Thursday, July 10, 2014

Prairie Dog Stew, Hammock Cakes, and news from "The Outlaw Unchained" series

“The Outlaw Unchained” series has a new release next week,7/17.
The author remains nameless at this time and the direction of the story has yet to be released other than to say, you haven’t seen either of them coming, if you know what I mean.
Here is what the author team has sent me though, two recipes, circa 1863: Prairie Dog Stew & Squaw Cakes or as some call them, Hammock Cakes.
Please remember they didn’t have modern kitchens or utensils out on the Range back in the day!
Without further ramblin’ here are the recipes:

2-3 prairie dogs, some kind of grease or fat, a pinch or two of salt, beans(whatever you have squirrelled away in your ruck sack), if you can steal them- corn and tomatoes (okay any veggie you can scrounge), and an onion or two if you got’em.
Grab your cast iron pan or whatever you cook on and skin and brown them dogs in whatever grease you got.
Season to taste with the salt and whatever “herbs” you have.
If you have a kettle fill it with water and cook the beans, corn, and whatever else you borrowed.
Add the onions.
Add those delicately sautéed dogs when the beans and borrowed items are half cooked and finish it off.
You can serve this fine gourmet meal with these bad boys of the Trail:
A little bit of butter or whatever kinda grease you are using out there on the dusty trail, flour, a pinch of salt, and blasting powder,…. Wait that should be baking powder or talcum powder if you have it. Basically some kind of powder to make the biscuit not be a piece of saltine cracker.
If you don’t have a wire wisk, (I think I would have one with me on my horse out there on the Range), somehow mix it all together and try to mix enough clean water into it to make a slightly thin batter. It should run from whatever utensil you are using, or your hand-whatever, but kinda slow like.
To cook these bad boys, get’em onto a hot greased skillet or shovel and hold’em above the fire until they start to rise, then lower onto a hot fire until cooked on one side, turn and repeat and eat. If you got it, spread some jam or something on ‘em, dip ‘em in Prairie Dog Stew, whatever your hankerin’ is.
Hey, what happens on the Range, stays on the Range. Am I right or am I right?

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