TEA to go with the Bannock

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TEA to go with the Bannock



Tea goes with bannock. So here's how to make tea in the bush to go with your bannock.

First, there should be a lots of dried twigs or leaves collected for kindling, piled evenly on the bare patch of ground. Make sure you have bigger pieces of dry wood close by too.

The next stage is to lay some small, dry twigs and above them a similar layer of medium thick short pieces of dried wood.

Try to use only one match to light the fire

Let the twigs burn and add the bigger pieces of wood slowly building up the fire.

Boiling Up

Fill the your kettle to about two-thirds full, add a couple of teabags.

Using a big piece of piece of green wood, set the kettle on the fire firmly. The water should not take too long to boil, especially if a you add a few more twigs around it.

Serving the tea

Make sure you have a can of Carnation milk and sugar for the wee ones but for the adults the best way to drink tea is black.

Have some bannock and jam ready or some dry meat or smoked dried whitefish and you have the makings of an excellent bush meal that is hard to beat in taste.


This is the most politically incorrect thing ever...In Inuvik,in late March, is the Muskrat Jamboree, and part of this is something called "the good woman" contest. FN idiom is nothing if not succinct and to the point. Anyway, it mostly takes place on the MacKenzie river. Yes, on it. It's still colder that Harper's heart and the ice roads are still open in March.

Anyway, the contest has three parts. One of them is making tea just as you describe, out on the ice, and the first woman to get a "mug up" ready wins that part. Another part is the muskrat skinning contest which is just how fast you can skin one without ruining it's commercial value. I forget the third event.

Other things are bike races on the ice for kids, skidoo races, craft displays and stuff.

I spent much of the summer of '87 in a bush camp, and we had gill nets running in the river, so we made a lot of smoked whitefish. Wasn't really that great. Then I visited an older couple who had a bush camp down river, which they had had for generations, and tried their smoked whitefish. It was melt in your mouth delicious.


Sounds really nice, 1-7. What kind of tea do you use?

For any other ignorant folks out there besides me who didn't know what bannock was, [url=http://www.twobay.com/bannock.htm]here's a recipe[/url]. Looks good!

[url=http://www.for.gov.bc.ca/rsi/fnb/FNB.htm#shuswap]A whole bunch more bannock recipes![/url]

[ 11 February 2008: Message edited by: Michelle ]

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Originally posted by 1234567:
[b]Try to use only one match to light the fire


Well that let's me out. Takes me two matches to light the firestarter brick in my woodstove.



it's the good woman contest:

On the mark, they run and grab wood to make a fire, make tea, make bannock. Whoever finishes first and has the best tasting tea and bannock wins.

The good man contest.

He has to run and grab a seal, skin it, cut it up, I don't remember if he has to make tea, but I doubt it because his job is pretty tough, anyway, who ever finishes up first and with the best cut seal wins.

Egalitarian society. We work together.



Sounds really nice, 1-7. What kind of tea do you use?

We just use regular tea like Salada or Tetly. No fancy stuff.