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How To Make Cheese and Onion Potjie Pot Bread

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012
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When you’re out camping, there is simply nothing more delicious than freshly baked cheese and onion potjie pot bread off the fire. So when it’s your turn to make a campfire meal, whip out that flat potjie pot, give yourself 1 hour and 30 minutes before the herd has to be fed and rustle up this scrumptious cheese and onion potjie bread. This recipes serves 8 hungry bellies, so if you’re making for 16, simply double up your quantity of ingredients, halve the dough when its ready and pop it into two separate potjie pots on the fire.



What you’ll need: 500 g white bread flour 500 g wholewheat flour 25 ml white sugar 12 ml salt 10 g instant yeast 1 cup grated cheese 1/2 large onion 500 ml water 500 ml milk 40 ml butter or margarine Cooking instructions for cheese and onion potjie pot bread: Start making a fire a bit bigger than the circumference of the potjie pot. This will allow the pot to comfortably fit on top of the coals so that it gets even heat distribution. Also, you will need to take coals from the fire and place it on the lid of the pot.

Take all the dry ingredients, yeast, cheese and onion, and mix it all together in a large mixing bowl. In a separate pot, take the milk, water and butter, and heat until lukewarm. Slowly add the lukewarm mixture to the dry ingredients to form a soft dough. Knead the mixture until it takes on an elastic stretch. Place the dough in a bowl, cover it with plastic and leave it in a warm place for 15 minutes to rise. After dough has risen, knead lightly and shape into a ball. Grease your medium-sized, flat-bottomed potjie pot* with butter or margarine and place the dough inside. Also grease the top of the dough and the inside of the lid with butter. Place the lid on and leave it in a warm place for about 30 minutes until the dough has doubled in size. When camping, a warm vehicle is a great place for this exercise.

After the dough has risen, place the closed pot on the medium heat campfire coals. Place approximately 7 hot coals on the lid of the potjie pot. Bake for 45 minutes or until cooked and the bread sounds hollow when you tap it. Remove the pot from the fire and leave it to cool slightly, then remove the bread from the pot. Voila! So the next time that carbohydrate craving kicks in and you’re landscapes away from a bakery, you know how to make a simply delicious pot bread on the campfire.

*A flat potjie pot is a black, heavy, cast-iron casserole pot with a lid, called a ‘dutch oven’. This pot is perfect for preparing food on safaris.

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Tags: food, potjie, recipes

Meals on an Overland Trip: Good Camping Food!

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011
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You’ve booked your place on the overland truck and received your itinerary. Now what’s on the menu for the camping trip? How about you tell us! Not only is an overland trip about lugging your backpack and body weight across Africa, but it’s also about learning to cook for a truck full of fellow hungry explorers. That’s right, you and your fellow overland truck passengers will be each other’s Gordon Ramsey’s, Nigella’s and Dr Seuss’s for the duration of your overland trip. Some overland trips offer professional safari cooks who are hired to feed you, but where’s the fun in that?

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Cooking for the group is not some kind of military enforced rule to prepare average citizens for survival situations where rations are involved; it’s actually a lot of fun. Being in a cooking team of roughly two to three members, depending on the overall group size, everyone gets a chance to cook meals, wash up and do the grocery shopping. After you’re put into a cooking team, your team is given a shopping list, wad of money and a nudge in the right direction to the nearest store to go and buy supplies. If you’re worried about buying the wrong quantity of food, or need someone to restrain you from running off and buying a Ferrari, disco ball and other useless items you won’t need on an overland trip, the guides are always more than happy to accompany you and lend their expertise.

When you arrive at the overnight camping spot, there will be a designated area for making a campfire. It’s not a very good idea to mission off on your own and find a pile of dry wood in the middle of the grass to start your cooking fire on. Chances are that in less than 24 hours you would have successfully burnt your meal of bakes beans and toast… as well as flash braai’d the surrounding big five that were innocently meandering their stretch of homeland. Not cool. If you’re worried about your Master Chef abilities, ask your guide for easy camping recipes and tips. We wouldn’t want to have a repeat of the incident where an ‘innovative’ first-time overlander decided to boil vegetables... INSIDE the kettle. That incident reminds me of a similar event which involved a kettle’s freshly boiled water being introduced to packet sauce… INSIDE the kettle.

If you think getting dog turd off a carpet is difficult, you don’t want to try get Knorr’s double thick cheese sauce out of the inner workings of a kettle. Three generous square meals are prepared every day, leaving you to waddle off once you’ve cleared your plate. There is more than enough food to keep you satisfied. Just because you’re missioning through Africa doesn’t mean you have to be fed like you’re a contestant on Survivor. In fact, 9 times out of 10 you put on weight while on an overland trip. There. Is. Enough. Food.

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Three meals a day of good camping food include: Camping Breakfasts Toast, spreads, yoghurt, cereals and fruit for on-the-move mornings and not-on-the-move mornings it could be time for a good fry-up. Camping Lunch Cold meats, salads and sandwiches make for easy meals for camping. Camping Dinner A selection of casseroles, lasagnas, stews, roasts and grills with a compliment of salads and vegetables. So don’t worry, on an overland trip, we won’t let you go hungry, and most of the time, the food is delicious. On the bright side, whatever doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger!

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Tags: camping, food

Play with your food: Awesome food art

Thursday, July 14th, 2011
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Everyone has a talent. Some can sing like Adele, dance like Michael or twist a cherry stalk into a knot with their tongue like my friend Tiffany. But how many people can say that they have the ability to whittle a sculpture out of food? **queue sound of crickets chirping** … I thought so.

When it comes to food, 90% of us foster an imaginative streak that never stretched further than making a dam out of our mashed potatoes and filling it with gravy. Fun. The remaining 10% put us to shame with using their amazing talent to do stuff like this to food:

Apple Biting Finger

Bread Art

Bread Hand

Cabbage Face

Different Fruit Pear

Nintendo Lunch

Orange Peel Woman

Pasta Face

Sexy Sardine Legs

Sydney Opera House Watermelon

Vegetable Bicycle

Walle Food

Watermelon swimmer

World Apple

Pretty dang cool.

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Tags: art, food, fun