It seems a universal truth that food is a big part of traveling, and that definitely applies when you stay in a cabin.
No matter how striking the scenery, how peaceful the location,or how great the fishing, sooner or later a body needs to eat.
The relationship between Food and Hay Lake Lodge & Cottages has gone through many permutations.
When we came to Hay Lake in 1982 (!) the Lodge was a traditional American Plan Lodge. We served 3 meals a day in the Dining Room. Wednesday was Turkey. Sunday was Roast Beef Dinner. Breakfast started with a hot cereal and juice, eggs/pancakes/or french toast, sausage/ham/or bacon, depending on the day. I can remember being thrown for a loop when a guest wanted eggs instead of pancakes...
Now remember, when Phil and I bought the Lodge, my final words were "I'm not cooking. I can't cook." But when your business has been closed for nearly 2 years and you have no guests, you don't hire a full time cook.
Thank heavens for Clover, who with Gordon had built the lodge and ran the kitchen for 21 years. I still have the menus she helped me plan, with a glass of tomato juice, pickles on the table, buns and butter with the potatoes. For the first two years, any dinner involving gravy was on a night I had a cook to help, because I didn't know how!
Over the years, meals evolved. Plans changed as guests' tastes and preferences changed. Lunch became a packed lunch, then got dropped as people found the set meal times too confining. Lodge dinners became a menu of choices ranging from cajun steak to pickerel with fresh peach salsa to bison.
When we started adding kitchens to the cabins, people could choose between a meal plan and self-catering. In 2005 we finally closed the dining room, bringing a 50 year tradition to a close.
But that doesn't mean we closed the kitchen!
Every morning we bake our own muffins from scratch, and deliver breakfast trays to each cabin at a time of their choosing, loaded with juice, fruit, yogurt, coffee, muffins and croissants straight from the oven.
And even at a housekeeping resort like ours, sometimes our guests want a break from cooking. It is a holiday, after all. These days we offer a select Room Service Menu for Dinner with meals such as Roast Chicken, Salmon or Braised Short Ribs. So here I am, still in the kitchen. Funnily enough, I like it :).