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My father could cook too. Why not? He was French! And so he set an example for me. Of course, my mother was great too with hand-me-down recipes examples of her German heritage, but they were more, shall we say, complicated or lengthy. She was the primary source of meal preparation, but on occasion, Ovid would relieve her. Neither did "cut & paste" recipes so common today. www.aarp.org/community/editor/fckeditor/editor/images/smiley/msn/wink_smile.gif" />
Ovid's meals were simple and quick such as his pea soup supper, pancake with embedded bacon breakfast, and the indoor or outdoor "Hobo Dinner" which he discovered as an unemployed adult of the great depression of the 1930's. It probably originated from the transients traveling at no cost using an earlier AMTRACK version of transportation called "riding the rails."
The "Hobo Dinner" is a hot, main meal of the day requiring as little as a campfire, almost no preparation, and using whatever nutrional sources are at hand, and no dinnerware. Early versions used a container, set in the coals of an outdoor fire, but with the introduction of aluminum foil, it was only necessary to wrap the ingredients prior to placing into a fire or the convenience of an oven.
As I recall, Ovid would take a small handful of hamburger, a diced potato, and whatever veggie was in season or available. All were fashioned into individual portions, depending upon the number of table settings, wrapped and sealed in aluminum foil. A couple hundred of oven degrees later and with the little hand on the clock advancing almost three quarters to the next hour, volia!
It was French cuisine "a la Ovid" combined with fast food, well almost, before its time known as an "Hobo Dinner."
I invite all of you who "Love to Cook" to an "Hobo Dinner" with its infinite variations of preparation, ingredients, and cooking.
Bon appetite, Duane(OF)
I USED TO MAKE THAT IS GIRL SCOUTS OVER THE OPEN FIRE! WAY BACK IN THE DAY! :-) YES--IT CAN BE OVER THE GRILL..JUST BE SURE TO LEAVE ROOM FOR STEAM EXPANSION. AND GAME WORKS WELL ALSO..IF YOU ARE HUNTING! AND FISH ALSO.. FIRM FISH.. NOT FLAKY AS IT WILL FALL APART.
HAPPY VALENTIN'S DAY TO YOU!