Annual Pig Roast

August 6, 2007 at 1:18 pm | Posted in blogging, country living, dating, faith, family, food, free knitting patterns, gardening, Holidays, knitting, love, marriage, photography, relationships, romance, summer | 20 Comments

A view from the Pig RoastI am a vegetarian; I have been for many years.

I stopped eating red meat on my eighteenth birthday, and stopped eating other meats one-by-one over a short period of time after that. For years I ate salad bars when I went out to dinner, to a point of getting very, very tired of salad bars. It used to be difficult for me to come up with healthy forms of protien that I enjoyed eating, but today I can find a delicious variety of soy choices both at the grocery store and often at restaurants.

This week is my birthday week, and tomorrow night my husband and I will join my sister-in-law and her husband for dinner at our favorite Irish pub. They have a delicious rueben sandwich on their menu which I request with a garden patty substituted for the corned beef. Oh, it is good. That, their homemade chips with a tasty dipping sauce, and Guiness on tap make for a delightful summer dinner out and birthday treat. Meeting at that pub for a birthday dinner is a “tradition” with the four of us and it is incredibly easy to orchestrate. One person says, “So, are we meeting up at O’Lacey’s for ____’s (fill in the blank) birthday this week?” and everyone says, “Of course!”. There is never a need for discussion, just mention O’Lacey’s … we’re all in.

Another tradition in my husband’s family is the annual Pig Roast down at his nephew’s place. His nephew has a 100-acre farm located on a hill, overlooking picturesque hilly farmland near Bath, New York. My husband’s contribution to the Pig Roast has always been to take and set up a 20′ x 40′ party tent as well as tables and chairs from our church. He also takes the gear and ingredients necessary to make many, many pounds of salt potatoes.

(I have to say, my husband makes perfectly scrumptious salt potatoes. I never knew they existed until last year at the church’s annual chicken barbeque. He makes the salt potatoes for that event as well. Very excellent.)

Queen Annes LaceWe take a camping tent and stay overnight, as do other people. Last year we stayed over two nights, but this year we opted to make it a one-nighter because I need to get in as much oil painting time in preparation for impending art show.

The weather was beautiful; though warm, there was a cool breeze blowing from morning until night so it was easy to stand under the shade of any one of many wonderful trees to cool off instantly. Although there was plenty of work to be done from morning until night in order to set up for and feed some eighty people or so, there was also plenty of time to rest and relax between chores. Music played all afternoon and evening … and much of the night when we early-to-bed people were “sleeping”. In the weest hours of the morning a few of the latest party animals went over to the neighbor’s garage and had an impromptu jam session with electric guitar, drums, and keyboard which was actually quite good and pleasant to listen to as I drifted in and out of sleep.

We have a wonderful tent we bought last year at WalMart for about $50. When we bought it, the attraction was simply this: a tent for $50. The price was what sold us on it.

But, the first time we used it — which was last year’s Pig Roast — we could not get over the wonderful design of the thing. It is spacious at 11′ x 17′, with plenty of floor room to set up a queen size air mattress. It has hanging mesh pockets inside for snacks, water, or what-have-you as well as mesh cup holders. There is a mesh attachment that goes up in the “ceiling” where you can hang damp things to dry. The entire top is mesh, then you have a nylon “fly” cover so there is plenty of air circulation as well as privacy. It also sports two large “boot” pockets on either side of the front “porch”. The boot pockets zip from either the inside or the outside so that you don’t track wet mud or loose grass, etc. into the tent. There is a little zippered slot for running an electric extension cord in if you so desire. Then there are two large zippered windows on either end, and the front “door” has two layers, one is mesh so you can have a view outside if you like, the other is nylon when privacy is needed.

We have plenty of room inside for the mattress, our suitcase (okay, doesn’t sound much like roughing it, I know), a chair, and whatever other belongings we might have brought along. And even with all of that, there is plenty of room to get around.

I love that tent!

And I love it more because it cost so little.

I have no idea what this is but it is prettyThe Pig Roast was a very nice, quick little get-away that gave us a great reason to spend time with family being active and productive while also having a good, relaxing and refreshing bit of time away from home and normal work.

