Brilliance Flashes! Mother Necessity Invents Pilgrim Speed Squash! A vegetable sidedish:
- so easy I put it together in 2 minutes!
- so healthy because it has no fat!
- so nutritious because it combines pumpkin, corn, and apples
- so yummy that kids (even my kids) like it!
- so colorful it looks pretty on a Thanksgiving party table
- so loved by harried cooks because it will cook almost anywhere at any heat for any length of time
Plus, Pilgrim Speed Squash has historical significance! -The Pilgrims surely had all of the ingredients at their first Thanksgiving. If I’d been on that Plymouth Rock, you can be sure I would have been cooking up Pilgrim speed squash on a campfire.
Here’s the history of Pilgrim Speed Squash. Last Tuesday afternoon was sunny and warm. Meteorologists throughout Wisconsin were sounding warnings of winter doom to come Friday. I had one last chance to cook on a campfire. All summer I’d intended to cook a meal in our backyard fire pit. And all summer I’d done other things instead.
So when the kids got home from school I announced that dinner would be roasted hot dogs over a campfire. Lauren (9) and Dave (5) were excited to help me get the fire going. Since the yard had so many leaves and sticks I didn’t need the charcoal and newspaper. (I’m not very good at building campfires – I cheat often.) The dry leaves got burning fast, and soon we had a blaze. I was so impressed by my success, I started telling the kids that this was just like the Pilgrims would have done it. (I left out the part about the Pilgrims not having a half pack of matches.) Yes, I told the kids, we were going to cook a meal like the Pilgrims would have cooked.
“They had hot dogs, Mommy?” questioned Dave.
“Venison strips,” I replied. “Same thing.”
Once the fire burned down a bit I put a large potato wrapped in foil into a pocket of embers.
“They didn’t have foil either, Mom,” said Lauren. “And their potato wasn’t from Korea.” Lauren is at that endearing age which relishes facts rather than romance.
Of course, a regular sweet potato could cook in the fire, but I had just bought a Korean sweet potato from Lee’s Oriental shop. My good friend from South Korea, Kyong A, turned me on to Korean sweet potatoes. They have thin, reddish skins and yellow flesh. They are so tasty that they are best enjoyed without butter, or salt, or pepper, – (condiments I always put on regular potatoes). Plus the kids like them better than all other potatoes too!
After the potato had cooked awhile, it was time to get the hot dogs. The kids had been having such a great time poking the fire and throwing sticks on it that I didn’t dare leave them alone with it. I insisted they come inside with me to get the hot dogs. They did, but I wasn’t fast enough. Minutes later the kids ran outside. I called after them not to go near the fire. They went to the swing set on the other side of the yard. I had some time, but not much. The lure of the fire was too strong for prolonged resistance.
I’d already gotten the hot dogs on to a tray but realized that our meal lacked a healthy vegetable. What did I have that could be cooked on a campfire, and I could put together fast?!!! I checked outside, they were still on the swing set. What?!!! Plus, I’d foolishly been turning this meal into a history lesson. What did I have that the Pilgrims would have eaten?!!!