I often make myself an omelette for lunch. Sometimes I fill it with ham, mushroom and tomato. At other times I treat myself to an omelette with smoked salmon. I love the flavour of smoked salmon with capers, so I throw a few on top for flavour.
I used chopped chives with this omelette, but it would be super delicious with fresh dill also. That is the best thing about omelettes – just add your favourite flavours! The following is a recipe for one omelette – it’s easy to double, triple, or quadruple the ingredients to make two, three, or four omelettes.
For one omelette you will need –
2 large eggs 2 teaspoons sour cream 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper 1 tablespoon of fresh chives A small dob of butter 15g of smoked salmon, chopped 1 1/2 tablespoons of grated cheese
To top the omelette 40g smoked salmon 1/2 tsp of chopped capers Sour cream and chives to garnish
Beat the eggs, sour cream, pepper and chives until just mixed.
Melt the butter in a small nonstick pan. Add the egg mixture and cook for one minute. Then sprinkle one half of the omelette with the chopped salmon and the grated cheese. Cook gently until almost cooked through, about two minutes.
Using a flexible spatula (or two), flip the bare omelette side over the side that has the salmon and cheese. Cook omelette for another minute or two, until cooked to your liking.
Arrange omelette on a plate, top with smoked salmon, a dollop of sour cream, capers and chopped chives.
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I have a simple scone recipe I use when camping. None of the ingredients needs to be refrigerated. I use self-raising flour, long-life cream and long-life milk, which is super handy if you have limited fridge/esky space.
Near the end of our last camping trip, I noticed I had ham, cheese and some herbs that I needed to use up, so I decided to make ham and cheese scones. I had never cooked them in the camp oven before and was super pleased they turned out as delicious as they did.
As always, Dwayne was in charge of cooking the scones over the fire. I simply told him I would usually cook them at 200C for about 30 minutes and let him work on getting the right temperature over the fire.
Further on, you will find some instructions about cooking scones in a camp oven and some tips on what you need to consider when producing the cooking heat. I hope you enjoy this recipe and be sure to let me know how they turn out.
Our camp kitchen
We cooked these yummy scones on a recent camping trip on Kangaroo Island. We were camped at American River.
3 cups self-raising flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 2 tablespoons finely chopped chives 1 teaspoon finely chopped rosemary 1/2 cup chopped ham 1 cup coarsely grated cheese A pinch of salt 300ml cream About 75 ml milk
Sift flour and baking powder into a bowl, add the chives, rosemary, ham, cheese and a pinch of salt, then mix well.
Make a well in the middle of the bowl and add the cream and most of the milk. Mix well add more milk if necessary. The dough should not be too wet and sticky. Do not over mix the dough.
Turn dough out onto a floured board and knead a little (do not over-knead). Shape the dough into a ball and then flatten to the shape of your camp oven. Place on a greased piece of baking paper and cut into wedges (you do not need to cut all the way through.
Heat your camp oven over the coals. Carefully lift the dough/scones by the baking paper and place them into the camp oven.
Cook the scones with a little heat under the camp oven and coals on top. Our theory is to cook it from both top and bottom with more heat on top. We hung our camp oven over a small fire. Using a star-drop (as a makeshift tripod), Dwayne was able to lift the camp oven higher to reduce the heat or lower it to increase the heat. We used heat beads on the top of the camp oven because we hadn’t had time to develop many coals and the heat beads hold their heat better, making this ‘brunch’ reasonably quick to make. We checked every 10 minutes until the scones were ready. Again, we adjusted the heat, if needed, when we checked it.
Use a knife to see if the scones are ready. Dig in deep with the tip of a knife; if the knife comes out clean, scones should be ready.
To cook in your home oven.
Place the scones on a greased oven tray and bake at 200C in a preheated oven for about 30 minutes.
For more instruction on cooking with hot coals.
If you want to cook on coals from a campfire, you need to burn a good amount of wood to create hot coals. It can take an hour or so for your campfire to make enough coals to cook on. Be sure to factor the process of producing the embers into your prep and cooking time. Alternatively, if time or good wood is in short supply, use heat-beads as they heat up quickly and hold their heat well.
