Dirt, grass and gravel paths spider-web across the 350-acres of the Blisswood Ranch. They are a visitors only access to view the open ranges of Blisswood, which are roams by beasts, both exotic and ordinary.
But despite the beauty of a rich landscape dotted with bison, it was what was missing at the Texas Hill country ranch which caught my attention.
The missing sounds of man!
Allowing the hooves of the horses, to serenade us with their cowboy’s beat.
Like many of you, my “fiancéeic” Gaetana and I love to make food a central tenet of our vacation plans. A effort which takes on new meaning when you travel to Texas’ remote vacation outposts.
Unless you’re happy taking your thrice-daily feedings at the one restaurant in Cat Spring, THE Cat Spring Country Club.
“Table for two please, by the unleaded if you have?”
Thankfully, the ranch house we rented for our four-day Texas adventure had a full kitchen. Before we arrived I had arranged with the owner to add a few items to the otherwise empty refrigerator. Notably, ribeyes! From cows born, raised and slaughtered within miles of our temporary Texas home.
Which I prepared in a skillet over the open flame of our fire pit. THE sizzle was orchestral.
Still though, it was what was missing which made the meal a standout!
In our kitchen back in Stamford, the meal would have been prepared with Guy’s famous (to her at-least) “23-ingredient” blend of herbs and spices.
But in our little house on the prairie, we came up 21-ingredients short! Thankfully, we at least we had salt and pepper!
The combination of the quality of the meat and the open flame flavors and experience assured even Guy that the steaks did not need any of the 21 missing ingredients.
As the sun rose on day-two at the ranch, Guy remained as in the dark about our plans as a cowgirl on a moonless night.
But the plans were not missing, just her knowledge of them.
Archery, followed by knife and hatchet throwing allowed Guy to take out the frustrations which a life with me clearly bring on. While the targets rarely felt her wrath, Guy took out her frustration on the various items in proximity to the targets.