Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Retro camping retro cooking

So I've been thinking,. We have the vintage Aristocrat travel trailer,.  We have the vintage Melmac dishes,. Queenie loves to cook for me,. We just need vintage food for when we go camping!

I recently got a couple of vintage cook books that are small and will travel well:  
7-up Goes to a party, (everthing is made with 7-up in it, how fun!) and it includes a savory jello recipe that I'm curious to try: Shrimp Aspic Ring.

 And I also got a vintage Presto pressure cooker recipe book.  I have a pressure cooker, and with it you can make a fast and hearty meal in minutes including a recipe for squirrel that will be handy for camping as there are squirrels everywhere!  Here's all you need to make it:

1 squirrel
salt and pepper
1/4 cup of fat
1 cup of water
2 tbsp. flour

Wait a minute,. a quarter cup of fat?  Where in the heck are we gonna get a quarter cup of fat when we are camping!?  I'm not even sure if you can buy just plain old fat any more.  I guess we will substitute the fat with olive oil.  Or substitute the squirrel with a more fatty rodent, like beaver or marmot. Of course you'd probably only need half a beaver for two servings, and you'll have to fight over who gets the tail! 

The flour is in case you want to thicken your squirrel au jus, so you don't even need the flour really.


Jules said...

I just laughed so hard I cried. And I may have peed a little bit. That was the funniest post you've done since I've been a reader of your blog, my dear.

Unless of course, you're serious. But then you'll be eating alone while we're camping! Actually, I save all the fat drippings from my pans of bacon, etc. It's moldy, but that might work, right? You go hunt the squirrel, I'll bring the moldy bacon drippings. Voila!

I LOVE the hilarity of it all!! Seriously. SO funny!

Oh... and the comment about who gets the tail.. I have an answer! ;)

don said...

We will have to save a wish bone to see who gets the tail if we cook beaver. That's what we used to do to see who got the gizzard.

I also have a recipe for porcupine meat balls. But there isn't really any porcupine in them.

Camp Candy said...

This made me laugh. I have this image of you standing in a grocery store staring blankly at the oil/shortening section for fat.

don said...

Yes, and did they used to have squirrel in the meat department?

Quiet Paths said...

:) pretty funny