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Thursday, April 3, 2014

C is for...

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For this, my 5th year doing the Challenge, it's the
A to Z of Anansi the spider.

C is for Cooking Pot

Because so many Anansi stories have to do with acquiring and eating food, the cooking pot frequently makes an appearance. It is a most valued possession.

There is also the coal pot used for cooking food. The two go to together like a beans and rice or fish and fungi -- fungi is boiled cornmeal which usually has okra in it.

Legend has it that Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs (and native Virgin Islander) used to be called Fish 'n' Fungi because of his love for the dish. I don't know if that's true or not, but it's a nice story.

When I was a kid we used coal pots. My grandmother had one by her chair in the dining room of her guesthouse and every morning she'd toast slices of her freshly baked bread for her guests.


  1. Hi Bish - what a lovely memory to have .. and I love toast cooked over fire - just smells so nice! and tastes extra delicious.

    Outside cooking is always good - don't know why it tastes better .. but so often so!

    Wonderful memories for you to have and Anasi obviously needs to be around ..

    I like cornmeal .. but boiled .. not so sure and Okra is an acquired taste which I don't get very often over here ...

    Cheers Hilary

  2. Actually a clever idea. You could take a mini campfire with you anywhere.

  3. Bish
    God but that food sounds good (and healthy) And baked bread by your Grandmother. Love the idea of those pots. I have one from my macrobiotic days kinda like it but it goes in the oven.

  4. Very clever and very handy. I can almost smell that stew now.

  5. I'm a big fan of clay cookware. It's a wonderful way to make some of the most amazing dishes. And it has so much character too, especially the more you use it.

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  6. That's awesome! It's like an old fashioned crock pot. Yum! :)

  7. That's very cool. I love the pot and wish we cooked like that. Maybe after we get to our new house we'll do more of that, outdoors, because we do live in Florida.

  8. Okay. Now I have to have one of those things. :)

  9. It looks like across between a cauldron and a dutch oven. Cool.

  10. I bet that was one mighty fine stew..

  11. There you did it again. I love fungi.

  12. Great memory! That thing looks awesome.

  13. I like looking at old-fashioned cookware. Yes, I noticed pots were important in your collection. :)

  14. I love this way of cooking. It seems so hearthspun and homerific. (I'm sure those are words : )


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