January 10th, 2012

camp cook

Cookin' up a storm

I worked on the menu for the Winter Rendezvous this afternoon. January 20-22 is the Wapehani District event. We will have upwards of 500 Scouts and Scouters camping in (we hope) the snow. Our happy Crew is the cook staff. We are feeding the staff and whomping up the epic Feast that closes out the big day of winter fun. Bambi was elusive this year, so we have no venison; still, there will be some interesting tastes for the campers to sample.

Friday Night Crackerbarrel for 150-200 people will feature Sausage Balls as well as a fine deli tray of Summer Sausage, Cheese, Hot Peppers, and Crackers.

Staff Breakfast on Saturday morning will be Breakfast Burritos and Oatmeal.

Staff Lunch will feature Dublin Coddle, Soda Bread, and Bread & Butter Pudding.

The Feast will have four entrees, three sides, and three desserts.
Beef Brisket cooked low and slow in the ol' smoker, with BBQ sauce on the side.
Alligator Gumbo made from scratch, over white rice.
Saarländer Eintopf (a pork and kraut dish).
Spatchcocked Turkey.
Christmas Hash (an apple-potato hash with rosemary and fennel).
Macaroni & Cheese.
Italian Salad.
Granola Bars made from scratch.
Phred's Glop (a concoction of jello, fruit, cheese, whipped topping, etc.)
Winter Cabin (a show-stopper featuring a layer of cake, a layer of ice cream, a trifle-filled attic, covered in meringue and baked, with gingerbread sides.

Saturday night crackerbarrel is leftovers. Sunday morning breakfast for the few staff remaining is called scrounge-fer-it.
storming the castle

So, they're still broadcasting news programs, I see

I watched a couple of hours of election coverage tonight to see what some folks were making of the New Hampshire primary. It was an interesting experience. I have not watched any TV news to speak of, on any network, since the night Barack Obama was elected President. I basically get my news from the internet.

I keep up on what's happening, but whereas once I watched 1-2 hours of news every day, I just can't stand it any more. I get angry or depressed even thinking about it. Maybe once we've gotten rid of old Hope 'n' Change, I'll perk up and get interested again. But as it goes, I'm just waiting for November. I've waited more than three years. Only ten months to go.

Wow, I'm out of shape

I finally felt good enough to go down to the Fitness Center and get a little exercise tonight. I changed my shoes and fired up one of the treadmills. I decided to do just a wee bit and see where I was in my stamina.

The first quarter-mile was to establish a good sense of what I could sustain. I worked my way up to 2 mph with a 5% grade. I did my second quarter at that setting, then started increasing elevation, then speed. I did my third quarter at 3 mph with a 10% grade. As I began the fourth quarter-mile, I began easing off the elevation until it was at 0%. The last little bit, I eased off the speed a bit. I was shaking after I finished.

Still, not too bad. If I were to go 2-3 times per week for a half-hour to an hour each time and get some road work in, that would be a real help. As my stamina increases, I can do more mileage. I like a moderate grade, too. Once I begin to get comfortable, I can bring my backpack to the Center and put weights in it. This adds more resistance of the sort I need to get in shape for the trail. Without taking longer on the treadmill, I can get more exercise from it.

That, plus more hiking and camping and outdoor work as the spring comes on constitutes my exercise plan. My diet plan is not yet really under way, yet. Baby steps, baby steps. I must forge ahead.