[Sca-cooks] Subject: camp cooking suggestions and tip

Haraldr Bassi sca-cooks-l at drakkar.org
Tue Aug 30 16:20:50 PDT 2011


A question was raised regarding the Eggs in a Jar I referenced. There is a recipe in Medieval 
Arab Cookery (IIRC, but don't have time to walk across the house to the library to verify) that 
has a recipe that was used to prepare eggs by boiling them in a specially shaped glass jar. The 
jar being broken and thrown away to serve.

The modern medieval alternative uses 1Qt freezer zipper bags. Open 2-3 eggs into it, add chopped 
cheese(s), leftover grains from the night before (rice, cous cous etc), chopped veggies 
(scallions, mushrooms etc), chopped leftover meats or dried sausage type things (pepperoni, 
summer sausage, roasted chicken etc) and spices. Squeeze out the air from the bag, seal it, mark 
each bag with the person's name, place them into boiling water for 10-15 minutes or until 
cooked. Remove from the water and eat. For minimal cleanup, open the bag and turn down the edges 
and eat with a spoon. It effectively turns into an omelet. Or dump it onto a plate or bowl if 
you don't mind an extra dirty dish in camp.

The Modern idea comes from the Boy/Girl scouts type places. Credit for finding the medieval 
tie-in rests with Mistress Thora Sharptooth. We'd been making eggs this way for many Pennsics 
before she located that reference.

Haraldr Bassi

On 8/30/11 5:04 PM, Haraldr Bassi wrote:
> On 8/30/11 4:13 PM, Cat . wrote:
>> Thanks to all the replies so far (on and off list)
>> and finally large groups (this is where the seal a meal is your friend!!!)
> Actually, it is just as effective, if not more effective, for small camps as well. It is quite
> simple to save things in 1 or 2 serving sizes and you grab one or two bags depending on how many
> bodies are eating that particular meal. You can also go direct to single servings and not even
> have to get a serving bowl dirty and everyone gets their favorite meal. Just do the initial
> freezing in smaller plastic containers than you would use for larger serving sizes and you are
> more likely to use the 8" wide roll or 1qt bags instead of the larger.
> Don't forget about period Andelusian recipe for "Eggs in a Jar" which, given the cost of glass
> these days, we make the reasonable substitution of using a 1Qt freezer ziplock bag. Same boil
> bag method, just assembled on-site. Good effective breakfast food for people who need some
> protein in the morning.
> Haraldr Bassi
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