Re: Pork pies, cumberland sausage, cornish pasties...

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Posted by LukeDolman on October 22, 2008 at 12:49:40 user LukeDolman.

In Reply to: Pork pies, cumberland sausage, cornish pasties... posted by Jock on October 21, 2008 at 19:26:20:

Hi Jock - I'm rather touched that anyone should wish to highlight this. And thanks Ian for the Hairy Bakers pasty recipe - wonderful. That looks very similar to the one that we concocted but the pastry looks rather more sophisticated, which could mean it doesn't disintegrate quite as readily as our previous efforts. I was all set to throw in the towel and use puff pastry but perhaps we'll try this instead next time.

By far the most fun we've had though is in making sausages. I'm particularly fond of South African Boerwors but, to keep this relatively on topic the kids favourite by far is Cumberland sausage. I don't think we can claim to have reached Bar-Woodall-Waberthwaite standard yet but we're not too far off. And we've found they grill stunningly well over a campfire. Making sausage is surprisingly easy if you have a stuffer and kids get particularly enthusiastic about it. And the really nice thing is that you actually know what's in them...

On topic but taking a little bit of a culinary tangent, I spent a couple of years here herding small scouts around and (as scouts are always hungry) learning a fair bit about campfire/outdoor cookery. Susan would certainly approve of the sorts of three-legged cast iron pots and humongous cast iron frying pans you can buy in every Walmart and I'm sure she wouldn't sniff too much at recent innovations such as cooking up scrambled eggs and bacon in a zip lock bag in boiling water, and creating entire meals in foil pouches. The big cast iron pots - Dutch ovens - are particularly adaptable, our most surprising success to date has been cooking chocolate brownies on a campfire. What would Roger have thought???

The cast iron stuff doesn't work quite so well with a Mirror dinghy though so I've built some Pepsi can alcohol stoves and we generally use these for boiling up tea and soup for water borne expeditions. If anyone is into hiking or lightweight camping they've probably heard of these before but, if not, there's a pic in the link. Well worth spending a couple of hours making one of these. I've found it to be as effective as a good gaz stove and it weighs almost nothing.

Pepsi Can Stove...
Boiling up...
Seals Drinking tea.

Anyone got any good outdoor cooking tips and recipes??


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