Friday, July 25, 2008

In Which Two City Girls Discover Fire...

So, what do two city gals eat while on a rustic, northwoods vacation?
Confession: too many hotdogs.
Redemption: lots of really good campfire cooking.

The cabin was well equipped with all sorts of amenities -- indoor plumbing, a stove, a refrigerator. But, we were determined to "rough it" a little bit.

The first night we got up to the cabin, the first thing we did was build a nice campfire.
And we hunted for sticks. It was getting dark, but (always the hero) I braved the forest and found a couple of nice, young saplings to cut down to make skewers for our hotdogs. We whittled away the tips to make them nice and sharp -- and then used them to cook our delicious "wennies." Hurrah!
Of course, a bit later on, we found the nice, metal, campfire skewers inside the cottage. So, the remainder of our cooking ended up being slightly more civilized.
But not TOO civilized. After all, we didn't have a nice cooking grate, or anything fancy. So, we put our heads together and came up with alternatives -- such as balancing an aluminum pan filled with steaming veggie packets atop the logs of the fire (risky, but ultimately effective). These packets happen to hold some fantastic potatoes -- which we steamed in packets with red onion, garlic, and butter. Really delicious -- especially the browned, crispy bits at the bottom of the packet!We also seasoned up some zucchini with oregano, garlic, and a bit of salt...
Which we grilled up on the more civilized skewers.
And we marinated tender strips of lamb in lemon, garlic, and oregano... and then roasted them over the fire.
Served everything up in a pita with some cucumber sauce. Mmmm.
In retrospect, it looks like we put together quite the feasts while living in the woods... probably part of the reason why it was so difficult to come back home again.

More about my northwoods vacation.

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  1. Gosh, I want to go camping with YOU! Sounds like you had a great time - hope you got to relax with all those nature-girl activities ;)

  2. great camping-food ideas. We are heading out for our first family camping trip here in rural northern california in just a couple of weeks. good times.

  3. Nature Girl says "OK -- let's go camping! the more the merrier!"

  4. Hi! I saw your comment over at SmittenKitchen and followed it here. Looks like you're in Wisconsin -- so am I! Are you near Madison? Your CSA stuff looks like what we get in ours, but that doesn't mean anything in the greater midwest area.

    Love your blog! Nice recipes.

  5. That sure is fancy camping food! Love those veggies, especially the grilled zucchini. Wish our camp was next to yours ... we'll build the fire, you cook! Yum!

  6. What a feast! Makes me want to go camping.

  7. Thanks for playing the meme game. This was the first time I ever tagged anyone because in the past I had no friends to tag. ;-)

    Great food. It sounds like you had so much fun.

    And you can never have too many hot dogs!

  8. Wow, that is quite the camping food! Looks great!!

  9. I think it looks quite fancy for campin' food! Yahoo!

  10. I've never eaten that well when I've been camping! Yum.

  11. Ariella - We're actually in Milwaukee, though our CSA hails from St. Troy. You in Madison, then?

    Paula - OK, you're on!

    Rachel - Happy to play along when we can. I remember the days of "noone to tag" all too well!

  12. Jeanine, Cathy, and Dragon -
    Maybe a bit fancy for camping fare, but it was great fun. And a welcome challenge during an otherwise easy vacation!

  13. Lo, you ever need campfire recipes I got 'em for you. I'm an old pro at cooking over the fire.

    Pro Tip: building your fire in a "log cabin" shape instead of "tee pee" provides a nice, relatively flat cooking space - no precarious balancing act needed! Also, provides more heat. Log cabin = heat, tee pee = light.

  14. That was a lot of work to go camping for 1 day and 1 night! BUT, we learned a ton, I know what more to expect next time we go and we will never go during a heat wave even though the really nice, sunny weather seemed appealing at the time.Tent infographic

  15. I think it looks quite fancy for campin' food! Yahoo!


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