Beef and Beans: A Photo Essay

“Beef and Beans” on the Lost Coast happens twice in the course of summer: once around the 4th of July, and again during Labor Day weekend. It’s held at the Grange, since it’ the two tiny communities of Honeydew and Petrolia coming together; the Grange is smack-dab in the center.

Micah’s classmate’s grandma (who has lived here for a very, very long time) said it was wonderful so I knew I wanted to go. Besides, we were committed by virtue of the fact that there was going to be a school bake sale. My mother in law, having recently arrived from France/Vietnam, generously made a HUGE PIE for it.

So we were in.

The beef part of the “beef and beans” are massive amounts of  beef that are slow cooked and are seriously bites of beefly delight. The beans part of it are real, honest-to-God baked beans – they have a hole in the grown with the biggest pot I’ve ever seen. They leave it there overnight, cooking. The lifting and opening of the pot is something of a ceremony.

This is one of those events that has been going on for so long that apparently needs no details anymore – like, we didn’t know what time it started! We made a guess at noon, so that was lucky. But we had no clue that

YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO BRING YOUR OWN POT!!!

total facepalm here.  throw in a head to desk for good measure *head to desk*

WE HAD NO POT!!

So there we were, looking at that loooonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnng line and everyone was carrying a pot and we were like, ‘huh. guess we were supposed to bring a pot?!!!‘ and thinking of our yurt being a good half hour drive away from the Grange, felt the hearts sink all the way down to the feet. Boom, bam, there our hearts were, down there…. 🙁

But Moxie’s special education teacher saved the day by finding the Grange Master and he sold us some paper plates.

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Next year we were joking that we’ll bring our enormous wok and make up for paper plates this year. We’ll also have fun with the fixin’s – everyone brought their own – cold drinks, pickles, all that good stuff. I’ll be one of those people who will have the bottomless hamper – lay down the red check spread and then dish after dish after dish after drink after dish after drink. With a vase and flowers to boot

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But we still had a really great time AND! I won a sheepskin in the raffle!!

Meriah

is a deaf blogger, global nomad, tech-junkie, cat-lover, Trekkie, Celto-Teutonic-peasant-handed mom of 3 (one with Down syndrome and one gifted 2E).

She likes her coffee black and hot.


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6 Comments

  • So on top of the beans was a fire? So it is like a hungi in New Zealand? Those things are awesome. And this festival looks amazing. I can’t wait to see your pictures from next year, where you will be like one of those polo mothers with the amazing spread.

    Also – how utterly adorable do your kids look in their… it’s not a kimono, but I don’t know what the vietnamese name for their tops is. But soooo cute.

    • I’m not sure what a hungi in NZ is? But it’s like a Pacific Island lovo – the earth oven. SO COOL!!! I just couldn’t get over seeing something so island-like right here!!

      And thanks about the clothes. Not sure what they are called either 🙂

      • yep it is the same kind of thing. I love those – it is the best way to cook food. Or possibly I only get to eat stuff cooked in an earth oven every couple of years so I think it is wonderful. How marvelous that you will get to go to that festival every year!

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