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.
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