’19 A To Z Challenge – T

Eating Contest

Oh, to be able to eat like a teen-ager again: to put away food like we were eating Mom and Dad out of house and home: when my hyper-kinetic lifestyle and metabolism shed calories and pounds like Donald Trump going through White House advisors.

Once upon a time, the majority of people worked for a living. Nowadays, in the First World, the hardest work most of us do is tap a keyboard, whether in an office, or while watching a robot or automated machine do the heavy lifting. Weight loss/control has become an expanding business.

In the auto-parts plant, I moved 9 tons (almost 18,000 pounds) of material per day, by hand, and ate like it. A couple of hundred years ago, that would have been considered the opening act. Those guys needed FOOD to fuel their work. Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you

TRENCHERMAN

Not a superhero who lays pipe or cable, but,

a person who has a hearty appetite; a heavy eater.
a person who enjoys food; hearty eater

Origin of trencher

1275–1325; Middle English trenchour something to cut with or on: Anglo-French; Middle French
New French – trancher – board or plank
a rectangular or circular flat piece of wood on which meat, or other food, is served or carved.

The heavy-eating manual laborers who could be described as trenchermen needed something for their food to be served on/in. They could hardly take fine china to their worksite, or even rude pottery. It was often too likely to be broken or lost, and Tupperware© and Rubbermaid© hadn’t been invented yet.

These rough-and-ready laborers got their meals served on rough-and-ready platters, chunks of lumber that didn’t go into the buildings that they were erecting – slivers and splinters just added needed fiber. The nearest modern equivalent is the cardboard pizza box. Although I’d like to, I can’t eat an entire pizza any more – even a small one. Fortunately, Ziploc© has invented plastic bags, in which to save the leftovers for another day.

He left us too soon, partly because of his trencherman actions, but funny-man John Pinette has an amusing YouTube clip, entitled Around The World In 80 Buffets. Drop back in a couple of days. Not too early though, I’ll be over at Shoney’s for their Early Bird Special.   😉

5 thoughts on “’19 A To Z Challenge – T

  1. Jim Wheeler says:

    Age is, of course, also a big factor in eating. I was rail-thin when I was a kid. It wasn’t that I didn’t eat, I did, but it didn’t “stick to my ribs”, as my dad would say. They even took me to the doc (a big deal back then) and he prescribed a “tonic.” Didn’t work. Fast forward 8 decades. Despite exercising regularly I can eat two small scoops of ice cream three times a week and predict gaining 1 to 2 pounds a week. Seems like science could solve this. Nope.

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    • Archon's Den says:

      I was skinny when I was young, too. Got married at 135 pounds -I’m 1-1/2 that now.
      The wife’s older brother continued like that, well into his 30s. A specialist examined him and found his metabolism was racing – body-temperature probably over 100 all the time. Gave him a series of injections of Vitamin K to reset him, and it worked. It was just that he couldn’t break the habit of always eating. I know that I’m overweight but…. I made a joke(?) that it took 8 pallbearers at his funeral – and nobody laughed. 😦 😛

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  2. Thanks! I learned something new today. By the way, a lot of modern wood is actually toxic, so people have gotten sick from cooking on wood planks. I am glad you mentioned John Pinette, as I am a big fan of his comedy. I have horrible asthma and allergies, so I had to go gluten-free over six years ago. I hate it and miss my old foods, but I feel so much better and can function each day. I remember the old days of the 2:00 a.m 7-11 burritos and the obligatory beer. I didn’t need too sleep much in those days either.

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    • Archon's Den says:

      Yes, especially the no-rot pressure treated stuff. They used to infuse it with copper. It was mildly poisonous, but the wood had a green cast, and people objected, so now they use arsenic and chromium…. No coloration to warn you, and really poisonous. 😯
      Tranchers are still used. I can purchase slabs of BC cedar in the supermarkets. You soak them in water overnight, and bake or barbecue fish – salmon especially – on them. Also oak or hickory is used the same way for steaks or small beef roasts. The steam helps cook the meat gently through, without sear marks or crusty edges.
      I assume that you weren’t caught in that big pileup the other day. The MSN story didn’t give highway or Interstate number, or the nearest city, only that it was in Clarke County. 😳

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      • It was in York County, which is where I live. Thank you for asking about it. Sadly, two people are still in critical condition. It was on the interstate near Busch Gardens. It’s been all over the national news.

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