Author : Shap
About three years ago, I made my first rite of passage to Graceland and was able to understand what Elvis Presley really stood for and so many interesting facts about his life. I also purchased my first TCB Flash necklace, Elvis’s motto and logo : Taking Care of Business In A Flash. I could relate to that motto keeping the necklace to this day and wanted to keep it as a reminder to always take care of business in a flash 🙂 If you’ve never seen the TCB Flash logo , here it is :
He even had a TCB Flash room at Graceland ( a must see when visiting Graceland) with some of the most modern furniture, televisions, and decorations of his time…..
And TCB Flash is also the logo on his private plane ,Lisa Marie.
Aside from the interesting logo Elvis created and being one of the most celebrated entertainers of all time, he was also a huge Foodie. In fact one of the biggest lovers of food I’ve heard of a musician or entertainer thus far. There have actually been books published about Elvis’s love of food and the foods he liked to eat, including The Life and Cuisine of Elvis Presley by David Adler. The reason behind his strong love and appreciation of food, growing up without a lot of food and being very poor in childhood led him to really appreciate food and being able to eat a lot of it.
But before we go into the food facts about Elvis, I wanted to share one unrelated fact about Elvis that I found to be so interesting. Elvis had a full Gospel Choir ON CALL in Memphis, TN to come and sing at Graceland whenever he needed some Gospel Music in his life. If that isn’t awesome, I don’t know what is.
Ok now back to the food facts 🙂
Elvis and his family grew up very poor, in fact, Elvis’s father would shoot squirrels and that was the meat he provided for his family on numerous occasions. A typical meal for Elvis as a child was cornbread, greens and fried okra. His family was so poor and meat was so scarce in fact that his father , Vernon, went to jail for three years for forging a check for the sale of a pig. I guess desperate times called for desperate measures. Elvis and his mother basically lived on welfare grits and cheese, supplemented with vegetables from a neighbor’s garden while Vernon was in jail and they eventually joined a local church so they could eat Sunday dinner and have at least one guaranteed full meal per week . When Elvis was a few years old, he would fight for “soaks” from other family members, which is peanut butter and crackers soaked in buttermilk. As a grown man much later in life, he would eat “soaks” in bed at Graceland, which were either fried corn bread squares or round fried cornbread patties dunked in buttermilk.
As Elvis grew older, the struggle for food still remained constant in his life. In high-school , a shop teacher had to give Elvis money to buy lunch at school because he never had lunch money and was always hungry at school. Through having to struggle to even get cafeteria food, Elvis appreciated even the foods people found to be worst like mock apple pie with Ritz Crackers and no apples , bologna cups topped with American cheese , fish flake salad, and cakes that were nothing but sugar and neon colored frosting.
Eventually, Elvis grew into his own tastes and had established foods that he absolutely loved and foods he would not touch. Elvis hated any shellfish and refused to eat it. His favorite foods were hamburgers, fried peanut butter and banana sandwhiches that were sometimes added with bacon, banana pudding from scratch, chocolate milk shakes, chicken fried steak, any snack from a vending machine, cold canned peaches in syrup and of course Corned Beef Hash with extra potatoes and onions.
We decided at Lhyme to pay homage to one of the best entertainers and musicians the world has ever seen on the anniversary of his death by preparing one of his favorites, Corned Beef Hash.
TCB FLASH CORNED BEEF HASH
– 1 1/2 pounds of fresh Corned Beef, chopped very well
– 1 pound of Red Potatoes, cut and quartered
– 2 tablespoons fresh chopped Parsley
– 1/4 cup water
– Salt and Pepper
– 1 Large Onion, chopped
– 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
– 1 cooked egg ( Any way you like..I fried my for decorative purposes)
– 4 egg yolks
– 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
– 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted (1 stick)
– Cayenne Pepper
1) In a large saucepan, add olive oil and saute onion until somewhat golden in color. Add your potatoes, water, salt, pepper, and parsley and allow to simmer over medium heat for about 7 minutes.
2) Add your corned beef and simmer on medium heat for another 7 minutes and set aside.
3) Cook your eggs as you would like.
4) In a medium mixing bowl, mix lemon juice and egg yolks together until thoroughly mixed as though the mixture has increased in volume by double.
5) Over a double boiler, quickly wisk the lemon and egg mixture while slowly adding the melted butter until the mixture in well blended and thickened.
6) Remove from heat and add salt and cayenne.
7) Serve your corned beef hash in presentation of choice, top with sauce and cooked egg and Enjoy !!