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Newsletter #29  - July 26, 2002


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We went on our first hike in quite a while (take a look) and I thought I would find some outdoors/hiking recipes for this issue. The best part of a hike is at the end of the day when everyone is relaxing round the campfire enjoying a bbq or just chatting.. Keeping in mind that when hiking you build up quite an appetite but need to carry as little as possible, so you need to plan well. So scroll down for some for some ideas on what to prepare.

Would any hikers (or campers) like to share their own typically South African trail food recipes? Please email me and I will add them to my site.

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Ash Cake

250ml (1 cup) self raising flour
5ml (1 tsp) baking powder
5ml (1 tsp) salt
60-125ml (1/4 to 1/2 cup) water
15ml  (1tbsp) margarine

Mix the flour, baking powder and salt. Heat water and margarine separately and then gradually mix into the flour mixture to form a smooth, pliable dough. Shape the dough into a round, flat cake, cover it with coals from an open fire and bake for about 30 minutes or until thoroughly baked.
When done, dust off the excess ash and serve with jam, syrup, cheese or whatever you have available.

Stick Bread

500ml (2 cups) self raising flour
10ml (2 tsp) salt
100ml (1/3 cup) water

Mix the flour and salt and gradually add water until the dough is pliable, but not sticky. Roll the dough into a long 'snake' and twist around a debarked green stick. Hold over glowing embers until the dough is golden brown. A variation is to add ground peanuts, raisins or chopped dried apple into the dough. Then wrap aluminium foil round the dough before wrapping it round the stick and grill as before. Another variation is to flatten the 'snake', run peanut butter down its length, fold over and shape back into a snake with the peanut butter in the centre. Grill as before. 

Shaggy Dogs

1 large bar of plain chocolate
1 packet marshmallows
125ml (1 cup) coconut or
125 ml (1/2 cup) chopped nuts (or both)

Melt the chocolate in a tin mug (you are out hiking, remember?) Put coconut/nuts in a separate container. Place marshmallow on the end of a fork or a sharp debarked stick and dip first in chocolate, then in coconut and nuts. You could also roast the marshmallow over the fire first and then do your dipping.

Hiker's Potato

1 large potato
1-2 cheese triangles or cheese sliced into strips.
dab of butter or margarine

Wash potato thoroughly. Wrap in two to three layers of tin foil and bake in embers for 20 minutes. Unwrap the foil carefully, slice potato lengthways about two thirds through, insert slices of cheese and butter. Re-wrap and bake for another 15-20 minutes. 

Backpacker's Nutties

Can be made towards the end of the trail when you are bound to have leftover bread.

6 slices bread (preferably about 3 days old)
1 plateful sugar water
1 or 2 eggs
15ml (1 tbsp sugar)
7.5ml (1 1/2 tsp) cake flour
30ml (2 tbsp) finely chopped mixed nuts
cooking oil for shallow frying

Dip the slices of bread in the sugar water, but do not soak. Mix together the remaining ingredients, then spread the mixture over the slices of bread. Heat the oil and fry each slice for approximately four minutes, or until golden brown.  Cut into quarters and set aside to cool



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