After a long, hard day in the creek bed shoveling and sifting gravel, the last thing a 49’er miner wanted to do was prepare a meal. This simple fare offered a quick fix as well as a host of health problems.
Start a fire. Let the wood burn down to coals. Mix:
2 tbsp butter 1 ½ cup flour water salt onion powder 1 egg
Stir until smooth. *The batter should be thick.
Using a clean shovel, rest it in coals until hot.
A deep fire pit is NOT necessary for this recipe.
Support shovel firmly over coals. Pour batter over the blade. Use a long-handled spatula or spoon to keep it in place until the base sets.
Lightly press against batter to determine doneness.
It’s done when it feels spongy.
Click on the photo to watch a video about malnutrition during the California Gold Rush.
Finely chop potatoes.
Fry in oil till done.
Salt and pepper to taste.
Set aside to cool.
Chop or tear watercress into bite-sized pieces.
Add fresh or sun-dried tomatoes (in oil).
Dress with red wine vinegar and oil.
Top with grated cheese.
1/4 cup canned milk
2 tblsp. water
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 tblsp. white Karo syrup
4 cups nuts
1 tsp. vanilla
Mix together all but nuts and vanilla.
Boil until a soft ball is formed in water, about 7 to 10 minutes.
Remove from heat and add 1 tsp. vanilla and nuts.
Stir until you can’t stir any longer.
Separate quickly on waxed paper.
Jeanette (3rd Daughter, child#5): Candied walnuts were always one of our Thanksgiving and Christmas time treats, because of course, we picked them up in the fall. I think people today miss out on some of the richness of life by being deprived of the seasonality of some foods. Waiting. . . the anticipation of special foods during a coming season, makes for wonderful memories of the tastes and the good times.
Lisa (first grandchild): I remember Jaja sitting at a table for hours cracking walnuts with his hammer. For Christmas, he would give us bags of perfect walnut meats. Years later when I attempted to do the same…I fully appreciated the skill it took to crack the shells without damaging the meat!
A Chocolate Tasting is a fun activity for group entertaining.
At a family gathering (Grandma’s 90th birthday party!), our Jen conducted a chocolate tasting and provided instructions.
She started out with lighter chocolates with lower percentages of cacao and worked up to darker chocolates with different flavors.
The image to the right is Jen showing a
bacon flavored chocolate—->
After the chocolate bars were tasted, we progressed to dipped fruits – bananas, oranges and mangoes; then on to chocolate dipped potato chips.
Also on the list was white chocolate stuffed raspberries.
It goes without saying that the Chocolate Tasting was a huge hit!