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Friday, March 02, 2007

one last yurt post.....

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fire time

The last post dedicated to camping food....I don't have any pictures of the food, because the only one that I didn't brutally underexpose has me looking like a right twit. So you don't get to see it. ;)

On day 2, we had a fabulous dinner of grilled fish, spanish rice and pico de gallo. I again cut a few corners to accommodate the requirements of preparing a meal with only a fire and coleman stove.....

Pico de Gallo (I forgot the jalopenos at home, so this version doesn't have any!)
2 plum tomatoes, chopped
1/2 small onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 c coriander, chopped
juice of 1 lime
salt to taste

1. Combine tomato, onion, garlic, coriander and lime. Taste and add salt until you like it. This can be used as a dip for chips (yummy) or to top chicken or fish.

We served it with rainbow trout that hubs grilled over the fire. Yum.

For the rice, I actually have a fear of cooking rice without a rice cooker, and I wasn't going to be so lame as to bring one on our trip (especially because I've made fun of people for doing the exact same thing before...hehe....seriously, I was tent camping a couple of years ago, and these people brought their rice cooker and were using it in the bathroom! gross!!!!!!) get over this fear, and also the fact that my coleman isn't big enough for both a pot and pan, I cheated. NOt sure if this is lamer than using a rice cooker in a public be the judge.

I ended up using Uncle Ben's bistro express rice (I think this is called ready rice in the States). It's the SUPER lazy rice that you don't even have to just open the package and head it. I bought the long grain and wild flavour with fine herbs. To make it tasty, I blackened vidalia onion and chopped red pepper, and then added the rice with a touch of lemon and water. It flavoured up nicely. Tasted awesome with the fish and pico.

We ended up snacking all day on the third day, so didn't really have lunch. Dinner was king crab legs over the fire....this was also amazing. I served it with garlicky melted butter. Total yum.

So that's it for the stories of yurting and yummy food......despite the lack of running water, we had a great time. I read two books, slept a ton and spent some great quality time with hubs. We even went on a bit of a hike and didn't manage to get lost and become headlines (I have these only semi-irrational fears of being one of those stupid people who go out unprepared and get lost in the woods). But we didn't get lost, though we did climb some pretty darn steep hills through the snow.

And hubs snapped this, which turned out better than my attempts at yurt photography....

And of course this is all before the nasty-ass winter weather bomb that whipped its way through here today. Glad that's over....I was scared to go outside and there were over 200 traffic accidents in the city. Good day to stay home, if you ask me.

Thanks for reading!

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