ersatz_read (ersatz_read) wrote in 1word1day,

Monday word: lobscouse

lobscouse  (lŏb′skous′) noun
A stew made of meat, vegetables, and hardtack, and eaten by sailors.

Well, historically eaten by sailors; these days I think they eat a lot less hardtack.  (Hardtack is a cracker known for its extreme dryness, hardness, and long storage life.)

As with most things-on-hand foods, there is no one exact recipe.  It seems likely that original recipes used salt pork or beef, along with potatoes, onions, carrots, and/or turnips.  The hardtack is broken up before being added to the stew.

Etymology:  Early 1700s.  The word origin is unclear.  It is similar to scouse  but in scouse the stew is thickened by mashing some of the potatoes, rather than by adding hardtack.
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