When was the last time you had s’mores around a raging campfire? Yesterday? Sometime during your childhood? Never?
For those of you who did not have a North American childhood, “s’mores” is a contraction of “some more” – it is a challenge to eat just one. S’mores consist of graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate. There are two ways of making them:
1. Large marshmallows are toasted on a stick or skewer over a campfire and then placed between two graham crackers with a piece of chocolate (the residual heat will melt the chocolate or at least soften it to make the sandwich.
2. Marshmallows and chocolate are placed in between two graham crackers and wrapped in a piece of aluminum foil (or in a wire basket) which then go close to the fire to heat up the mixture for a melted chocolate-marshmallow result.
Apparently, it was the Girl Scouts in the U.S. who can claim bragging rights to these delectable sandwiches. Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts came out way back in 1927. The first published recipe made it into this fascinating guide-book (the title alone makes it worth seeking, at used book stores or rummage sales…).
I made s’mores bars for a new year’s bonfire/potluck party. Originally, I planned to bring the ingredients for s’mores: However I could not figure out how anyone could make these in a relatively safe manner, in front of raging fire – not your average campfire. Fortunately, I had come across a simple and quick recipe Cajun Chef Ryan posted right before new year’s.
On our island, recycling is a major past-time, as is composting and “burns”. The latter only can take place between mid-October and mid-April. Such fires are ways of getting rid of non-toxic debris, as we have no municipal garbage pick up.
Gratuitous kitty pictures – to keep things in perspective:
Jinja likes to hide at the bottom of a branch-filled giant vase.
From this angle, Jinja looks like a giant cat, emerging from said vase.
For the recipe and the review…