No salt and pepper? WHAT?

Community Leader
Registered: 02-27-1999
No salt and pepper? WHAT?
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Mon, 03-10-2014 - 10:50pm

At the campground this weekend, my kids and I had a ton of fresh veggies, a pork loin, charcoal, an oven in the cabin, cookware, and NO SALT OR PEPPER.  My kids grew up in my restaurants, so they were all over this too; they called out for someone to bring some Tony Chachere's seasoning.  I said, "No, that won't get it...entirely!"  My daughter got very creative and went outside to ask other campers if they could spare a little salt and pepper; she came back with two teacups with a few tsp of each for table seasoning, but I had already seasoned our vegetable packets (in foil on the grill) with...(drum roll)...crumbled raw spicy breakfast sausage!  I pointed out the benefits (keep in mind, we were camping, nearest pantry was 11 miles away in a grocery store) of seasoning with sausage:  salt, pepper, fennel, sage, garlic, onion, smoke...OMG, it was GOOD!  The kids were on board with me.  

Our campfire menu:  Pork loin studded with garlic, bell pepper, onions; seasoned with Tony's.  Mac and cheese for the toddlers, of course.  Veggie packets:  mushrooms, zucchini, yellow squash, onions, asparagus, peppers, and a few things I don't recall.  With the sausage crumbled in, and I made some really awesome hollandaise sauce, the meal was fit for ...screw the king, it was fit for my family!

I love camping meals.  Sometimes they call for great creativity.  

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Community Leader
Registered: 02-27-1999
Thu, 03-13-2014 - 8:03pm

I believe that salt and pepper belong on the table, and don't use them in cooking unless they provide some element that would be missed.  In this case, foil packet veggies are pretty much steamed and they needed some enhancement.  I've always been pretty creative at bringing flavor to the table without using salt; garlic and lemon juice went a long way in my restaurant dishes.  But we had SO LITTLE to work with in the campground!  I only had 2 lemons, and they both went into the hollandaise.  

I know my boyfriend is aware of my sensitivity to salt...LOL!  I'll taste something and say, "a bit salty.." and he will be dumping salt on.  We are both pepper lovers...the more the better!


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iVillage Member
Registered: 01-16-2013
Wed, 03-12-2014 - 11:30am

I don't use salt and pepper though I do use garlic or onion powder if I need something spiced up. Once you get used to not having salted food, it isn't as bad as it sounds.

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-25-2008
Tue, 03-11-2014 - 12:08pm

Your headline caught my attention and your post made me hungry! I thought you might be talking about the fact many people don't have salt or pepper shakers on their tables. I can't even begin to imagine not having them but I guess many people don't use salt or pepper.

Brenda