Photos by MJ Klein, Hui-chen, and other people that used our camera!
I have 2 videos for you from that day. I’ve embedded them at the end of this article for your convenience.
It was time for another fantastic day at the Miaoli cabin.
Like, usual, the event started out by my talking with Becky about another party. We invited a few people we knew would enjoy being there, and before you know it, we had a party on our hands!
I know this is an unusual opening shot but whenever you see charcoal being started with a torch you know you’re in for some serious cooking of some sort! Today was no exception!
Before I get too far along in the article, there is something that I wanted to say to those who weren’t invited to this party. This was not a blogger event. People were talking about it on Twitter and I didn’t want to give the impression that some people missed out hearing about an organized event. This was a private party but we bloggers tend to make much of what we do, public. This article is a good example. So please don’t take offense if you weren’t invited. Space is limited and quite frankly the ones who were invited this time were the ones who have expressed a desire to go to the cabin for the next party.
I will reveal that the next planned Bushman event will be in September: Bushman’s Blogger Beach Party! I’ll have more details on that one shortly!
I brought 2 Dutch ovens with me, a 12″ and a 10″. There was also Becky’s dad’s 12″ on hand, and I used all 3 of them. I set up the Dutch oven cooking area on the side of the cabin, as usual.
While I was setting up, the first group of people who were there began setting things up (in the background). That’s Andre’s parents on the left, talking with Hui-chen’s mother.
Some closer up shots of the Dutch oven work area.
This is my 12″ (with the cracked lip on the lid) going.
Neil fired up the grill in the front and began grilling some meat. Other fare is shown on the table.
After the first Dutch oven had been going for about 30 minutes, I set up the second one and then stacked them up.
Nothing like a stack of Dutch ovens!
Hui-chen took this shot of me checking things out.
I don’t know who took this shot but it shows the waterway that goes by the cabin. Later on people would be hunting for shrimp here.
A few more people arrived.
What a great front porch!
Sorry that I wasn’t able to hang out under the porch at the beginning. I was tending the DOs.
This is the first dish, all done. Or should I say overdone? This is chicken and stewed vegetables. The top coals had baked the dish but was just a little bit too hot and it scorched the very top of the food. I used some rosemary that grows on the property of the cabin, and the rosemary flavor permeated this dish nicely.
Carrie Marshall in the background on the left, and our friend Tiffany on the right.
This was the second dish I cooked – stuffed peppers and mushrooms. I used cilantro (coriander) for the spicing in this dish.
Here is a close up of the chicken dish. As you can see, the black part looks a lot worse than it really was. We just cut that out. But I do hate it when that happens. Managing the top coals is perhaps one of the most difficult things about Dutch oven cooking.
Everyone seemed to enjoy the food and no one complained about the burnt flavor. Thanks everyone!
HC’s mother & Tiffany.
The weather was really great. It sprinked 2 times for about 10 minutes each. The clouds rolled in a few times and the scenery was simply gorgeous.
This shot can only mean one thing – John is cooking his famous burgers again!
He used the teppanyaki pan on the grill.
John, hard at work.
Just about done!
Putting the finishing touches on the Kellen-burgers (sorry about that pun John, but I saw it here first).
The finished product.
Hui-chen’s mom enjoying one of John’s famous burgers. For those of you who have yet to experience them, one of the ingredients is bleu cheese. The combination is excellent and the flavors match very well.
Everyone was tucking in.
The last Dutch oven item was a chocolate/cherry cake. I’ve done this one before and it came out just about perfect this time.
Tiffany liked the cake.
Caleb, John’s son, was energetically playing catch with David and John. I got some of that on video (to be edited soon). Caleb is a very nice young man and everyone enjoyed having him around.
Someone used my camera and took some nice shots of flowers on the property. Whoever you are, thank you!
Just hanging out on an old log.
One of the human faced spiders that inhabit the area.
You know by now, that we just had to have some karaoke at the cabin! I brought my PA and set it up outside. Then we hijacked the TV and put it on the big table.
Carrie was in great form and she sounded excellent.
Here I am taking a turn at it.
Caleb getting in on the act. Cute!
Here he is again!
MJ @ the mic.
While Carrie and I were singing, some of the others went hunting for river shrimp in the waterway that goes by the cabin.
They caught a few shrimp but I really don’t know how many because I was too busy singing together with Carrie. We don’t get a chance to do that very often.
But soon, we had to pack up and leave. It was all too short!
I want to thank everyone for coming to our little party in Miaoli. It was a fun time and we hope to do it again soon.
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