The easiest way to cook in a camp oven over hot coals is to lift the coals out of the fire with a long-handled shovel. Select a safe place next to the fire and put a small amount of *coals on the ground. Place the camp oven onto the coals. Get some more coals from the fire to place on top of the oven. Getting the right amount of coals is not always easy. Be aware of cooking the scones too hot and burning them. It will take some experimentation to get the temperature right. Therefore, check the scones after 10 minutes to make sure you are not cooking them too hot or not hot enough.
*you only need a small number of coals under the camp oven or none at all. Too many, and you will burn the bottom of the scones.
Many factors determine the heat of the coals, such as ambient temperature and wind. If it is windy, the coals will cook hotter. Make allowances for wind by reducing the number of coals used.
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Breakfast in New Zealand, the land of my birth, is as varied as the eclectic variety of people representing ‘Kiwis’. Porridge, fruits and yoghurts are popular, as are eggs Benedict and French toast. However, it’s the addition of lambs fry and bacon, savoury mince, and corn fritters on the menu, that indeed reveals you are dining in a New Zealand cafe.
The last time I was in New Zealand, my dad and I breakfasted in Ahuriri, Napier. Dad ordered the corn fritters, served with bacon, avocado and sour cream, and seeing that he enjoyed it so much, I remarked that I could teach him how to make them at home. Therefore this recipe is dedicated to my dad…. time to cook breakfast old boy.
I decided upon serving my corn fritters with avocado, bacon, an egg for additional protein, and warm tomato relish. Make the relish first and have it slowly simmering on the stovetop while you make the fritters. Once cooked (keep fritters warm in the oven), but before you cook the eggs, take the tomato relish from the heat and allow to cool slightly, while you fry or poach your eggs. The following recipe will feed four people.
For the warm tomato relish
1 tablespoon olive oil 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 1/2 a small onion, finely chopped (approximately 3 tablespoons) 2 large tomatoes, roughly chopped 1/2 teaspoon white pepper 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar 2 teaspoons brown sugar (loosely packed) 1 teaspoon dijon mustard Salt to taste
Heat oil in a small saucepan and lightly sauté the garlic and onion for a minute or two, do not brown.
Add the tomatoes, pepper, vinegar, sugar and mustard, and simmer gently, occasionally stirring, while you make the fritters. Add water as necessary.
Remove from heat for a few minutes before serving.
For the corn fritters
¾ cup plain flour 1 teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper 1 egg, beaten 440g can cream-style corn 440g corn kernels 3 spring onions, finely sliced
Sift the flour, baking powder, salt and pepper into a bowl.
Add the egg, mixing well to combine. Stir in the creamed corn, corn kernels and the spring onion.
Spray a large fry pan with oil spray and heat. Carefully spoon fritter mixture into the pan, creating two or three fritters about eight centimetres in diameter. Cook until golden brown, flip and cook the other side.
Remove from the pan, place on a plate with absorbent paper, put it into the oven, set on low, and keep warm. Repeat until you have eight fritters.
8 rashers of bacon, cooked to your liking 4 eggs, cooked to your liking 1 avocado, peeled and sliced
Place two corn fritters in the middle of each plate, top with sliced avocado, bacon and an egg. Finish with a couple of spoonfuls of tomato relish.
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I’m not sure where the term ‘Eggs in Purgatory’ originated. Does it refer to the bubbling red tomato sauce? I’m not sure. However, this recipe is perfect for cooking in the camp oven over a campfire. Perfect for an Aussie bush brunch, this dish is high in protein and super tasty.
1 Tablespoon oil
1 Red onion, finely chopped
3 Cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 Can of tomatoes, chopped
1 teaspoon of dried Italian herbs
1/2 – 1 Teaspoon dried, crushed chilli
1/2 Teaspoon beef/veg stock powder
1 Can of mixed beans
Cracked black pepper
Heat the camp oven in the campfire* and heat oil. Add onion and garlic, and sauté until onion is translucent.
Add the tomatoes, herbs, chilli and stock powder, and cook for a few minutes until tomatoes start to thicken.
