Kitchen skills

For the Ragtag Daily Prompt: cook.

I really do like to cook. Eating is a pleasure too and I am blessed with children, now young adults, who always liked to eat. No fussy eaters in our house! I wouldn’t allow sodas in the house and when we went to restaurants, they could choose soda as a dessert or a dessert but not both. I harped on the evils of sugar and television, at least, too much of either. We did and do eat chocolate.

This is my cousin’s cabin, at Lake Matinenda, from 2012. The earliest cabin is from the late 1930s and they all have pretty basic kitchens. We filter the lake water now but used to drink it straight from the lake. My family stayed in a tent mostly and my parents, mostly my mother, cooked on a single burner camp stove. Bless her! A lot of work! We all took part in the cabin work. Trash taken out by boat, filling water buckets, working with hand tools and cooking on burners. The propane refrigerator is much better than trying to function out of a cooler! It taught all of us good camping kitchen skills and we have family recipes for the lake stay.

5 thoughts on “Kitchen skills

  1. This all sounds delightful (minus the bugs and no easy hot water…I’m so spoiled!)

  2. shoreacres says:

    In the cabin I enjoyed for some years, there was a four burner propane stove, but we still functioned out of a cooler. I think I’d still stick with the stove in a forced choice, since in the winter you can heat bath water on it!

    • drkottaway says:

      Ours are not insulated so the cabins are not a great place to stay when the lake freezes over. I have not been there in the winter, but other family members have! I would like to someday. Also, my grandmother kept going up there into her 90s. We would heat water for a tub set in the woods when she became too frail to climb in and out of the lake!

      • shoreacres says:

        Of course, our winters aren’t so terribly cold. There were times when the temperatures fell below freezing, but the creek never froze, and the springs continued to flow. The wood burning stove was so efficient we sometimes had to open windows to cool things down if we got over-enthusiastic with the wood.

        • drkottaway says:

          We had to crack the window in Colorado even when it was 10 below. My metabolism runs like a furnace if I am healthy, exercise and eat. I totally get the words “Flame on!”
          This summer in the cabin I did not light any fires in the wood stove because the woods were so dry and there were fires across Ontario. We sleep in tents, more bug proof and anyhow I want to feel the beloved earth holding me. The tents are toasty.

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