Sunday, October 10, 2010

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Wowie  Zowie. What a weekend! Two very foodie events went down: Friday's ChiliBrew competition at 2640 and Saturday's monthly Food Makers potluck. Thanks to the cleaning fairy, my kitchen eventually recovered.

The ChiliBrew was awesome! I brought my espresso chili and some Trader Joe's frito scooper thingies. After a long call shift, I was too tired to bake the corn bread I'd planned to bring. The chili was pretty spicy but fairly well received. It got second place, which was fun. I had a blast meeting people, sharing my food, and sampling all the delicious homebrew!

 Here's my empty chili pot and chip bowl. Like my improvised sign?

Kevin ended up manning ChiliBrew organizer Ian's kegs. Someone told him he was a "soldier" with serving thirst folks all that beer.

Saturday's Food Makers potluck in the sunshine was divine. We pressed apples on Brian's homemade cider press. Good weather, good food, good booze, good people.

Brian and his cider press-- this is the mashing stage, where a wheel with hundred of spikey screws revolve to decimate your apples. 

These strange little terra cotta nesting doll-looking things lived in the garden bed. No one knows what they are. Anyone have any idea?


  1. hey, cool blog! i came across it on the chambers rangers message board, and i looked cause i figured we were the only 2 vegans on there! then i was browsing through looking for stove pictures and there was the hostel in the forest! i went there when i was 6 (hippie parents)! go figure!

    i just got a new 90c in near perfect shape! psyched!

  2. Congrats on your 90C!! I bet we're two of the only people in the world cooking vegan food on Chambers stoves. That's cool about the hostel too. It's a pretty magical place.

    Small world.

  3. Ooh, your cider press looks lovely! They don't really do cider here in the UK (cider here is boozy hard cider) -- you can find "cloudy" apple juice once in a blue moon, though.
    (I grew up in the US -- cider is one thing I really miss!)