Add the beans and cook for a few more minutes.
Crack eggs into the tomato bean mix, and sprinkle with grated cheese and black pepper.
Put the lid on the camp oven. Top the camp oven with hot coals and cook at moderate temperature until eggs are cooked to your liking.
*Sautéing over the fire in a camp oven can be uncomfortably hot. There are several ways I cook with an open pot, depending on what sort of fireplace we have (e.g. iron fire pit or open fire). One way is to hang your camp oven over the fire with a tripod or, in our case, a star-dropper. Another way is to take a shovel load of coals from the firepit and, in a safe place near the fire, place them on the ground, put your camp oven on top and cook over the coals.
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What are pikelets? Pikelets are essentially mini pancakes made with flour, egg, milk and sugar. They are popular in the country I was born – New Zealand. I was recently in a position where I wanted to make pikelets but didn’t have eggs. We were sailing through Indonesia a few weeks ago, trying to get to Australia during this Coronavirus pandemic. As the fear of the virus spread through Indonesia, we found we were unable to go ashore to get groceries. In fact, in the end, we were unable to anchor anywhere, and things got a little scary. Read about our sailing nightmare here.
As our food supplies began to run low, we had to make do with what we had on board. Making pikelets as a filling treat for breakfast or lunch became a regular staple. Then came the day I had no eggs! The following recipe is what I came up with to overcome that particular obstacle. Seriously, I did not expect these pikelets to be all that nice and was pleasantly surprised. Dwayne loves them and says they are as good as the pikelets made with eggs. We definitely will continue to make these!
1 cup flour 1 tablespoon sugar 2 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon baking soda Pinch of salt 1 tablespoon of cold-pressed coconut oil Approximately 330ml milk
Mix dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Add the oil and the milk and whisk well.
Pour the pikelet mix into pouring jug for ease (or use a large spoon to pour batter into the pan).
Heat a large pan to medium-high. When the pan is hot enough, spray with cooking oil spray and slowly pour a small amount of batter on the pan to form round pikelets (about 2.5 inches across). Repeat adding pikelet batter to the pan. Don’t let the pikelets touch each other.
Cook until the little bubbles on top of the pikelets start to pop.
Carefully flip the pikelets and cook for another minute. Remove the pikelets and then repeat until you have used all the batter.
Serve with jam and cream, honey, or sugar and lemon. For a savoury treat serve the pikelets with sour cream, smoked salmon and dill.
Also, use this mix –
* to make Blini (used for appetisers) make the pikelet rounds with a 1-inch diameter and top with sour cream, smoked salmon, dill or caviar. * to make pancakes double the recipe and cook large pancakes.
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We love food, and we love to travel. Whenever we travel, we always explore the culture of a country through its food. What better way? It is perfect for us as we fill our belly with tasty ethnic treats.
I will often research and find out what the national dish of a country is or what are typical meals served and then try to eat those while in the country. I later try to replicate them at home. When I searched for ‘United Kingdom’s national dish’ it came back with chicken tikka masala. While in London we did eat Indian food and enjoyed it, however, I was looking for popular English dishes. So I searched for ‘what is the most popular food in the UK’. Topping the list was toad-in-the-hole.
Ok, I had made this before, and it had been a hit. We were not able to find it on the menu (we were only there for three days) but decided this dish was going to represent the United Kingdom as a country we had visited. When I made this the other day, Dwayne and I had it for dinner, and it is seriously moreish. A few years back, we had many people staying with us, and I made this as a breakfast dish. I was well-received; everyone loved it.
1-2 Tablespoons of olive oil
8 pork sausages
8 slices of bacon
2 cups plain flour
2 eggs lightly beaten
2 Tablespoons fresh rosemary, finely chopped
12-15 cherry tomatoes
*Caramelised onion jam to serve
Preheat the oven to 220c. Add oil to a baking dish and heat in the oven while you prepare the ingredients.
Wrap a slice of bacon around each sausage. Add sausages to a cold non-stick frypan and heat on med-high. Cook sausages for approximately 10 mins, turning until they are brown all over.
