28 Mar 2012

BioChar and Supper Part 2

Submitted by Mike

This is me pulling the sweet potatoes out of the coalsOur family likes to watch a show called Man, Woman, Wild. I won’t go into great detail on it; you can follow the link for that. In short, it’s about a Man (Husband: former Green Beret from Tennessee) a Woman (Wife: former news anchor woman from the UK) and they put themselves in survival situations. They show off some interesting ways of surviving in the wild and part of that is some rustic ways to cook food.

It was starting to get dark so Tammy went to the house to start supper as I stoked the fire to encourage the last few large logs to burn down. About 15 minutes later, Tammy came out of the house and says “it’s all, you fault for introducing me to Man, Woman, Wild" and "you only have yourself to blame". I thought to myself, "what is she on about?". Then I noticed that she was carrying what I’d soon find out was three sweet potatoes double wrapped in aluminum foil. So, I did what any cave man would do. I dug a hole in the coals, put the potatoes in and covered them with more coals.The bon fire with my make-shift grill in the foreground ...sweet potatoes cooking with no electricity. Awersome!

Later, Tammy says "It's a shame that we can't cook the franks on the fire too." (He he he. Never say "can't" when I'm hungry. ) I found a couple of cinder blocks and a couple of plates off of an old grill. I put them to together and made an impromtu fire pit. Mmmmmm. All beef franks cooked over an open fire. Awesome! ...unfortuantely, a storm came up and we had to scramble to put the fire out and get back inside. I got soaked putting the fire out. Even though it was raining, the wind was blowing the fire everywhere and we do live in the woods so the fire had to be drowned. Tammy took the franks (and one patty) inside to finish cooking.

In the end, much wood was burnt, charcoal was made, the soil was fed, franks were cooked (and eaten) and the sweet poatatoes were perfect.

(Sweet potatoes, double wrapped in aluminium foil, burried in hot coals for 40 minutes)