The Journey Continues on Disc 9!
Sooo I was back at camp not to past 2PM on Satuday and it was time to enjoy a beer while prepping my EPICAwesome Super Secret Appetizer for the Potluck Battle Royale! First I had to find something to skewer my food on. Found some small dowels at a general store and soaked em in water. And the super secret ingredients are:
Combined with fire and herbs to become Toasted Crusty Break in Olive oil with Rosemary Mozzarella chunks wrapped in Prosciutto, The Pork of the Gods.
Cut up the crusty bread, the best way is to tear it up by hand into un even chunks, but I was being VERY lazy. Toss a bunch of olive oil and rosemary chopped up on it and let sit, shaking up occasionally. Seperate Mozz into small pieces/balls. Then you basically should join together in holy matri-moan-ee the cheese and bread wrapping in a piece of prosciutto then skewer for easy grilling. Well my skewers failed and I went to simple way. Piece of bread, piece of cheese ontop and cover with piece of prosciutto. Grill. To get melty reuqires too long on the grill directly so after having to reject the first few I went with a quick grill on the open fire then place on foil for finishing while covered also in foil. Worked pretty well as long as I got the toast right. Only ended up with 25 good pieces. OH well.
Finally potluck is starting a bit after 6, food is out! Tons of food. 5 picnic tables full pretty much. Some way amazing, some was average. Everyone had fun while working on the 2 kegs of beer. Voting kicked off around 6:50 and by 7:20 the vote was in. I wasn't even nominated for the final running and here was the organizers thoughts on why several excellent things didn't get nominations. Not enough of it. Ran out before everyone got some and no 2nds. so next time I have to plan for 1.2 to 1.3 times group production.
During making my dish I opened a bottle of DuClaw's X-1 an Bourbon Barrel Aged - Imperial Chocolate Rye Porter. Amazing. One of the best porters I've ever had. Well balanced, super smooth. Damn good. 98 on Rate Beer.
After dinner I opened a bottle of Schlafly Reserve Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, that for a bourbon barrel stout was very mild interms of bourbon boy whoooo was it rocket fuel, I think 10% and change. I chilled a bit with various groups sharing some out and eventually went back to my camp area and stoked the fire. So I added logs, got the fire going good and relaxed. And I was sleepy. That nights 4 hours was catching up to me and so I decided to nap for a bit. And I was asleep from 9:30 till about 11:30 when nature called. And after a quick mental debate back to bed I went. Heard the wind a bit and it was starting to chill down but I was toasty warm in the sleeping bag.
Slept till about 7:15, that was awesome. Wanted to sleep more but nature called and so it was up into a VERY cold pair of jeans. Quick walk around the area to warm up a bit and when I was back the other tent's occupants were stirring or at least the wife was. So I setup the camp stove for breakfast of oatmeal and cocoa and started emptying out the car for re-packing everything. Car reports 41 degrees. Joy. By 9 I was fully packed and ready to roll out. Quick walk around to chat with folks, help clean up the potluck area and such and I was out at 9:20'ish to park in the overflow lots as we were supposed to be out of camp by noon. Car was reporting mid 50's at least.
And then things got ugly. Thats for tonight or tomorrow in Revenge of the Lost Map of Doom.
Photo stolen from Neil A.