Tuesday, September 7, 2010

A North Country Feast

There's nothing better than some quality time in the woods with quality folks. Toss in some good food and plentiful drink, and you have yourself a holiday weekend. We had some friends come hang with us at the lake over Labor Day weekend, so there was lots of fun in the woods, on the water and playing with fire. And meat. Lots of meat. Our friend A, an avid hunter, took care of the carne on Saturday night and grilled up some fantastic venison steaks. Let me tell you, venison done right is some good stuff. (the bite sized pieces were for the munchkin, I wasn't drinking THAT much... well, at least not by dinner)

I love to cook things in open fire, and have become pretty adept at doing so (except for freggin potatoes, I have no idea why...I've tried everything and always time them wrong. anyway...).

I roasted up some corn, a weekend standard, but A's wife H took the cake by roasting red onions. She just wrapped them in foil, skin and all, and tossed them in the coals until they were a sweet, roasted surprise. We also occupied the four-year old by giving him garlic on a stick and set him to roasting. Kids'll do anything if you give them a stick and point them to fire! Here's little Max's garlic-roasting contraption. It could've worked if only we could have taught him some patience! Alas, a perfect plan foiled... tee hee hee. Hope everyone had a great weekend!


  1. Have you tried parboiling (or briefly nuking) the potatoes? I can't say I've much open fire cooking experience, but I do enjoy a foil-filled packet of food!

  2. That looks like a good time.

    I haven't cooked potatoes in an open fire since I was a kid. We just wrapped russets in foil and buried them in embers for awhile. At least that's how I remember it.

  3. I love love love open fire cooking. We had shepherd's pie when we went camping a few weeks ago on the fire :D

  4. It's so frustrating! I've done the par boil thing, tried a smaller chunk, etc and still they always seem just a tad undercooked. Guess I'll just have to be a bit more cavalier with fire placement.

    Despite having a grill at camp, this weekend was only the second time we turned it on all summer, as I much prefer playing with real fire...and splitting firewood into cooking size! There's nothing like swinging an ax and banging logs against rocks to relieve stress!!

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  6. I think I have confused two chocolate making Daniel's from the next post. I sincerely apologize for the confusion.