bum bread noun
1980 Smokies Heritage 63 And by and by, storekeepers started selling loaves of white bread, too. Folks around here called it “bum bread.” Dad said it was because people would keep a slice or two to give out when folks knocked on the door asking for food. 1997 Montgomery Coll. = apparently a local term used in the Sugarlands (TN) area (Cardwell).
I’ve never heard white bread called bum bread. Pap didn’t care much for it and often said it wasn’t fit to eat. I guess its what you grow up on because I love light bread.
The dictionary entry reminds me of a song the girls learned in college “Hallelujah, I’m a Bum” written by Harry McClintock who also wrote “Big Rock Candy Mountain.”
The girls went around singing “Hallelujah, I’m a Bum” after they learned it and eventually they recorded it for Pap’s annual Christmas dvd.
Click the link below to hear the song.
Come cook with me!
MOUNTAIN FLAVORS – TRADITIONAL APPALACHIAN COOKING
Location: John C. Campbell Folk School – Brasstown, NC
Date: Sunday, August 23 – Saturday, August 29, 2020
Instructors: Carolyn Anderson, Tipper Pressley
Experience the traditional Appalachian method of cooking, putting up, and preserving the bounty from nature’s garden. Receive hands-on training to make and process a variety of jellies, jams, and pickles for winter eating. You’ll also learn the importance of dessert in Appalachian culture and discover how to easily make the fanciest of traditional cakes. Completing this week of cultural foods, a day of bread making will produce biscuits and cornbread. All levels welcome.
Along with all that goodness Carolyn and I have planned a couple of field trips to allow students to see how local folks produce food for their families. The Folk School offers scholarships you can go here to find out more about them. For the rest of the class details go here.