So this year my daughter turned 12, (okay, so she turned 12 in 2015 so I guess she turned 12 last year) and what is the daughter of a former Air Cadet and Army Reservist to do? She joined Sea Cadets.
As a proud member of RCSCC 335 Calgary she was off to a seamanship competition this past weekend and in addition to winning the provincials, she and her team (and the rest of the Calgarys) spent the weekend eating field rations. Now in my day (oh so long ago) Canadian Forces field rations were outstanding–not only did they meet your dietary needs they also tasted good (well, except the Hungarian goulash and lung-in-a-bag).
My daughter’s rations apparently weren’t that good (to be fair and honest, I’m not sure they’re actually Canadian Forces field rations–they could be American or civilian or some other source of mush-in-a-bag). To provide to me their lack of quality she provided me the following item for lunch:
Stamped on the nondescript green pouch it says “Spaghetti with Beef & SCE“. I have no idea what SCE is, but here’s what it looks like once heated:
All that said, I tackled the challenge head on and ate my issued ration of spaghetti with beef & SCE–there’s even photographic proof:
Surprisingly enough, it was actually good–better than Chef Boyardee. Now either I was lucky enough to get the one decent meal they issued, or my child has no idea what bad rations would taste like. Compared to Hungarian goulash, this was gourmet.