No Longer Baked Beans, Stale Bread, Old Coffee

How Y’all Doing today,

I thought I would change it up a little bit with this post. I don’t know many people that don’t like food, I know I place a double negative in this sentence, it works though. Food whether you are homeless, backpacking, at a company picnic, or anywhere else food does eventually come up. If the event happens to be a short trip to the park to go swimming or play, someone inevitably talks about food. One such day for me, I was out to Lake Lansing in Haslett and I had my pole out, I had my tackle box, and I had my line in the water. I had spent the previous weekend cooking over a dozen grills I had set up in the backyard, and it was a weekend long cook-out for family and friends and I was the one cooking. Now I only use lump coal, charcoal or wood. I do NOT even like propane. I had all the grills going and I just wanted to relax mindlessly doing something that was time consuming but took no real thought.

Recipe 1:

Campfire Coffee

Equipment:

  • Campfire Percolator

Ingredients:

  • Fresh Coffee Grounds
  • Water

Instructions:

  1. To measure out fresh grounds bend your fingers together into a scoop shape and scoop out enough coffee grounds to fill the percolator basket about one third of the way up.
  2. Pour water into the pot not going any higher than the bottom of the spout.
  3. Place near heat and allow to perk. My rule of thumb is the coffee is done when it smells good.
  4. To make additional pots of coffee: add more water and add fresh grounds in with the old grounds and mix together. This will provide another one to two pots of coffee without additional grounds being needed.

Note: We drink mild roast coffee with spring water. It has the best taste.

I arrived early and picked out my spot out on the dock, assembled my pole, attached the swivel and my favorite lure to the line and just began casting and slowly reeling in the line. I had a small lunch with me and I was content. A little while later some friends saw me sitting out there and came to see how I was doing. They had shown up about three hours after I did and I hadn’t caught a thing. I was fine with that. They were a little shocked that I hadn’t even had a nibble.

Recipe 2:

Roast Chicken Drumsticks

Equipment:

  • Campfire Grate
  • Wooden Tongs
  • Heavy Duty Foil

Ingredients:

  • Chicken Drumsticks
  • Lard
  • Favorite Seasoning

Instructions:

  1. Form foil into a bowl.
  2. Take chicken out of package, removing any feathers that may still be attached.
  3. Rub lightly with lard.
  4. Place in the foil bowl and season liberally.
  5. Place grate not to close to the fire. The chicken needs to cook slowly not burn.
  6. Rotate drumsticks one quarter turn every couple of minutes and the rotate at a slower pace until sticking a fork in the drumstick shows clear liquid flowing.

On my next cast I showed them what lure I was using. It was the very lure I used everytime I went out to fish with when I wanted mindless entertainment so I could just think. It was a lead weight with egg sinkers on the line. I never did catch anything with it but I was able to cast quite far with little effort.

Recipe 3:

Cornbread Drop Rolls

Equipment:

  • Skillet
  • Wooden Spatula
  • Heavy Duty Foil

Ingredients:

  • Packaged Corn Muffin Mix
  • Powdered Milk
  • Water
  • Egg
  • Can of Creamed Corn
  • Lard

Instructions:

  1. This recipe is quite simple, for me anyway, follow the instructions on muffin mix package,
  2. Instructions for the powdered milk. Add a little less water as the cream from the corn will be sufficient.
  3. The mixture should be sticky.
  4. In the skillet heat up a little lard and drop roll dough into the hot lard and fry.
  5. When rolls are done place on a place and cover with some cloth to keep warm until serving.

They had asked why I chose that rig to use and it was because I didn’t want to have to clean any fish after cooking all weekend. Incidentally if you ever find yourself out fishing at a very public lake try using canned weenies for bait, (the fish get so much human food they rarely hit on worms or corn).

Recipe 4:

Breakfast Log

Equipment:

  • Skillet
  • Wooden Spatula
  • Heavy Duty Foil

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. Sausage
  • 1 lb. Bacon
  • 1 lb. Sliced Ham, sandwich slices
  • Favorite Seasoning

Instructions:

  1. Form foil into bowl shape and mix raw sausage with your seasoning.
  2. Shape sausage into a log.
  3. Wrap the ham slices around the log making sure to cover the sausage on all sides including the bottom.
  4. Weave the bacon in a basket weave pattern and wrap around the log.
  5. Place log inside of foil and seal tight. Next place foil wrapped log next to the fire on a bed of hot coals and rotate every ten minutes for one hour. Unwrap the log and check for doneness.
  6. If not done rewrap and return to the coals.  

 

I spent the rest of the afternoon talking to them about all the food I had made over the weekend. I had planned out a menu the encompassed two meals each day for three days for ten people. The ten of us had talked about getting together for sometime and everyone was usually busy with life in general. Back when I was growing up I was constantly the Quartermaster for the Boy Scout Troop I was in back in the 1980’s. I planned out meal after meal. I had become quite good at it and I had learned early on how to make money last for so many people for so many days. So I planned out all the meals, I just asked everyone to pitch in fifteen dollars each and I would cover everything else, the extra food costs, the cooking, everything. The only thing I requested was that someone else did dishes. We ended up with people sleeping everywhere. We had a great weekend of catching up with everyone and just relaxing. Well, after all that relaxing I needed to go fishing to relax from my time relaxing with friends and family. So I told them of a few of the dishes I made and my opinion no meal is complete without Campfire Coffee, I had made Roast Chicken Drumsticks with Baked Potatoes and Cornbread Drop Rolls for our first nights supper and I followed it up the next morning with Breakfast Log served with Fried Mashed Potatoes.

Recipe 5:

Fried Mashed Potatoes

Equipment:

  • Skillet
  • Wooden Spatula
  • Knife

Ingredients:

  • Potatoes
  • Lard
  • Favorite Seasoning

Instructions:

  1. Peel baked potatoes
  2. Mash together with a little seasoning.
  3. Melt a little lard in the skillet and when the lard is melt add spatula fulls of the potato to the skillet.
  4. When potatoes are crisp remove from lard and place on a plate to serve.

Note: We had made extra baked potatoes the night before so we could use them for this recipe.

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Yours faithfully, Sweets & Elroy

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