Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Snow Today!

Morning, April 1, 2014
Nature played a snowy joke.
It's not an April Fools...it really snowed. 
And then the power went off. 
Which was a neat thing because I got to make stew 
on the wood stove. 

The stew was really good even if the house had a bit of a scorched smell. 
I filled the dutch oven too full of liquid 
and then built the fire up too high. 

I have great admiration for the women 
who had to cook using wood, coal, etc. 
They were very skilled 
in knowing how to build and judge the fire temperature. 

There are lots of ways people used to test 
the oven temperatures before thermometers.
Well, at least I came up with a few when I Googled.

I like least the idea of putting my hand in the oven 
and counting how long I could stand to leave my hand inside. 
I liked best the idea of sprinkling some flour in the oven 
and counting how long it took to brown. 
Tricky business!

I think I'll stick to my gas cooktop
and/or the top of my wood stove when needed
or for fun.


1 comment:

lisa said...

Oh my, I hate to say it, but I am sure glad we don't have the stuff! I sure agree with you, love the wood cooking but then just for fun, would not want to have to cook on it all the time! Modern conveniences have really spoiled us all!