Because fishing was the main order of business on this trip, the custom was to rise at about 6:30 AM and immediately head out onto the lake for some early-morning fishing. We took a few snacks along to ward off the hunger pains until returning to the camp by about 10 AM. It was then that whoever was on-hand began the serious breakfast preparations, usually inside the large main cottage.
Those who did not do the cooking did the washing up afterward by boiling kettles of water on the gas stove and making use of the adjoining sink.
Favorite Dish: Bacon and sausages were the staple, along with hash-brown potatoes fried with onions to go with toast, coffee and juice. We also sampled fried beans & onions as well as some great pancakes with syrup and butter (along with the other odds and ends) on other mornings before heading out in the early afternoon for another round of fishing that lasted until it was time to come back for the early evening meal.
Grey Owl Camp was well out-fitted for cooking - having two BBQs on the deck of the main camp as well as a gas stove inside (along with another one in the smaller second cottage). We had also brought along a deep-fryer to cook our various fish catches in oil. Usually it was the same bunch of guys who did the cooking and they did a great job preparing the 'bulk' meals required to keep thirteen guys happy. Luckily, the evening meal was the only major cook-up per day.
Favorite Dish: Although most of the fish we caught were quickly released after a photo or two, we did save enough each day to allow us to 'live off the land' so to speak. A handy filleting table beside the second cottage allowed us to prepare the fish as soon as we returned from a trip and the sea gulls seemed to love our leftover scraps. One evening we had delicious fish pan-fried in garlic while another meal that stands out was the fresh Lake Trout perfectly deep-fried in a flavourful batter. Onions and mushrooms and a variety of other options rounded out the menu. To break up the pattern of fish we also BBQed steaks and hot dogs one evening. Food on this trip was not an issue!
Thompson's Camps, the outfit that provided our overnight accommodations, also had a large restaurant building a short way down one of Missinipi's gravel streets. We had a planned early fly-out to our fishing camp that first morning of our trip north so the bedraggled crew was up by about 6:30 AM after our late-night carousing to see what was on for breakfast.
The restaurant turned out to be a very nice modern building with lots of seating and large windows overlooking the wilderness surrounding the hamlet. They were serving a buffet breakfast for C$13 per person so that was our simple and fast choice.
Favorite Dish: For options, it had the usual scrambled eggs, bacon, sausages, hash brown potatoes, waffles, toast, orange juice and coffee along with condiments such as mustard, tomatoe sauce and hot sauce. It was quite a good meal and being a buffet, the guys could fill up as many times as they wished. We were quite satisfied by the time we finished and headed for the floatplane dock to stack of large load of freight on the dock for loading into our planes.