places. I'm thinking this is one of those MREs that gets better the longer you leave it in the back of the humvee, there's little to no texture to lose, and the weird hard chewy bits in the rice would give up and mush after a while.
There's a standard packet of stuff I won't need. I don't like coffee and even coffee people revile instant. PASS. There's a huge brown plastic sleeve that apparently makes hot chocolate, or something very similar. It's 93F outside today, so again PASS. There were some "Twizzler brand Nibs" in the MRE when I opened it, but I opened it at my house and my toddler apparently lifted those. Note to DOD folks: Making the candy in the MRE a bright pink/red crinkly plastic bag makes it a high priority target for pilferage.
Pause for another bite of "beef/rice". My air quotes are getting tired. The entree seems to be solidifying as it cools. Kind of gel-like now. This is not making it any more desirable.
There is "bread" in a brown wrapper. It claims to be wheat bread, but the list of ingredients is actually kind of scary. Shelf stable bread doesn't come easily. Since i don't like blackberry jam, I'm going to save this for another time. That's a pro for MREs, I guess. If you don't feel like eating it, and you haven't opened the sub-package, you can toss it in a bag and keep it for a rainy day. Not a lot of work lunches offer that option.
Bread, jam and peanut butter: http://i.imgur.com/gB1T4Ac.jpg
Scary ingredients (I will eat this some time and add notes): http://i.imgur.com/iDGE32s.jpg
I let the last few forkloads get cold while I was typing. That was not a great idea. Noted.
That was mostly like food. I'll do another MRE tomorrow if there's interest, possibly through the end of the week. I'm budgeting for lunch next week, though, so I probably won't document my more mundane usual lunches. I have a standing date with haggis sometime, but I'll take suggestions for lunch ideas for next week.