Finally Cooking Again!

It is good to be back at home and able to cook again.  Not that we didn’t cook while camping…. it just wasn’t so easy, nor what we were used to doing.  For one thing, the campground did not allow individual campfires, although we could use our camp stove.  (Correction: we could use it whenever the wind wasn’t blowing too hard!)  Otherwise, we were welcome to use the communal campfire, grill, and kitchen.  We actually did go and use the kitchen one evening, which was a strange but good feeling.  The kitchen was in a house where rooms were rented for the night, but anyone could use it, including people staying in cabins without kitchens.  The house felt like a co-op!  We found that cooking at the high altitude took some getting used to, and in the end most of our dishes ended up looking like this:

Soba noodles with broccoli, seitan, a leftover chopped up Trader Joe’s Masala Burger, and peanut sauce.

Right.  So it was nice to come home, finish with the social obligations (wedding, graduation party, engagement party) and actually make something.  Of course, on the first day I also had a potluck to attend.  I adapted this colorful recipe from something I heard on the radio, which can be found here in the original.

As it turned out, I was the only one in the family who liked it!  Too much ginger and lime, I guess…. but I LIKE ginger and lime!  And a good thing, too, because the recipe made a whole lot more than I thought it would.

I also brought some black-cap muffins.  No, not from this year’s berries!  I found some I still had from last year, and this year’s are coming really soon!

And now, time for a funny story.  Roya has been very lucky (but also very persistent in her job hunt) and has managed to score some shifts at both of the restaurants where she worked last year.  But while she was gone, one of them underwent a change in management and menu.  She has memorized the new menu, but either has to lie about how much she likes the specials, or just recommends them.  The hard part, for her, is when her orders come up at the window.  Of course, at first, she had no idea what any of the orders actually were!  They were all "some kind of meat," which she could not identify!  The cook  had to tell her what was the cod, the salmon, the scampi, etc.  If only our vegetarian-raised child had a vegetarian restaurant in which to work!  Oh well, at least the tips are good πŸ™‚

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7 Responses to Finally Cooking Again!

  1. Anonymous says:

    Sometimes at the grocery store the check out person can’t identify the vegetables and has to ask what they are in order to charge us correctly. I’d rather have Roya’s problem!

  2. wei_k says:

    Ah noodle soup… I eat so much of it these days! (but it’s not as nutritious as yours.)

  3. wei_k says:

    This is meant well, really.
    In general I am not overly paranoid about blogging & putting personal information online. But even so, I think you shouldn’t put such specific details about workplace or hours & names and stuff.
    (I like the photos & your blog in general though. really really.)

  4. Anonymous says:

    your camp food looks good to me! I can just picture hanging out at the picnic table chowing down in the fresh air. mmmm!
    I feel for her, I used to hate delivering the meat, etc to people. and saying what was good. the “what is your favorite” question was too direct sometimes πŸ™‚

  5. Anonymous says:

    Food always seems to taste better when you’re camping; maybe it’s the fresh air or something. I do not envy Roya having to work in a non-veg restaurant!
    ~Felicity at

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