So, in celebration, we went on an exotic island vacation to two small islands off the northernmost tip of Hokkaido. I should perhaps mention, perhaps, that the location was quite remote, cold at night, and we camped. Also, not much in the way of grocery stores or restaurants, except for shops selling kombu seaweed and uni-don (raw sea urchin on a bed of rice).
So... camp cooking was in order! And I have to say, we ate pretty well. Here are some highlights.
The first is uniquely Japanese, although I don't think many Japanese have this meal while camping. However, I'm sure this will be the new wave in camp cooking. You can have delicious rice, meat, and vegetables all in the same little pot! It's called kamameshi.
|Thanks for the mini-kama (the little pots with cooking stand) and camping table, Mom and Dad! We used some of the anniversary money. :)|
|Waiting for the kamameshi to cook, with Mt. Rishiri in the background|
|Kamameshi, ready to eat!|
|Keith's favorite part of camping: making a fire and cooking over it.|
|Meat and vegetable packets over the fire!|
|Not cooking fast enough; Keith put the packets right in the coals.|
|Ready to eat! Served over rice cooked in the mini-kama.|
|Jingis Khan! (The zucchini came from our farm--a bit of an unusual ingredient, but delicious!)|
|Keith with the youth group boys|
|Everyone helps when cooking Jingis Khan!|