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Dilwyn and Gethon’s Camp Supper


Adaia’s old friends knew her from her adventuring days, and often shared food and stories around the campfire. The menu is nothing exciting: whatever they caught, brought, or foraged, but for Dilwyn and Gethon, the memories lasted forever.


Menu:

  • “Rabbit” Stew with Dumplings
  • Roast Apples


Shopping List:

  • flour
  • apples
  • onion
  • parsley
  • sage leaves
  • 8 ounces mushrooms
  • butter
  • 3 pound rabbit or chicken




Gethon’s “Rabbit” Stew


It’s a little bland, but it keeps body and soul together. Rabbit can be purchased from larger markets or specialty provisioners, but substitution and improvisation form the backbone of this recipe, so chicken or Cornish hens will do just as well. Odds are good that Gethon himself made it with chicken plenty of times, or squirrel, or any other small game they had on hand. If you don’t have eggs to make the dumplings, add ¼ cup more water and accept that the dumplings will be very dense.


  • 1 3-pound chicken or rabbit
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 whole sage leaves
  • handful parsley
  • 8 ounces mushrooms
  • salt to taste
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup water


Cut the meat apart at the joints, skinning the carcass, but leaving the bones in. Arrange in the bottom of a pot just large enough to hold the meat without stacking it. Cut the onion into a ½ inch dice and toss it and the remaining ingredients on top of the rabbit. If you have leeks or greens, toss them in, too. Add water to within half an inch of the top layer of vegetables. Cover the pot, put over the hottest part of the  fire and bring it to a boil, then move it off the fire slightly (or turn down the heat) and simmer until the meat is very tender and the vegetables are soft, at least 1 hour. The vegetables will sweat out their juices and contribute liquid to the stew, and the longer this cooks, the more flavor it has. Season to taste with salt and continue to simmer while you prepare the dumplings.


Combine the flour with the salt and rub in the butter until it resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in the eggs and the water and mix to form a dough. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto the surface of the simmering stew, cover, and cook until the dumplings are cooked through, about 10 minutes.


Dilwyn’s Roast Apples


Dilwyn was never as fond of cooking as her husband Gethon, so she leaves the bulk of the meal preparation to him and contents herself with making a little something to round things out. Quantities are rather pointless, as the procedure is the same whether you are roasting one apple or a dozen.

Core apples, wrap in kitchen foil, and roast in the embers or on the grill until the apples are soft, about 30 minutes. Serve with honey, if desired.