[lit-ideas] Re: Sauerkraut
- From: david ritchie <profdritchie@xxxxxxxxx>
- To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Wed, 13 Jan 2021 13:05:18 -0800
On Jan 13, 2021, at 9:56 AM, Lawrence Helm <lawrencehelm@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Unbeknownst to any of us at the time, I later learned, thanks to
Ancestry.com, that we had DNA that was nearly 100% from the Britain,
Scotland, Ireland and Wales. There was a smidgen identified as Northern
Europe that could contain some German, but it could as easily have been
French or Dutch. In any case, I have always hated sauerkraut.
Helm sounds pretty English to my ear—short for helmet, a place name, a boat’s
I wonder now about the sauerkraut. Did it come here along with just German
immigrants? Louis Blenker was German, but if there was a "prevailing aroma
of sauerkraut around the company messes," others besides Blenker probably
liked it . . . shudder . . . hideous stuff.
I’m wondering if you got the right stuff. I thought I hated sauerkraut until I
tasted some that wasn’t made in Britain, covered in mayonaise and an
abomination. When people make it well, I now enjoy it.
Thanks for the reminder that I want to return to Shelby Foote. Stephen Straker
and I toured Civil War battlefields with a set of cassette tapes, a recording
of Shelby reading his own words in that wonderful accent and voice. This, of
course, was a little while back. I own the books, they’re just daunting in
where the power is now back on
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