[Sca-cooks] Siege Cooking at Battlemoor
Kathleen A Roberts
karobert at unm.edu
Fri Jun 4 09:02:38 PDT 2010
On Fri, 4 Jun 2010 02:36:49 -0500
Stefan li Rous <StefanliRous at austin.rr.com> wrote:
> Hasn't the emphasis for all these siege cooking contests
>always been on fun and food? How is having an emphasis on
>fun and food this year any different from in the past?
well, some of the competitions i have been involved with
were heavy on the ambiance in your camp for the judges,
and very secretive of ingredients and theme. this is
fine, but sometimes hauling all your cookbooks, pots and
pans, candlesticks, rugs, pillows, good feast gear was
frustrating. i don't know about you guys, but i am seeing
fewer locals taking trailers to war, and packing as good
as they can in the old pickup. excess load = excess fuel.
so, the idea is that you have some idea what you are
getting into, and can pack accordingly. the central
judging area allows audience participation AND the teams
don't have to set up an eating area in their camp.
> Have all the teams generally been able to work past
>'surprise' ingredients into their presentations? Is it a
>requirement that they do so? or does it just gain you
it was all a surprise in my experience. theme and
ingredients. you always need to use everything given you,
no matter how little, to get full points for use of
ingredients. but if you know ahead of time the basket
will contain ... oh, let's say... poulty, meat with bone,
root veggies, dried fruit, lentils, sweet spices, dried
herbs, berries... then you can start thinking of recipes
and methods of cooking, and leave more of the day for the
actual prepping and cooking. HOWEVER, that doesn't mean
you won't get some salt pork, walnuts and cone sugar that
morning along with what you already know. those will need
to be incorporated as well.
the coordinators of battlemoor wanted to focus on
hospitality and fun. therefore, i thought it might be
interesting to see how a siege cooking contest would work
if everything wasn't such a huge secret and some of the
hassle was gone.
BTW... i only have one spot available. i got three hits
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