|Big breakfast cooked on the woodstove|
Camplife on Afognak centers around the woodstove. We feed it wood and it feeds us heat. It is the center of all attention right in the middle of the teepee. I much prefer it for cooking rather than the white gas powered Coleman 2-burner that we used to use. The heat is tempered and food does not get burnt or stick to the bottom of pans - perfect for slow-cooked meals and 'fire-side' conversation.
On this trip one of my favorite meals was nettles cooked in SPAM. This is a long-time favorite field food (click here for another recipe). Basically you pick the tender tops of the nettles and cook them with SPAM.
I start by cooking thinly sliced SPAM to achieve a crust on each side. I then remove the SPAM and set in a warm pan under the stove, and add around 3 table spoons oil to the cast iron frying pan. Once hot I add the nettles and toss to coat with oil. Sometimes I also add Old Bay or Cajun Seasoning. I toss until the nettles are slightly wilted, and then add a 1/4 cup or so of water. This creates an explosion of steam and flash steams the nettles. I might do this twice until the nettles are thoroughly cooked (and will not sting anymore). But don't overcook them too much either! Then I re add the SPAM and serve.
|Zoya washes the dishes with sand and salt water|
|S'mores on the woodstove|
|Picking nettles to cook on woodstove|
|Nettles sautéed in oil|
|Nettles and SPAM - my favorite meal|
|Gregg sawing wood for stove|