First sighting was out on the pavers in front of the library. John was working on one of his dishes.
|John has been using his oven for over 15 years.|
|On his boat.|
|Cooking everything from bread to fish|
|Anne and Doug chatting about various features|
|Ray! Stop drooling over the banana bread!|
|This was soooo good!|
Doug had made ginger rice. White rice and sliced up ginger, using about 3/4 of the water usually used. He makes enough for a week and then adds various ingredients for a wide variety of meals. What cultural food group doesn't use rice for something? He keeps the rice in his fridge, cooks up whatever he's making and then adds the rice to heat it up before finishing. That works. And it was delicious.
|As rice goes, it was perfect. And you really can't overcook it.|
It just sort of stays on done (I'm sure you could wreck it if you left it out for days but
that would be silly)
|The outside of the cooker stays cool to the touch while the inside is hot!|
Use a mitt, Doug!
John had made bread and a tapanade. Then he put cheese on top of that and put it on to melt (that's what he was making when I walked up - it was ready really quickly due to yesterday's beautiful sunny day and use of the reflectors).
|John's bread has all sorts of nuts and grains. It is dense and delicious.|
Anne (who owns the company these days, by the way) made skinless, boneless chicken thighs. They went perfectly with Doug's rice.
|Anne told us she put NO liquid in. Just the chicken thighs and a jerk rub.|
The liquid in the pot is from the meat itself.
|Regina brought the sweet to the savory with her chocolate cake.|
|Did I mention we had mimosas too?|
With a light turn out (lots happening on a Sunday, especially when the vet is on island) there was more than enough of everything for everyone to get filled up. We did.
I think the concept of solar cooking might seem like buying a bread machine...would I ever use it? But seeing these demos and realizing it can be incorporated into life very easily, opened up the reality of the idea more for me. Not using up precious resources (or ones dangerous to the earth and inhabitants to acquire) is a big scoring point, along with something not thought about much by first world countries but well known to island people (and in many countries of the world): the amount of lung disease that can and does occur cooking over charcoal and wood for years on end. Not a good thing.
Notice how crazy healthy these people look? Is it the oven? Hmmm.
|What you see is what you get.|
The reflectors are optional.
Have a mind over matter Monday. Do something minimally.