[Ansteorra] camp meals
Steve Scott (Dietrich)
dietrich.strobelbart at yahoo.com
Thu Aug 19 05:50:48 PDT 2010
If you really want to get adventurous, it is possible to boil eggs in just about
anything that will hold water. In my (much) younger days as a Boy Scout, we
learned that you could, indeed boil eggs in a paper bag, or even a styrofoam
cup. As long as the container holds water, the water will cool the container to
the point where it will not catch fire. Just set it on a bed of coals where it
won't tip over. Keep in mind that anything sticking up above the waterline will
burn. The styrofoam cup actually shrank down a bit as the walls got thinner,
until the water inside cooled the walls below the melting point. It made for a
very interesting demonstration of physics and survival techniques. ;-) I
imagine an animal stomach or other such bladder would work just as well.
I'm not sure I would try the above technique with a ziploc bag, however. The
slightest pointy hot spot tends to put holes in the container, leading to damp
coals and a big mess! ;-)
Dietrichus Strobel mit dem Bart
From: Stefan li Rous <StefanliRous at austin.rr.com>
To: Haraldr Bassi <ansteorra at haraldr.drakkar.org>; "Kingdom of Ansteorra - SCA,
Inc." <ansteorra at lists.ansteorra.org>
Sent: Thu, August 19, 2010 12:47:24 AM
Subject: Re: [Ansteorra] camp meals
On Aug 18, 2010, at 9:08 PM, Haraldr Bassi wrote:
> If anyone is interested in first hand experiences on this, please let me know.
>My household has been using this method for food at Pennsic for a decade or
>more. It makes meals ever so much easier. We have good period foods, like
>bruets, or pompes in sauces etc, with minimal cooking time on-site and minimal
>cleanup. Due to field conditions, we've settled on using one of two grains to
>serve under the wet food, either couscous or rice.
What is a "pompes"?
Did you pre-cook the rice and add it to the bag with the rest of the food and
then boil them together at camp? Or did you use the boil-in-bag rice packaged in
the little bags with the holes in them and boil them separate from the other
bags and then put them on the eating plates separately?
> We've taken to using a similar method for our breakfasts making eggs. I
>understand that we've recently identified an Andalusian recipe titled "Eggs in a
>Jar", which uses a disposable glass bottle to cook eggs. Our method uses
>disposable freezer zipper seal bags, which is a wee bit less expensive and
>doesn't leave shards of glass in camp.
Could you please send me a copy of this Andalusian recipe and perhaps your
redaction or post it here? Surprisingly, I don't remember ever discussing this
recipe on the SCA-Cooks list, although I seem to remember some mention of
cooking eggs in a plastic bag. Is this a regular plastic zip lock bag or one of
the boil-in bags which tend to me made of different materials?
> I'd be happy to expound on either or both if there is interest.
>> For those who want medieval meals, this works just as well, as for those who
>>just want modern
>> foods. There are many period stews and bruits, soups, etc that should work well
>> bag-cooking-msg (50K) 4/25/08 Using plastic bags to warm pre-cooked foods at
>> Vacuum food sealers.
>> Stefan -------- THLord Stefan li Rous Barony of Bryn Gwlad Kingdom of
>>Ansteorra Mark S.
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