Monday, October 7, 2019

The Hawk's Nest -

Campfire Spam Hash

1 large onion, chopped
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 large potatoes, peeled and cubed (about 2 pounds)
1 spam cut into chunks
1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chiles
1 can (15-1/4 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained

In a large ovenproof skillet over medium heat, cook and stir onion in oil under tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add potatoes. Cook, uncovered, for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add spam cook and stir until meat and potatoes are tender and browned, 10-15 minutes. Stir in chiles and corn; heat through.

The Hawk's Nest - Review by Martha A. Cheves

The first thing you saw when you walked into the Hawk's Nest was our outdoor living room.  There was a table and a couch near the fire pit, and more chairs scattered for people to sit and visit.  Our tents were set up in a row on either side of our shared space.  The freeway above was our shelter from the weather.

When I started to write this review it came to me that I knew nothing, nor have bothered to learn anything about the homeless.  I see them on the streets asking for money, selling their bodies and now and then asking for food.  I've never bothered to even think about where they came from, who they are, what they may have done in another life, nor even why they are homeless.  I just saw them as people who lived on the streets.

After reading Hawk's Nest I stopped and realized these are 'real' people.  They have their hard times just like we do but in their case worse.  Yes, they may steal to stay alive and do drugs to forget.  But they are human and this book helped me realize that.  I'll admit that the language is rough but the story is even rougher and a true eye opener.  So my question is, could we put ourselves in their position and live their lives?  I hope I never have to find out.


  1. The Hawk’s Nest gives us family, a version of it. What the reader sees are people bound by as much trust and love as this world without a home allows. The author gives the reader a glimpse of the main character's soul as well as the soul of a homeless community. The main character in this story isn’t educated. She doesn’t see many opportunities down the road. But she doesn’t complain. After a tragic event changes the makeup of the Hawk’s Nest, she faces a choice. She’d like to be off the streets, sure. Who wouldn’t? But she needs her family more. It’s where she belongs. It’s where she feels at home.

  2. As for the Spam recipe, my wife visited SPAM headquarters and picked up a case of the stuff. Variations, such as: Bacon-Spam; Turkey-Spam; Chorizo-Spam; Teriyaki-Spam; etc.

  3. My neighbor and I both want to try the Campfire Spam Hash. Maybe we'll make it a neighborhood event. Thanks, Martha A. Cheves, for A Book and A Dish!

  4. My neighbor cooked the Campfire Spam Hash and had us over for dinner. It was so good and satisfying, I had three platefuls! Thanks again for the review and the recipe. Nothing better on a cold fall or winter night than Campfire Spam Hash!


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