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Morning all and welcome again to the "Fireside."
It has been three weeks now since Quigley slipped away and we still find we are looking for her around the house. I was running through some old pictures last night and felt that pang of pin still alive in me. I suppose you never loose it.
I was asked recently if I would consider writing a post on the several dogs which have come and gone in my life. That is something I will be working on as they were all special and all had their own personalities. They are like people are they not.
So today I think it appropriate to write about that first cup of coffee in the morning... you know the one that tastes the best. Gather around and lets see where the thoughts takes us this morning.
For Some its Just Coffee
When you combine fresh air, loons calling in the distance and the last call of the night by a wolf pack across the lake. Well I can tell you campfire coffee signifies you are in for a great day.
Campfire coffee is one of the simplest yet best coffee you will find.
My recipe... and prescription is....
1: Boil water from the lake or stream in any container, set aside.
2: Forget about the measuring spoon, just toss in a handful.
3 Keep just away from flames, let it slowly simmer 10 minutes.
4: Pour and drink.
5: Repeat if necessary...
Sound simple, well it is and the taste will snap the sleepiest taste buds awake and keep them awake all day. Now combine that robust flavour with frying bacon and eggs, toast on a stick and you are like royalty without all the trappings.
Needless to say the added features such as the smell of the fresh air, wood smoke and ambient sounds all around you and you have a winner.
I like to call it the Yuppie Line up... you will find them in most cities. You know the one where you stand in line with your Amani Suit, 200.00 dollar tie, 75,000 BMW sports car running outside. It is here where you look at a menu with 1000 different options. I will not mention any chain gourmet coffee places but I think you get the picture.
Says the person ahead of you... "Lets see today I think I will have a Frappe, Latte with low fat skimmed goats milk, oh and add a shot of this that and that other thing." I have been there and well done that a few times but best you ask for some coffee to be added. Now comes the real kicker when the efficient barista smiles and says that will be 7.95 with tax please.... ouch as you reach into your pocket and check your couch change to see if you have enough.
Years ago I would stop every morning after already working a few hours dressed in my work clothes which was cutoffs, a t-shirt, sandals. When it came my turn I would simply say... "Large dark roast, black please." It was like all heads would turn and the place would get deathly quiet. It was like I had committed a mortal sin of some kind. My cost 1.95 including tax.
After a few weeks I woud come in and the girls would simply pass me my coffee. It avoided all the line ups where everyone was talking on their phones or checking their email. In and out in under 3 minutes with what I had come for "Coffee." It may not have been campfire coffee but it was full bodied.
I am just saying once you have tried it in the settings I would find myself in, free out in nature well it was hard to beat. You even come to love the sound of that pesky squirrel spitting volleys of vulgarity at you from overhead.
Compare that to the scene in the morning line up and well I think I have made my point.
I do have an alternative for home make believe camfire coffee. Boil water in a cooking pot or old coffee pot on the stove. Toss in your coffee and remove from the heat otherwise it will boil over. Let stand for 5 minutes pour and enjoy. No strainers allowed as part of the experience is drinking the grounds as well.
I think the best part is you are playing a part of North American tradition. It was the way back then and it never killed anyone. If you are feeling the mood, well brew up a pot and raise your cup with mine and say good morning world...
© Rolly A. Chabot
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