shit on a raft

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  1. Memory confused (served 1961 to 1971) having read the submariners recipe for shit on a raft it's not the scran I was thinking of. This was a dinner-type, main course dish - large serving dish topped up with kidneys and swimming in a rich/thick brown sauce - ruddy delicious!!! Anyone any ideas what it was, and is there a recipe anywhere?
  2. Shit on a Raft Recipe

    Take one pound kidneys.
    Clean them and cut into small pieces discarding all the white fatty bits and sinews.
    Place in a pan of fresh water (DO NOT ADD SALT)
    Bring to the boil and simmer for about 10 minutes until tender.
    Thicken the liquid with Bisto (or your preferred gravy mix)
    Eat & enjoy.
  3. Thanks Slim - sounds more like it.
  4. Must be one of the few who can't stand the look, smell or taste of this particular dish.

  5. Thanks to Slim & SF. Can't understand SF's dislike of this cordon bleu dish.
    But when I think about it, shit on a raft - like a lot of pusser's scran - was an acquired taste, made much better by the prior consumption of a tot or two!!! Thanks for all your advice and comments.
  6. I can only remeber shit on a raft being served at breakfast, but then it was so long ago.
  7. Shit on a raft and the full english was a god send after a set of Night duty.A big spoonful on a nice bit of fried bread!Heaven!
  8. Like Hig and Andy, I never saw it as a main course dish. Always at breakfast as part of a full English.
    Especiall good after a night on the deck.
  9. Perhaps submariners did things differently to us skimmers Higs & Andy.
    I always remember it being served with breakfast. Asked if ti was available for breakfast in June at HMS Nelson when I was there for the HMS Manchester reunion. Informed that it wasn't served at weekends but they did sometimes have it on the menu. It was a great reunion but sh!t on a raft would have made it a fantastic one
  10. Maybe the sensitive palates of todays matelot arent up to Shit on a Raft?I mean it is offal!Not that todays Yoof knows where it comes from.It could be a reluctance on the part of the chefs of course.Personally i beleive its a secret thats handed down from Chief Chef to deserving minions.I have tried to replicate the dish on numerous occaisions but failed miserably.Even with my Certificate of Merit from the RN School of Cookery in HMS Pembroke its beyond my skills.The closest i came was using the small tins of PEK Kidneys in gravy and a few other choice ingredients.Also pussers baked beans, love 'em,but where do they get them from?The only ones to come close are the Compo rat pack ones with a lump of butter added.
  11. In my day "shit on a raft" or "Excreta a-la Kon Tiki" for th bunhouse was only served for breakfast as a seperate dish of the shit (kidneys in gravy) on the raft (fried bread).

    Food of the Gods, just about the only day when everybody got out of their pits to eat breakfast.


    the link given before has an extensive listing of RN menues from days past. In dits and bits

    Apple Crumble and Custard
    Babies Heads
    Baked Stuffed Apples
    BBQ Marinated Lamb Chops
    Better Than Sex Cake
    Bourbon balls
    Carrot Cake
    Cheese Ush
    Cheesy Hammy Eggy
    Chicken Sate
    Chinese Wedding Cake
    Christmas Cake
    Curried Prawn with Coconut Milk (Jhinga moli)
    Elephant's Footprints
    Figgy Duff (or Sticky Date Pudding)
    Grilled kippers with scrambled eggs
    Jam Roly-Poly
    Macaroni Pudding
    Nine -o- clockers
    Pussers Mushy Peas
    Pussers Pot Mess
    Rhubarb Pie
    S**t On A Raft
    Sago or Semolina puddings
    Spithead Pheasant topped with poached egg
    Spotted Dick
    Three-tier Wedding Cake
    Tiddy Oggies
    Train Smash
    Who gives a f***, it tastes good
  12. Nutty or Slim, I was looking up Cheese Ush on the site you suggested and one ingredient has me baffled, at least I can't remember it . What are "Arries", drained? Tomato's?
    Cheers. If I get the answer today, the Missus may be getting Cheese Ush for tea :lol:
  13. Got no idea what Arries are, must be a submariners expression. Must say I can't remember any tomatoes in the cheese ush though.
  14. Arrigoni's are as you suspect whole tinned tomatos. So named as the original supplier was a company called Arrigoni, must have been cheap if pusser bought them.

  15. Cheers for the list, Nutty. Mmmm... Babies' Heads.. dinner of champions!
  16. Talking of babies heads. Where can you buy them. I don't meant the crap fray bentos S&K puddings sold in the supermarkets which are nothing like the pussers variety. I mean the nice soft suet pastry which melts in the mouth containing sumptions S&K in a rich grave.
  17. The only time I ever ate shit on a raft was in pompey DQ's.
    As a rule i dont normally eat liver/kidney, but after running a mile before breakfast you would eat anything then...
  18. No the civvie catering firms Pusser uses now just don't know what it is.
  19. Thanks Peter, I happen to have a tin of Toms in the larder mmmmmmmmh

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