Sunday, July 29, 2007

Camping and a Recipe

This weekend, T and I went on a camping trip to Sanborn Skyline County Park in Santa Clara County. It's part of a chain of lovely parks that run along Skyline Boulevard, and get lots of play from cyclists and bikers alike.

If you ever go camping there, you should know that the park has great summer weather (cool but summery in the wooded campsites, sunny and warm on the picnic lawns). You should also know that all the sites are walk-in, and you climb a rather steep (though paved) hill to get to them. We knew, but it was still painful, yet calorie-burning. Next time, we'll reserve earlier, and closer to the bottom.

While we were relaxing amongst the trees, I finished the new Harry Potter book, which caused me to exclaim aloud multiple times. T was reading River of Shadows, by Rebecca Solnit, which is about Eadweard Muybridge, who could be said to be the guy who created the first timeline with photographs, paving the way for film.

I have a camping recipe to share. I think it was one of the most delicious over-the-fire creations I've ever made.

Potatoes with Leeks in Foil
Makes two servings

15-25 small and medium sized redskin potatoes, cut into quarters or eighths
One medium sized leek
1/4 cup Chopped Fresh Herbs (I used Rosemary, Sage and Thyme). You could also use dried herbs.
One large clove garlic, minced
Two tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon Salt

Divide the cut potatoes onto two large pieces of foil. Sprinkle the leeks, herbs and garlic among the potatoes. Cut the butter into four pieces and put two on each half of the potatoes, along with 1/4 teaspoon of salt.

Fold each packet, making sure that the potatoes are in a single layer, and place over the fire or on the grill. Cook packets until the biggest pieces of potato are tender. Your time will vary. We cooked ours using charcoal, over a fire pit, and it took 20-30 minutes.

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