Sunday morning we got up and enjoyed a lazy morning of conversation, coffee, and bagels before tearing everything down, packing up, and making the pretty drive back home.

The summer food — watermelon, baked beans, cucumber (from their garden) salad, grilled squashes (from their garden) , my husband’s salt potatoes splashed with a bit of melted butter, coleslaw, and soft chewy cookies and brownies, was perfect in its simplicity.

I never did look at the pig though, I don’t like that part.

I’m a vegetarian, you see.

Hope you are having an enjoyable summer wherever you are … with or without meat.



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  1. I like the sound of your tent, even if I have done all the sleeping under canvas I ever want to do. Please tell us what you mean by ‘salt potatoes’.
    Good luck with the art show.

  2. I almost didn’t want to look at this entry at first, because I am also a vegetarian. Then, after a moment’s thought, I decided to peek… and after reading your first sentence, I figured I was safe.

    I know the feeling about have no interest in looking at the roast itself. Several years ago, I was at a luau with my family. I was fortunate enough to have my back to the cooking pit, so I never saw the pig. The look on my youngest sister’s face as it was taken out of the pit, however, was amusing, to say the least…

    Good luck with the upcoming art show!

  3. Sounds like you had a great trip and pig roast.
    Those pictures are great too. When I was growing up in North Carolina we had an outdoor Chicken Stew with dumplings and lots of gravy in the stew.
    We also had Wiener Roasts with all the fixings.

    Thanks for the posting!



  5. Happy Birthday! As a fellow veggie…I know where you’re coming from ;o) Glad you’re having a grand time–without the meat!

  6. Happy birthday, and good luck with the art show

  7. Hello firefly!
    If you were doing ad copy for a company such as WalMart, whatever you would write about would have zooming sales statisitcs! Your description of your tent created in me a desire to run out and buy one… and I don’t even go camping anymore. I might even get one just to put up in our back yard!

    Your pictures are really beautiful. I always enjoy them! Thanks for your postings. They are something easily greeted with eagerness to find out what firefly will be charming us with today!

  8. Happy Birthday, dear Firefly!!!

  9. Hi, I love your photography! Do you mind sharing the location / details of your art show? I too, live in Western New York in Holley, which is between Rochester and Buffalo. I would love to pop by if it’s not too far away.

  10. Happy Birthday!

    Sounds like a wonderful time and your tent sounds fantastic.

    Do tell, what are salt potatoes?

  11. A Big Happy Birthday to you firefly!!



  12. You’re making me want to go camping… And salt potatoes are a new thing for me…. I’ve never heard of them…. Happy Birthday!

  13. I hope you had a wonderful birthday! ๐Ÿ™‚ The Pig Roast (despite the actual roasting of the pig) sounds like a wonderful way to reconnect with family. I love that everyone just camps out. Oh yes, and much luck with the upcoming art show!

  14. Happy Birthday, what a great way to spend your birthday except for the pig part. Good luck on your art show, I am sure you will do well.

  15. Happy Belated Birthday; sounds like you celebrated in proper style.
    Salt potatoes are new to me, also- I’ll have to give them a trial run ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Happy happy birthday… our family is also vegetarian. Sometimes, I too wonder if I’m providing enough protein subs for my kids… nice family together… it’s always priceless to spend time with loved ones… enjoy your show…. thanks for your blog!

  17. I don’t eat red meat either and haven’t for a very long time. I work in surgery and I guess that turned me off! LOL I do eat turkey and chicken, tho, so I guess I’m not a real vegetarian. I was wondering how you eat the soy…cook it and what-not…I’m interested in different sources of protein and like you, I get tired of salads all the time. Thanks! deb

  18. Sounds like an incredibly good time! You describe everything so well that I thought I was there for a few minutes…beautiful!
    Happy Birthday!

  19. Let me add my wishes for many happy and healthy years to come. Birthdays really should remind you how wonderful it is to have lived this long not that you are getting older.

  20. I didn’t know it was your birthday! Hope you had a very Happy Birthday and I wish you many many more!

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