• Hal Decker

Pass the marshmallows......







Cooking seems like such a simple art. It seems to me that if you cook, you must need fire. Fire was discovered probably millions of years ago by our archaeological ancestors. Of course, they did not cook with it, but probably worshipped it, felt it's warmth, it's pain, and gazed in wonder as it lit up the darkness of night. What an awesome discovery by the first man who probably saw a tree burning after a lightning strike. How brave he must have been to get closer and investigate this strange phenomenon. The Gods surely must have played a part in this power. Many years of respect passed for that fire. Then one chilly night, sitting around it for warmth from the winter cold, some clumsy cave man dropped his raw piece of meat into that fire. Before he could get it out of the fire and let it cool a bit to gnaw on again it was cooked. What did that taste like? Like most foods, it could have been better tasting after falling in the fire, or his palate found the taste repulsive after being used to the taste of raw meat. If he found the taste to his liking, he probably told his friends about it, and they tried it. Being hunters and gatherers in those days and not concerned with business as today, he did not secretly hide the fact that he had discovered cooking, and then open a business called "burnt_meat.com". Instead, he shared his discovery with others by paintings of his exploits on his living room wall. His attractors saw his paintings, and over eons of time, perfected his discovery. And look how far we have come. Pass the Marshmallows.