Food! What do you eat?
This question is probably the one we hear the most, or how do you live without a fridge? We mostly eat staples like rice, pasta, beans, nuts, dried fruit and canned veg. On their own, quite boring. We have a well stocked spice bag so we can create flavoursome meals. We need to put thought into our meals and preparation based on what we have on us, how much water is requires to cook V's how much water we have and when water will next be available to us. How much fuel we need to cook said meal V's when we will be able to purchase more fuel. How hungry V's how tired we are. We share the cooking and are not afraid to try new things and ways of cooking. I have been quite surprised at the meals we have come up with and thank those that have inspired us along the way. These meals are basic and about using what you have, zero waste! No fridge required as we don't eat meat. We may get some cheese when in a town and a tub of butter will last packed in our food bag. This is generally eaten/cooked with ASAP. Also we make the most of being in a town and we purchase fresh fruit and veg then gratefully devour these meals. So here are just a few of the meals we have created and love. Don't limit yourself to thinking that these are just for camping, try them at home and let us know what you think.
This is inspired from our favourite Cafe in Cairns, Lafew Tea house and Kombucha Bar.
Ingredients, Remember to use what you have.
1 Papaya cut length ways in half
1 cup of muesli of your choice
1 cup of mixed fruit of your choice (above is 1 apple, 2 passionfruit)
1 tablespoon of raw honey, coconut nectar or maple syrup, to your taste
Pinch of cinnamon
Place half cup of muesli in each half of papaya, add cut fruit, sweetener and cinnamon. This is great for anytime of the day delicious and nutritious.
A hearty and filling vegetable and bean soup to warm the heart after a long day in the saddle.
1 cup of dried mix soup mix, cook as per instructions on bag
half a cup of cooked/canned kidney beans, adzuki beans or black beans
1 onion cubed
4 cloves of garlic or 2 teaspoons of minced garlic
1 teaspoon cumin
brown rice oil
4 small potato's cubed or 1 large potato cubed
2 Tablespoons of veggie stock
2 litre water
Add onion, oil, garlic and cumin to pot and sauté. Stir, on low heat. Once onion cooked add veggie stock and water, followed by all other ingredients. Simmer for 40-60 mins. Serve with crusty bread or damper.
A pumpkin and sweet potato patty inspired by the famous Lafew Earth burger with a cucumber and tomato salsa. All these ingredients were kindly gifted to us out of the Artemis Station vegetable garden.
1/2 a butternut pumpkin or equivalent
1 sweet potato
1/2 cup of Quinoa flakes
2 Tbsp psyllium husk powder
1 Tbsp of Italian herbs
Salt n pepper to taste
1/2 red onion
2 med tomatoes
1/2 lemon juiced
2 Tbsp olive oil
Salt n pepper to taste
Boil all vegetables till soft. Drain water and mash then add herbs quinoa flakes and psyllium husk powder and combine till firm but not dry. If patties don't hold together add more quinoa or ground flax seed if available. Add salt and pepper to taste. Form into patties and lightly fry till crisp.
For the salsa finely dice all ingredients and mix together with lemon juice oil. Add salt and pepper to taste.
To serve drop patties onto a plate and cover with salsa and more dressing. Or if bread rolls available and salad build into a burger and devour...pronto!
The last favourite and most commonly consumed dish is a Mexican inspired nachos plate. Now this one is created using a strong Mexican accent and screaming Mareeba to Karumba with Tequila Ondalay ARIBA!!! Speedy Gonzales...... you know you want to yell it out!!
Bag of Nacho's chips any variety will suffice
1 Onion chopped
2 Tomato chopped
1 cup of cooked beans, any variety will do
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1 Tbsp Italian herbs
1 Tbsp garlic, fresh is best however powder or jarred variety will also work
Salt n pepper to taste
Cheese if you have it
1 tbsp tomato paste
Fry onions till soft add garlic and combine till lovely and fragrant. Then add tomatoes and all herbs and spices and bring to boil. Once boiling turn heat down and simmer before adding the beans at the end to heat through. Again salt n pepper to taste as well as herbs. Ensure you are tasting it all the way so you get real Mexican. Add some chilli flakes here if you like a little kick by this mule.
Throw a layer of chips on a plate, spoon over mixture and cheese if available then keep layering until you either run out of ingredients or the plate is full. A smashed avocado is a real treat on top of this one.
Pour yourself a Tequila shout Mareeba Ondalay and devour before anyone looks at you strange.