Dinner Camping Recipes
Jay Thal (jay.thal@TCS.WAP.ORG)
Wed, 29 Oct 1997 14:33:18 EST
Brian Neilsen makes a very good point when he said that he couldn't
think of any recipe which can't be replicated at campsite.
Preparation at or for campsite cooking may be somewhat different than
home (and more labor intensive), and hygeine more difficult to maintain
(including KP), but it can be done.
One thing to keep in mind is to separate the food from the cooking
implements (technique) and modify the cooking methodology accordingly.
Our Troop often sets themes, either based upon implements or an ethnic
focus. A favorite implement is the Wok - one Wok cooking can produce anything
from scrambled eggs for breakfast, through soup for lunch, and stir-fry for
dinner. With a lid, a Wok can be used to steam, or bake, or pop corn.
But consider the theme approach. Food is a great way to teach about
other cultures, or our own diversity. (No, we're not really a melting pot).
There's a tie in to several Merit Badges besides Cooking. How about
American Cultures, or Citizenship in the World, or Wilderness Survival, or
The boys can research ethnic recipes in the library or on the Web, or
contact embassies, consulates, or foriegn students on campus. Several
cookbooks I'd recommend are by Jeff Smith - the Frugal Gourmet. I'd bet the
two Boy Scouts (an Eagle and a Life) on the dust jacket of 'The Frugal Gourmet
Cooks American" are his two sons [Troop 36x from Tacoma, WA]. That book
regional and native american cooking.
Another Jeff Smith book is: "The Frugal Gourmet on Our Immigrant
Ancestors" which covers 35 cultures from Armenian to Yugoslavian (1990 now
seems so long ago!
Once a theme is chosen the patrols can enter into friendly and
educational competition. There goal may be the prize of a bag of Oreos, but
they're learning. We also give a "Golden Fork Award" for their Patrol flags,
and rate them on taste, cleanliness, presentation, and timeliness.
Just some thoughts for the culinary bored.
Jay Thal, T-666, Washington, DC
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City