ham tube is dead to me

12 Apr

So, a couple of Easters ago, I glazed a ham tube from Food Fight. The company that made said ham tube went out of business and there is a new tube in town. I was so excited to glaze it up for Easter… and it was just sad, really.

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First off, I should have been weary, what with it being a giant rectangle instead of the traditional tube. It was stringy, soft and spongy and had a off taste naturally. Thankfully our impromptu mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes, asparagus, dinner rolls and pickled beets saved the day and made up for the ham tube that wasn’t.

The holidays always make me nostalgic, even the ones we don’t really celebrate. Easter always makes me thinking of growing up with my grandparents. In honor of my Pappy, I made some fruit gel cocktail with some strawberry gel mix I picked up at Food Fight recently.

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I’ve always wondered how foods would really taste if we didn’t have an emotional connection to them. I love the way fruit cocktail grapes taste, with their skins so soft and etched. Would I really like them under other circumstances?

A random dinner from earlier this week:

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Whole wheat pasta with a randomly assembled creamy carrot and ginger sauce with chickpeas and some garlic brussels. If you can get over the fact that the sauce looks a bit like it was, um, recycled it was actually quite good.

I added some more pictures from the new book to my flickr account, so be sure to check out the nomminess!

More food soon!

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12 Responses to “ham tube is dead to me”

  1. shellyfish April 13, 2009 at 1:17 am #

    I hope you had a happy holiday. I must admit, the words “ham tube” scare me, but that’s just me πŸ™‚
    I was really missing my grandfather yesterday (he passed away 13 years ago) – he always made the cabbage salad for Easter dinner.
    Here’s to Grandfathers!

  2. jumbleberryjam April 13, 2009 at 4:46 am #

    Sorry about the rectangular letdown! The cookbook photos are awesome! Is 6:45am too early for kahlua cake?? πŸ˜‰

  3. vegtasticvoyage April 13, 2009 at 9:20 am #

    Have you tried the hamalikes at Fubonn? I’ve never had them (never liked ham), but I remember seeing roundy ham log things in the freezer.

    • Kris April 21, 2009 at 3:44 pm #

      I have tried one of the ham tubes at Fubonn. Only some of them are vegan. It was okay, but not knowing the quality of the ingredients kind of freak me out.

  4. Courtney April 13, 2009 at 2:00 pm #

    I think that sauce looks delicious and “cheesy”–yum!

    Courtney

  5. Andrea April 13, 2009 at 5:21 pm #

    Thanks for the laugh about the “recycled” sauce. Some things just don’t look their best in photos I guess.

    I know what you mean about those canned fruit cocktail grapes. There’s something comforting about that weird texture that must be by association. And those soft little pear cubes. Now I’m getting all sentimental…

  6. toxicangie April 14, 2009 at 8:03 am #

    your pictures look good πŸ™‚ although somehow the image I’m drumming up for “hamtube” is a little funny and strange… is/was it good?

    I’m a fan of those little cherrys in the cocktails.. mmm yum.

  7. Sarah April 14, 2009 at 12:02 pm #

    See, I disagree, I love ham tubes in any shape/size! Even the rectangular ham tube makes a mean Monte Cristo!
    The Easter meal looks yummy!!!

    • Kris April 21, 2009 at 3:43 pm #

      I agree that ham tubes can be good… just not this one in particular.

  8. Bethany April 19, 2009 at 12:26 pm #

    that sucks. there is a place I used to go to that had 2 different vegan hammy logs. we loved one, the other was just ok. they got rid of the one I loved and when I went there recently, none of their hammy logs were vegan. sad times until this weekend when I went to Squid & Ink and they serve hammy from a log.

    • Kris April 21, 2009 at 9:31 am #

      I need to go there, I haven’t been yet, but it’s on my list every time I’m in Seattle.

  9. Vaala April 20, 2009 at 2:18 pm #

    Just the name ‘ham tube’ sounds terribly weird and unappealing. But everything else on your easter plate looks delicious.

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