Explorin g the Mystery of Men & Fire this Father’s Day…
Maybe it’s because you end up smelling like smoke, black charcoal bits lodged under your fingernails,
and you’ve got access to all the best bits of the meat off before it hits the table, but there’s something that
draws a man to fire and food. My own father’s experience of cooking consisted of building a fire once a
year on July 16, his birthday. I can still picture him whittling perfect points on tender, green branches with
his ever present pocket knife, readying them to spear wieners and that wonder of 1960’s wonder – marshmallows for dessert! His birthday coincided with the our farm’s busiest week of the raspberry season,
and the excitement of charring our food over a fire was a welcome respite from all the work.
The cousins appeared, watermelon was cut, and icy cold soda pop flowed freely. Meanwhile, my mother
was kept busy swatting ecstatic barn flies away from her potato salad, all the while muttering
about having to drag all the paraphernalia outside.
The mystery of men and fire was brilliantly explained by the UK Telegraph,
“The barbecue is a superb example of justified idling. It involves lots of standing around
and adopting of earnest gazes – similar to the ones that look under car hoods- and allows a
male to appear busy while women/guests/kids run around making salads, laying tables,
cooling beers and generally doing everything. In Argentina, as the meat is served, there is an “aplauso para el asador” – yes, everyone claps. The man cooks once every three months and
when he does, everyone claps. It’s a stroke of chauvinistic genius.”
BBQ Pitmaster and cookbook author Brian Misko has recently passed the fire torch to his own daughter.”It was a proud dad moment when my daughter asked me if she could light the charcoal with the propane torch. The multiple times she had watched me do it seemed to have rubbed onto her… and she even made it into the cookbook doing exactly that – lighting charcoal. Maybe its fire, maybe it’s the smell of charcoal being lit, maybe it’s just a father passing on a skill… I’m not sure, but I like it!”
Why not gift your dad with the joy of experiencing fire and food and buy him a seat at Brian’s upcoming BBQ class. He’ll be thoroughly entertained, sample all the delicious food Brian cooks, and possibly even come home with a new skill he can show off to his family at the next backyard BBQ.
It’s a win-win for all parties!