Slumgullion (sluhm-guhl-yuhn). Does it mean …
1. a stew of meat, vegetables, potatoes, etc.
2. a beverage made weak or thin, as watery tea, coffee, or the like.
3. the refuse from processing whale carcasses.
4. a reddish, muddy deposit in mining sluices.
A decade later, “slumgullion” was used to refer to watery refuse from processing whale blubber. Okay. Not edible. It was also used to refer to the muddy sludge created by mining operations. Still not. The earliest use of it as a weak stew is found in 1902 in Jack London’s “Daughter of the Snows.” Slumgullion a weak stew? Who knew!?
It doesn’t sound like something you’d want to eat but hey, I’m going to try it on my husband today. “What you got cookin’ in the kitchen sweetie?”
“Oh, just a simple pot of whale blubber.”
In reality, I made bone broth yesterday. Today, I’ll add some veggies and call it Sunday Supper Stew, er, I mean, Sunday Supper Slumgullion. I imagine I’ll have some explaining to do.