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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Catfish n Hushpuppies

While camping at the lake a couple of weeks ago, I fried up some catfish and made a batch of hushpuppies. They just seem to taste best over a campfire.
I actually brought these fish with me in case I didn't catch any...... I think that I must have jinxed myself cause I didn't have one single bite while fishing. :)

This was some catfish from fishing last fall.  I cut the fish into nuggets, rolled in a cornmeal, flour, salt, cayenne, lemon pepper mixture.

heated some oil on the tractor rim...

mixed up a batch of jalapeno hushpuppies.. cornmeal, flour, baking powder, one egg, milk, salt, cayenne, minced onion, minced jalapeno and whole kernels of corn.

fried the fish first,  lowered the heat in the pot by moving it off the fire a bit. Then fried the hushpuppies...

That's about it... I ate quite a few fish while hot off the fire so I didn't feel like eating much supper.

It was pretty tasty!

The temperature dropped into the high 20's and low 30's at night so the campfire felt really good.

It was SO pretty in the evening....

Later that night I stabbed a few pieces of leftover catfish and hushpuppies with a stick and roasted them over the fire.  Couldn't believe how good they were. I will do this again next time I go.

experienced my first "caveman style" hushpuppy. (yeah, it fell into the fire).  Much to the horror of friends, I stabbed the fallen hushpuppy, brushed it off and popped it into my mouth!  I tried to explain the latest caveman style cooking fad (cooking directly on hot coals) but they said that even cavemen had sense enough to put their food on a stick to cook.  :)

The moon rising over the water was SO pretty. Although I froze and didn't catch one single fish, I really enjoyed just being out there. :)
Ready to go again!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Good Ole Biscuits n Gravy

Went camping not long ago and really enjoyed it. The weather was cold at night but the days were pretty  warm.  I usually make biscuits and gravy on the campfire but with high winds expected, I opted to use the little charcoal cooker.

Place my biscuits into a buttered pie pan, topped with another buttered pie pan. Wrapped the whole thing in foil and set it over the coals to cook. I rotated and flipped the pan often for even cooking.

Also started a skillet of sausage for the gravy...

fried a skillet of hash browns too...

added flour, seasonings and milk to the browned sausage to make the gravy...

scrambled a few eggs in butter..

the biscuits take about 25 minutes...

The biscuits, sausage gravy and eggs....not sure where my skillet of hash browns were sitting.

Biscuits, sausage gravy, hash browns, eggs and fruit to make it look healthy..

Tasted pretty good at the time. :)

I enjoyed the camp out even though I froze and didn't catch any fish. It was just nice being out there.