Wednesday, October 19, 2016


One of the island's most cherished dinners is Old Drum, Ocracoke style. We can no longer get old drum, but David purchased some younger drum (channel bass) at the fish house before the storm. We made a great meal out of it that very day!

My Recent Dinner Table
Here is Danny & Margaret Garrish's recipe as printed in the Ocracoke Cookbook (I like to read it aloud before we partake):

The "ceremony:" Boil drum in lightly salted water until it flakes. In another pot, boil about 2 medium potatoes per person. Hard boil 2 eggs per person. Dice a good size bowl of onions. Dice and fry-out (render) salt pork until brown and crunchy.

Assemble at the table, fixing each plate individually. Mash potatoes with fork, flake drum in with potatoes and sprinkle generously with diced onion. Add salt, pepper and chop up the hard boiled egg in the mixture, adding a good helping of cracklings and grease. Sprinkle with vinegar if desired. Enjoy!

Be sure to mix enough on the first plate. Somehow the second plateful never tastes as good as the first. Never plan anything for a couple of hours after you eat this. Just slide under the table and rest a spell. Don't forget the baked cornbread and lots of butter.

Drum Dinner Ocracoke Style

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  1. That sounds really good!!!!

  2. Anonymous8:35 AM

    One of our favorites!

  3. Anonymous7:17 AM

    I find it curious- the placement of the utensils- setting on the edges of the plates of food, is this a local practice? As I type this I am reflecting on my habit, which is to say -hold the steak knife in my dominate right hand and spear the food with my fork held in the left hand. Once the meal is finished the utensils are placed on the plate in the center. PS It has been a while since my table has held a family dinner as The pace of life in a large urban metropolitan area often has the family on different eating schedules. The Big Bang theory meal plan is probably more common than your situation ala Leave it to Beaver. This is merely an observation of Society in 2016 and could very well define and explain a lot, for lack of a better way of saying it. Perhaps other readers can comment the frequency of sit down family meals......

    1. The placement of the knives and forks has no significance...just the way we left them when I stood up to make the photo.

    2. Anonymous8:02 AM

      My bad. I thought PH was in the photo as there is a bearded gent at the top of the photo. Food photography is an art. Some people get paid big bucks as food stylist.