Some of us were talking on a forum, and one wag made a comment about GI food tasting like shoe-leather. While it's true that field rations were nothing to brag about, and food-service personnel are always trying to improve the quality of the food, I started reminiscing about what I called The Standard Army Breakfast. Regardless of where I found myself, and which chow hall I wandered in to, The Standard Army Breakfast was uniformly consistent, and uniformly good. Just what a young GI needed to make a day of running, jumping, toting stuff.
Invariably, the menu looked like this:
Eggs to order
Chipped creamed beef
Fresh fruit (banana, orange, apple)
Prepared cereal (varieties)
You could go through the line and carry off anything you could put on your tray. My favorite was to get a double order of hash-browns, put two eggs (over easy) on top, then slather it all with creamed beef. Put a couple of biscuits on the side to sop the gravy and egg yolks.
I ate a lot of tasteless food in the Army, but the one thing I could never complain about was breakfast in garrison. Many times, after dropping-off my tray, I'd stick an apple or banana in my pocket for lunch.
Some of my favorite memories revolve around The Standard Army Breakfast.
Idit - Somehow I forgot to list Chipped Creamed Beef, although I talked about it in the later paragraph. - - Thanks, Jim!