Campfire Cooking

Today was one of the first very cool Fall days.  It got down into the high 40’s, low 50’s.  I love days like this where you can wrap up in sweatshirts or flannel and a pair of soft, warm denim jeans. Where you can walk outside and take a deep breath of the crisp cool air, so deep that you feel the air touch the very bottom of your lungs… and feel like your body, your mind, your whole psyche is being cleansed. It awakens and enlivens my senses and my spirit like no other season ever will.

It rained hard this afternoon, heavy thunderstorms that cancelled my son’s football game. A good day to be inside, watching movies or college football games, wrapped in a blanket. Tonight though was drier as the cells of storms had moved on earlier in the day. My wife and daughter went off for the closing evening of the county fair where they are participating in the 4H equestrian program.

When the girls are away, the boys like to do stuff… like make fires and then cook our dinner on the fire. I know, I know… you’re saying… why cook on a fire when you have a perfectly good kitchen available? I don’t know, it’s that primal urge that guys have to be and act like cavemen.

So here was our dinner for the evening:

In a large sheet of aluminum foil: Instant white rice (cooked), cannned chicken, frozen broccoli, a couple tablespoons of olive oil and a big dash of garlic pepper.

Wrap it up tight!

Spread out your fire so you have a nice bed of hot coals to cook on. Set the foil packs directly on the hot coals.

Turn on some music, grab a seat and wait patiently! You don’t need to be concerned, that’s not his beer bottle on the chair next to him.

Cook for about 20 minutes!

It’s all about the presentation! See how frickin’ good this looks!!

Okay, so this isn’t really what it looked like.  In fact, it was dark out so I’m not sure what it really looked like. But it sure tasted as good as this looks!

Because you know what? If I’ve learned anything in my many years of parenting…

… it’s not always about the food… you know what I mean?


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5 responses to “Campfire Cooking

  1. Presentation, exactly! They always say that and there’s something to it but I always say of my own cooking, “It’s ugly but it’s delicious.” And it is. I don’t do cutesy. I do GET IN MY BELLY.

  2. Cheryl

    Aaah, fall. I love fall. It’s my favourite time of year. My husband loves a good campfire too. It’s frightening when he tries to cook on it though. LOL!

  3. You lost me at cooked, canned chicken. What is that? Yuck! 😉

    But quality time with your boy? Priceless.

  4. Looks tasty. The only problem I have ever had with cooking over a campfire is the smoke. For that, I have “the smoke coat.” It smells horrible. I keep it in a plastic bag in the garage and take it only when I go camping. If I’m ever robbed, I hope they steal it along with my “poop shoes.” Those are the ones I wear when picking up after the dog.

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