My son, Angus, is a member of the Cincinnati Caledonian Pipe &
Drum. In fact, he's the youngest member ever of this nation's oldest operating
pipe and drum band. We decided to invite the whole CCP&D down to the farm for a
campout this past weekend.
It was too dry to risk building a campfire back in the woods, but we decided to
risk having a fire up near the house. The impetus came from one of the tenor
drummers, Jeff. Jeff had filled his truck with a lot of serious cast iron cargo
and said he wanted to get it out and try it. I take it he'd been off cooking for
a while and had a monkey on his back.
Jeff is a pioneer reenactor. He's also a serious cast iron cooker. Most of his
stuff is custom made. In fact, he had to teach the smith how to make the stuff.
I do a lot of campfire cooking, but it's nothing like this. I was humbled. Pay
careful attention to the campfire pics. That fire ring was built between 7 and 8
AM on Saturday morning, because Jeff had a major cooking jones .