For those who don't know, I'm in Utah visiting my folks and teaching several classes this weekend at the Honeyville Farms stores in Brigham City and Salt Lake City. If you're here to enter the giveaway for the quick cook beans go here.
Needless to say, as an Arizona girl, I haven't seen real snow falling from the sky in about 10 years. Tuesday when I woke up there was a beautiful blanket of white fluffy colder-than-cold snow all over the place. It was like waking up in Narnia. My parents have two cats. One looks like a cartoon character who swallowed a watermelon walking around on cotton ball feet and the other cat...a black feather duster on crack. I swore that the two cats better not start talking or I certainly would be in that mystical world of C. S. Lewis.
Since the cats didn't offer me marmalade and toast, I assumed I was still home, and therefore needed to try out the Global Sun Oven in the snow. I'm a bit obsessed with my Solar Cooking. It's a hobby that started many years ago and now it's just how I live. I love it! Now, I'd read many times that they worked on the sunlight even in the cold. They've been used at the base camps of Mt. Everest! What the heck! So, a I thought I'd just give it a try. What's the worst thing that could happen? Right? So...we set it out on the patio...right next to the snow covered barbeque. Aligned it with the sun...waited about 10 minutes and then..
Stupid clouds. I spit on you. How rude.
I had many errends to run so we packed up the oven and waited until the afternoon. Around 2:30 I ventured out again. The snow had melted off a bit but it was still stinkin' cold. After 15 minutes we were over 250 degrees and I decided to put some grain in the solar oven. Quinoa Salad is very high on my list of favorite things and I wanted to at least cook the grain for my family to go along with our slow cooked Spanish beef and homemade Salsa Verde.
We tightly covered the grain and water with some foil in a loaf pan and then covered the pan with a dark cotton cloth (to help with the heat absorbtion in the oven).
It took about 45 minutes, which is a little longer than usual, but the sun was going behind clouds every few minutes. However...I'm happy to report that we still got some beautifully cooked quinoa!
It was perfect for dinner's feast instead of rice.
I'm a big fan! So there you go! It can be done, even if it's just one dish to feed your family. I think if the sky had been clear, I could have done a lot more baking but for being in the snow, I was super impressed!
Always My Very Best,
Your Friend Chef Tess