MRE’s with an international flavor

Big Dick (that’s his name, not a description) twigged me to this juicy bit in the NYT about how other countries deployed to Afghanistan feed their troops.

Each year, among the countries with troops in Afghanistan — the current number is 47 — tens of millions of dollars are spent researching how to fit the most calories, nutrition and either comfort or fun into a small, light package. The menus and accompaniments are intended not just to nourish but also to remind the soldier of home. Some include branded comfort foods — Australians get a dark-brown spreadable yeast-paste treat called Vegemite, for example — while others get national staples like liverwurst (Germany), or lamb curry (Britain’s current culinary obsession).

I was lucky enough during my time to try a few other countries rations. Most of the time, it was a nice change of pace. Most of the time…

Go read the whole thing.

4 thoughts on “MRE’s with an international flavor”

  1. Vegemite. F**k that noise. If I’m going to get a foreign-sounding paste to spread on some bread, I’ll take some Nutella any day of the week.

    Vegemite is some straight up nastiness.

  2. Nutella is a lot better. And a couple of the entrees for the various countries sounded less than wholly appealing. But some of them sound pretty damn tasty.

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