Category Archives: Memories

In Two Weeks

Two weeks from tonight I will be in Ashkelon as I begin a tour of Israel.

Ashkelon Sunset, Ashkelon Israel, Mediterranean, Dinner ViewI hope that we get to Ashkelon early enough to see the sunset. If not, I have the memory of a sunset that I saw there two years ago.

The next day we will travel to the Dead Sea area stopping along the way to visit sites of interest.

Well at Beersheba, Abraham, Well Known WellsOne of the places that we will visit will be Tel Beโ€™er Sheva or Beersheba. Later in the trip we will visit Tel Dan, so will have been from Dan to Beersheba.

Masada - Yigael Yadin - Jewish Zealots - Roman Conquest - ArchaeologyAt the Dead Sea we will visit Masada. I am planning on reading all of Yigael Yadin’s book Masada before I leave on the trip. I have read the first few chapters about how they recruited volunteers for the Masada dig and set up the dig camp. Maybe more on this before I leave.

I am also looking forward to stepping into the Dead Sea. I have been there twice before, but have not made it down to the water.

Tell es-Sultan - Walls of Jericho - Joshua - Walls Come Tumbling Down - Rahab - HarlotAlso near the Dead Sea is Jericho. Here you can see some of the walls of Jericho.

I am not sure of our entire itinerary yet, I just know where we will be each night.

Dead Sea - Israel - Lowest Point on EarthWe will spend our second night by the Dead Sea and then we will head north to Tiberias.

Sea of Galilee, Sunset, Poria Youth Hostel, Red SkyTiberias is on the Sea of Galilee, so we will have gone from Sea to Sea to Sea to start the trip.

We will spend four nights in Tiberias.

Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives - Dome of the RockThen we will head up to Jerusalem and explore both the city and the area around it.

As each day passes I get more excited about the trip. Especially as I will be traveling with some of my best friends.

Now back to reading.



Loose Meat Sandwiches

This evening I had a loose meat sandwich for dinner.

Loose Meat Sandwich, Canteen, Ottumwa, iowa, Tavern SandwichWhen I talk about loose meat sandwiches here in California, no one knows what I am talking about. However, if you are from Iowa you definitely know.

You may have also heard of loose meat sandwiches from the TV show Roseanne.

My loose meat sandwich is perhaps spiced a little more than the traditional Iowa loose meat sandwich, however it is definitely in the same spirit. I start by browning a pound of hamburger while adding in a few spices for flavor. I also add miso which helps the meat break down a bit more and also adds to the complexity of the flavor.

Once the hamburger is browned it is then time for steaming. I add about 1/3 cup of water into the iron skillet and let the hamburger cook until the water is all cooked off. The end result is a nice crumble of hamburger.

buns, soft buns, loose meat sandwichThe next step is to put ketchup on the buns. I like to have a good coat of ketchup on both sides so that the loose meat stays inside a bit better.

If you don’t have buns, two slices of Home Pride bread work just as well ๐Ÿ™‚

Loose Meat Sandwich, Canteen, Steamed HamburgerThen it is time to pile on the loose meat. You can keep it to a manageable thickness so that it is held in place by the top bun or stack it high and wrap the sandwich in wax paper to catch what falls.

Loose Meat Sandwich, Seasoned Steamed Beef, Canteen, comfort FoodThe sandwich is now ready to eat.

hamburger, loose meat, canteen, Ottumwa, IowaOf course the sandwich was delicious.ย  The taste of course brought back memories of growing up in Iowa and eating loose meat sandwiches. Real comfort food ๐Ÿ™‚

Canteen Lunch in the Alley, Ottumwa, Iowa, 1936, Loose Meat SandwichesMy dinner also brought back memories of eating loose meat sandwiches at the Canteen in Ottumwa, Iowa.

The Canteen looks a bit different today as a parking garage was built over it in the early 2000’s.

Tonight’s dinner also brought back memories of my Grandfather who used to eat lunch at the canteen when he worked at Lowenberg Bakery in Ottumwa.

Hmm, my mind is wandering to other memories, but I will save them for later posts.

Have you ever eaten a loose meat sandwich?