According to my research, a Florida Cracker is a true native Floridian, often claiming pre Civil War homesteading. The Florida Cracker is known to be self sufficient and apt at hunting, fishing, and growing their own food. A Florida Cracker is a true southerner, and not a transplant from a northern state. Their ancestors probably moved to Florida from Georgia, Tennessee, or the Carolinas.
Attributes of a Florida Cracker:
Knows how to fish by instinct
Prefers swimming in a lake or creek, never a chlorinated pool
Knows what Swamp Cabbage is, and never calls it Heart of Palm- they also know how to cut and cook it
Knows that cane syrup is eaten on biscuits and gravy is eaten on squirrel - (that one is a stretch)
Doesn't mistake a turtle for a gopher
Says the blessing before supper
Knows the location of Hog Valley, Two Egg, Scrambletown and Yeehaw Junction
( I gathered these words of wisdom form the Urban Dictionary)
Back to Sophie's Florida Cracker History- The men in her family were great sportsmen and hunted and fished quite regularly. She remembers from her childhood, mullet smoking get togethers and her Grandma Himrod's Cabbage Slaw.
I have quizzed her about the cabbage slaw and no one seems to have a written recipe. This is what she has settled on as the "recipe". I made it this weekend and it is delicious. It may not be an exact duplicate, but it is yummy!
Sophie's Grandma Himrod's Cabbage Slaw
1 head cabbage grated or 1 bag Dole coleslaw (not the Florida Cracker way)
I was a little lazy and opted out of this procedure;
This was the way to go today- Hey, it is the 21st century
In a separate bowl mix together - 1 cup sugar - one cup water- and one cup vinegar - whisk
Stir dressing into large bowl filled with cabbage slaw
Salt and pepper to taste
Let sit overnight for best flavors- 3 days for ultimate deliciousness.
Finished product - I even ate some on my grilled in butter hot dog -
Thanks to Sophie for sharing - Let's keep those family recipes alive for the next generation and beyond