Cooking Pots, Guns and Kitchen Safety

What do guns and cooking pots have in common when it comes to kitchen safety? As it turns out, plenty. Growing up half a century ago as a young boy in a beautiful country in Africa, it was drummed into me by my amazing hunting grandmother that you never point a gun at a person even if the gun is not loaded. Break that rule, get the unloaded assumption wrong. and you are heading for tragedy.

I think the rule should apply to toy guns as well.

The same rule applies to cooking pots. Always put cooking pots on genuine heat resistant surfaces, even when the pots are cold. It is a good habit to get into. Never assume that the pot is not hot . Have a look at the picture to see what happens if you get the assumption wrong!

See? Guns and cooking pots have plenty to teach us.

John

Patricia’s Mouth Watering Crisp, Crunchy “Roast” Potatoes

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Here is how my wife made crisp, crunchy “roast” potatoes for our 2021 New Year’s Day roast lamb lunch.

First she peeled some potatoes, cut them in half and par boiled them in salt water (Don’t let them get too soft). Next she poured the potatoes into a colander and let them stand for a few minutes. Then, she lightly scuffed the potatoes with a fork so that they were not too smooth and sprinkled coarse sea salt over the potatoes. (Scuffing the potatoes makes them come out really crisp and crunchy!). Finally, she fried the potatoes in a pan. She used Canola oil. Quite deep.

Look at the results. No need to say more!

Ribeye “off the grid” African Bush Cooking Master Class

Another masterclass by our two good friends who have many years experience producing meals “off the grid” in the African Bush (Addo). This time it is cooking ribeye steak using a Cobb gas cooker. No coals to clean up. Instant heat. A mouth watering result!

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Getting the Cobb Gas Cooker ready

Toasting Tramezzini on the griddle

Ribeye steaks ready to cook on the griddle

Ribeye done – The two pieces were sliced to check if the inside was done

Frying red and yellow onions of a separate camping gas cooker

Excellent – cooked in the African bush

Add salads and the “off the grid” meal is ready

Thanks again to our two good and very “bush smart” friends.