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Trial by Fire
Once out touring I soon discovered the pleasure of soaking at the wide array of hot springs. In the Kootenay’s of British Columbia my friends Max and Virginia had a wood fired sauna. The Doukhobors settled the Slocan Valley and first of firsts was building a sauna. Wood fired, buried in river rock, and generous buckets of water tossed atop allowed a hard working soul useful heat and steam that they could use for purposes of easing aches and scrubbing skin clean. I built my own sauna in Camp Verde, Arizona.
Hot water for the two hot dogs in Key West
About the same time I’d come to be friends with locals who had grown up barbecuing with mesquite. Once you’ve been down this road you’ll be hard pressed to take any other.
Now a good outdoor earthen oven is in our future. We’ll bake breads, pies and pizzas. Fire roasted vegetables can be cooked to a fine delectability. Once the oven cools we’ll dry fresh sliced fruits and vegetables and store in jars for use in salads on days we won’t be building a fire.
We’re both passionate about the flavors found in foods cooked by wood fire. So this is our way of expanding our menu and making cooking an adventure. A lot of our journey is being taken up with expanding what we prepare to eat. We can surf around to specialty food suppliers and buy anything we might want.
It’s Friday and we’re battening down for our pineapple express, fixing some hibiscus tea, turning a few pages to our favorite hard bounds notching our idle time while waiting for the sunny breaks, news dumps and other politically inspired bimbo eruptions.