Sift the flour into a bowl and gradually whisk in the beaten eggs and the water. Add a couple of pinches of rosemary and whisk until smooth.
Arrange the sausages in the preheated baking dish and pour the batter around them. Scatter with the remaining rosemary and pop the tomatoes around the sausages.
Bake for 25 – 30mins until it has risen a little and browning.
Heat the onion jam and drizzle over the toad-in-the-hole or serve the marmalade as a side dish. It is the perfect compliment. Get my recipe for caramelised onion jam here.
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Pudding for breakfast? Yes, please! I love this delicious, super nutritious breakfast dish. What’s not to love? I love how easy it is to make; I love how tasty it is, and I love how simple it is to dress it up and add different flavours. I also love that this breakfast is packed full of superfood goodness. This is my simple recipe for Chia Seed Pudding and a few simple modifications to add variety as well as ideas to increase the fibre!
Before we look at the recipes, please note I have not added any sweetener. This is precisely how I like it. However, it is simple to make this ‘pudding’ sweeter. Experiment with adding honey, maple or sugar syrup.
Making it even easier! I don’t know about you, but I love things to be simple in the morning. I am a morning person, but I like to sit with the computer, write and drink tea. That is when my brain is at its best, and I get the most done. So having breakfast prepared and ready to eat is super handy. I also have a ready-mix of chopped nuts, seeds and coconut, which I keep in an airtight container. This makes topping my chia breakfast pudding quick and easy!
Basic Chia Pudding
1/4 cup Chia seeds
1 cup milk – almond milk, coconut milk or cows milk
Mix the chia seeds and milk well with a fork, breaking up any lumps, then leave to sit for 10 minutes. Mix again with the fork, cover and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
I refrigerate mine overnight. It will keep in the fridge for a few days. So I make several breakfast puddings at one time.
*Alternatively, you can mix as above and pour into individual serving dishes (after the second mix) before refrigerating.
Divide the chia seed pudding between two serving dishes and top with yoghurt, berries and nuts and seeds. Get creative!
Chia seed breakfast pudding set in individual bowls and topped with yoghurt, blueberries and a nut and seed mix
Some of our favourites!
1/4 cup Chia seeds
1 cup almond milk
2 Tablespoons of cocoa
Fresh or frozen berries
Mix all ingredients well with a fork, breaking up any lumps, then leave to sit for 10 minutes. Mix again with the fork, cover and refrigerate overnight. Serve topped with berries, nuts, seeds and desiccated coconut.
Choc berry chia pudding topped with coconut, nuts and seed… the seeds and nuts are full of goodness and help make this a filling breakfast
1/4 cup chia seeds
1 cup of almond milk
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 Tablespoon cocoa
1 Tablespoon coconut
Mix all ingredients well with a fork, breaking up any lumps, then leave to sit for 10 minutes. Mix again with a fork, cover and refrigerate overnight. Serve topped with coconut, and chopped nuts.
Tropical Fruit Salad
1/4 cup chia seeds
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 cup almond milk
Mix all ingredients well with a fork, breaking up any lumps, then leave to sit for 10 minutes. Mix again with a fork, cover and refrigerate overnight. In the morning I layer chia seed pudding and chopped tropical fruit (mango) in several layers. Top with tropical fruit such as mango, dragon fruit, passionfruit, pineapple and banana.
Chia seed pudding with tropical fruit
For a bigger fibre hit, I use Psyllium.
2 Tablespoon chia seeds
180ml almond milk
1/2 cup water
3/4 – 1 cup mashed ripe bananas
1 tablespoon desiccated coconut
2 tablespoons psyllium husk
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
Mix all ingredients well with a fork, breaking up any lumps, then leave to sit for 10 minutes. Mix well again with a fork, and pour into serving glasses. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Top with berries and yoghurt, a sprinkle of coconut and seeds.
Mix all ingredients well with a fork, breaking up any lumps, then leave to sit for 10 minutes. Mix again with the fork, cover and refrigerate for several hours or overnight. I then serve this in bowls topped with banana, coconut, seed and nut mix.
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