Camping Bread Sticks

 

 

 

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This past weekend we celebrated my mom’s birthday with spice cake and camping.  My mom loves camping. Well maybe I should say, RV’ing. It’s not really camping-camping where you poop in the woods but rather pull up to electric. But it reminds my mom of childhood and she likes hearing the symphony of campfires and children whizzing by on bicycles. Now too it is nostalgic for me, walking the paved circle around the sites to survey the hanging lanterns of neighbors and smell what each family or group of friends is making for dinner.

 

 

 

It is indeed relaxing, even for my dad who is charged with the labor of setting up the camper and fire pits. Usually he will end up napping in a hammock too low to the ground with his hat tipped over his face.

 

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My parents were very sweet and made the trip East so that Kevin and I could more easily join in the fun. And so, recalling all the fun camping cooking traditions that my mom had taught me when I was a kid,  I brought along a new one.

 

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This recipe is very slightly adapted from green kitchen stories, to make it more portable.

This recipe assumes you have the ability to heat some water to slightly warm to activate your yeast. You’ll likely have many of the ingredients in your camping arsenal anyway. Further, this recipe serves a bunch of people and makes use of an entire yeast packet for ease of use, but we had a bunch of waste with 4 people and just having it as a side, so I would recommend cutting the recipe in half if you’re not serving a ton of people.

 

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Packing List:

measuring cup and spoons

a lightweight towel or saran wrap to cover the dough

3 tsp dry active yeast

1 tsp honey (I had a tiny bear of honey that was the perfect travel size.)
1/2 tsp fine sea salt

In a small ziplock or jar:

1 cup shredded carrots and/or apples (optional)

In a large mason jar or ziplock:

4 cups flour of your choice (I used 2 1/2 cup whole wheat flour and 1 1/2 cup spelt flour)

In another small ziplock:

1 handful dried fruit (cranberries and chopped dates would be good) (optional)
1 handful seeds or nuts (I used pumpkin seeds ) (optional)

Dump your flour in a large bowl and use your now empty mason jar (with measurements on the side) to warm your water. (Microwave if you’re parents RV, set beside fire if not.) Add yeast, honey and salt and swirl your jar to dissolve. Add the shredded carrots/apple, dried fruit, and seeds to the flour, mix to combine. Once the water has foamed up, add to the flour mixture and gentle knead it into dough. Cover and leave to rise in a warm place for an hour or until double in bulk.

Meanwhile prepare the campfire (or grill).

Find a thick stick from a non-pine tree. You don’t want a skinny marshmallow stick, look for something about the diameter of your thumb. Take a handful of the bread dough and form into a log with both hands. Start from the tip of the stick and wrap it tightly around. Bake the bread by holding the wrapped stick over the hot fire and slowly rotate to get it evenly baked and golden brown. It can take from 5 to 15 minutes. To test it, tap the bread. It should sound hollow and be crispy and brown on the outside. Put some olive oil or butter or jam on your warm bread stick and enjoy.

 

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Hello, goodbye.

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This past Monday one of my co-workers held a dinner at her farm. It was great. She has this incredible stone farm house with exposed beams and a lovely field with two horses, a barn, and a silo with a mulberry tree growing out the top. The dinner came complete with a tour of the chicken coop, the pig’s pen, and feeding Spirit potatoes.  (Spirit’s the horse, although, Gene probably likes potatoes too because he’s from the Ukraine. His joke!) As the sky grew dark we brought our glasses of wine inside and sat down to a large round wooden table filled with delicious food lovingly prepared, the rice presented last in accordance with Persian tradition. Part of the reason for this weeknight meal was to say hello to new co-worker from California and goodbye to one headed to Tennessee. I’m looking forward to getting to know the new girl and I’m really  glad my path crossed with Gene’s, even if it was for a short time. I wish he and his beautiful wife all the luck and happiness this world has to offer and these two humble snapshots.

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Whole Foods Reboot- sorta detox II

This go round with the sorta-detox has been loads easier. My body didn’t buck as much at the withdrawl of white sugar and meal preparation was much easier.  The detox was approximately 12 days and we had 7 people participating. Instead of cooking dinner together every night, the group met about every other night for dinner at a team member’s house. Sometimes it was a team effort and sometimes it was a night off from cooking for the rest of the team.  Most nights that someone hosted a dinner, the host sent along a ‘take home treat’ at the end of the evening. Dehydrated strawberry and kiwi trail mix and chickpea chocolate chip cookies were my fav.  If you can get a few of your friends on board for this, it makes the experience down right enjoyable.

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{           Insert picture of our picnic night…. I forgot to put the sd card back in my camera :(       }

So, before I give you the suggested menu, here’s the game’s rules.

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planning a sort-of detox

Last Friday I sent the following email to some of my local friends and got a surprizing number of takers. We’ve since changed the dates to Sunday, July 28th to Thursday, August 8th, but essentially, here’s a preview of what’s to come. Drop a comment if you are interested in participating!

Also, click the picture to get the recipe for this beautiful fresh side. It will definitely be making it to the sorta-detox menu. Had it last night and will vouch for it’s bright, delicious flavor.

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Thai Veggie Burgers

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The Hubs and I decided last week that enough was enough. The clutter was driving me crazy. We bemoaned our own failure to hang up pictures and curtains. We succeed in keeping our kitchen clean,  but when it comes to clutter, we are both guilty of letting things accumulate in the living room.  So what do you do when you are ashamed of your filth? Invite people over! We decided that we needed a deadline and a potluck was just the enforcer.

While I did prepare an unhealthy potato salad,  (who can turn down a special request?) we also served organic, grass-fed hamburgers and homemade veggie burgers. Our guests brought all sorts of omnomery including homemade ice cream (avocado lime for the adventurous, chocolate and strawberry for the faint of heart) and corn bean salad. I planned on taking all these cool pictures, but I got stuck at my job late and guests were actually beating me to my house- so I had to kick it into gear and leave the camera behind.

The veggie burger came from my favorite food blog, Cookie + Kate.  I love my usual lentil burgers, but turns out lentils give the hubs stomach aches, so I was excited to try this new recipe.

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Vandalia Gathering

I borrowed my grandmother’s Canon DS6041, aka the 300D, this past weekend to try and get a feel for DSLRs, shooting in manual, and the button set-ups on Canons.  A cool thing was that I got to compare it to my brother-in-law’s newer canon rebel. While I appreciate my grandmother letting me borrow her camera, comparing it to the newer version was night and day. The 300D has 6.3 mega pixels, less than my old iphone, and for some reason, I could not get photos perfectly in focus. The battery lasted for about ten minutes and the memory card held about ten frames when on the large file setting.  My brother-in-law’s camera could hold a ga-gillion, top notch photos and could take about 3 or 4 picture’s a second. The battery lasted multiple days.

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But still, the images are better than my old olympus.  Here are a few from this past weekend’s Vandalia Gathering.

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