Tuesday, 29 November 2005

Food

I figured that seeing as it is so cold that I would be able to buy and store milk without it going off and so last night I had the first decent cup of tea for a very long time.

The tent pegs worked fine as a base to hold the billy can over the jetboil and the billy can only fell off the once. Fortunately the lid was on so not very much food spilled out. I cooked a sun dried tomato rissotto with pork and apple sausages.

There is reason why pork should be cooked properly and I can heartily recomend doing so.

Interesting weather last night, freezing fog and snow. Not much snow unfortunately but plenty fog.

8 comments:

Titania said...

so tell me, is it true that in Germany, little children are told fairy tales to stop them entering the forest where the weird children-snatchers live?

Penny Munn said...

Glad to see you're cooking with fire. It provides something cheerful to look forward to, which is very important for the spirit on a cold night out in the woods. I don't know whether you've come across this website: http://www.theozarks.com/SleepOut.htm
It records an interesting method of keeping warm in the woods in winter. The author (who thinks tents and sleeping bags are for wimps) suggests you dig a shallow pit, line it with rocks and then light a fire in it. When the wood has burned down to glowing embers you cover it with about 4 inches of earth then lie down on it rolled up in a blanket. Apparently the warmth of the embers begins to seep through the soil after an hour or so, and any snow that falls on the blanket just acts as insulation. It would be interesting to see if this firepit bed would work as well in our own damp country as it does in Missouri. I am not, of course, suggesting that you experiment with the crazy gentleman's idea - I'll try it out in my own garden when we next have a blizzard and tell you whether it works or not. However, the idea of hot rocks as outdoor hot water bottles buried in the soil under the sleeping bag might adapt quite well to Oxfordshire.

Pandiotic said...

Interesing idea - problem is, how do you dig a pit if the ground is frozen?

ODM (Original Ditch Monkey) said...

I'll take a pre dug pit with me, I believe you can get them in Marks and Spencer along with pre cut onions.

Jayster said...

I see the idea of adding pictures to your blog has slipped down the slope with the sloes than?

Penny Munn said...

Temperatures have to be continuously below freezing (day and night, that is) for some time before the ground freezes so hard that it can't be dug. It might be a good idea to nip out to the woods and dig a few pits when the met office forecasts a big freeze.

bushled said...

The pit idea is quite an old one. If you watch the film 'Jeremiah Johnson' you'll see it used there, and what can happen if you're not careful :-D

Penny Munn said...

Do please tell what happened - I doubt I'd find either the film or the time to watch it.