POST CIVIL WAR FOOD- BISCUITS AND GRAVY - THE BISCUIT - DIED OUT IN ENGLAND- PRESERVED IN AMERICA

The dish gained regional distinction after the Civil War when food was in short supply.  Sawmill crews in Appalachian logging camps often survived on little more than coffee, biscuits and cream gravy—hence the popular term “sawmill gravy.” 

The biscuit emerged as a distinct food type in the early 19th century, before the American Civil War. Cooks created a cheap to produce addition for their meals that required no yeast, which was expensive and difficult to store.

Soft biscuits are common to Scotland and Guernsey and that the term biscuit as applied to a soft product was retained in these places, and in America, whereas in England it has completely died out…

Confederate Biscuits

2 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

¼ teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

6 tablespoons shortening

2/3 cup buttermilk

Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Cut in shortening until mixture is the consistency of meal. Stir in buttermilk. Form mixture into a ball; place on a floured surface and knead a few times. Pat out to about 1/4-inch thick. Cut with a small biscuit cutter. Place on an ungreased baking sheet and bake at 450 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes. Cut open and spread with a little butter.

http://www.ora.tv/brownbagwinetasting/article/alton-browns-ma-mays-biscuits—gravy-recipe

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/21/nyregion/recipes-adapted-from-cookbooks-of-the-civil-war-era.html?_r=0

Information from http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/news/2011/apr/06/its-all-gravy/

Immer dieses “lern doch einfach. Setzt dich hin und lerne!”
Aber keiner versteht, dass das alles nicht so einfach ist. Ich kann mich nicht hinsetzten und lernen. Es geht einfach nicht. Ich kann mich nicht konzentrieren, ich fange an zu zittern, bin vollkommen überfordert und muss weinen. Aber ja klar ist ja alles so leicht. Ich bin ja die die Klausuren schreiben muss und nicht ihr. Ich Kriegs nicht hin. Die Stimmen im Kopf sind zu laut. Ich halte es nicht mehr lange aus.

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i still can’t believe the way a few bones look had such a huge impact on me. The whole journey from a healthy young girl to someone constantly tormented by the thought of eating..and then back to health again. it’s funny but as i got thinner i thought  i could see the clavicle bones smiling for me. They still do. 

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