Fr. Matthew Cashmore

Priest in the Church of England. Trustee SPCK. Father, husband, son. "Small acts of Good change the world."

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Bacon Curry (bacon optional)

Curry – a basic in most of the world and Britain’s most popular dish – but you can enjoy a great curry on the road without resorting to take-out. Using the most basic of ingredients – tomatoes, celery, bacon (yes bacon), onions & garlic you can create a meal that will leave you full and happy.

Ingredients (4/6 people)

  • 1lb Bacon
  • 2 Large Onions (roughly chopped)
  • 4 Large Tomatoes (chopped)
  • 2 sticks of Celery (chopped)
  • Olive Oil (generous amount)
  • 6 Tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 2 Tsp Chilli Powder (depending on taste)
  • 4 cups Rice (3x cups of water to rice)
  • Courgette (sliced)
  • 6 pieces of Garlic
  • 2 Tbsp Tomato Puree
  • 2 vegetable stock cubes

Method

Get your rice going and ‘almost’ cooked – take off the stove and leave covered to keep warm. Pour in your olive oil (a good amount) and then on a high heat soften your chopped onions and garlic. Once good and soft (but not brown) add your tomato puree, vegitable stock cubes, cumin and chili powder – this produces a very dry mix with the onions – but don’t worry it’s exactly as you want it. Give it a good mix and let the onions soften a little more. Turn the heat down a little.

Now drop in your chopped tomatoes, celery, and courgette – mix well and turn the heat right down. Cover and let simmer with occasional stirring for around 15 mins if you’re not adding the bacon.

If you are adding bacon – chop your bacon into thin strips and add to the curry – if you’re using other pieces of meat (like chicken or beef) make sure you brown this off in the pot before you start – with bacon you don’t need to do this as it will cook quite happily in the curry from raw. Cover and occasional stir for around 15 mins.

The perfect camp kitchen

When you’re cooking on the road, other than your cooker, the most important bit of kit you carry is your camp kitchen. There are lots of options out there – from the home-away-from-home sets right down to nothing more than a sharp knife and a spoon.

I carry a commercial Sea to Summit kitchen set that I’ve modified with a few personal luxuries (if you can call a small whisk a luxury). But more than things like knifes, forks, spoons and washing gear the most important part of your camp kitchen are your everyday spices and little extras that mean you can cook properly.

My kitchen contains:

Of course – this is just me – other people have smaller sets and others have larger sets, especially if they’re travelling two up. I recorded a quick video showing my set and my best mate Stace’s.


Watch the video on YouTube.

 

Simple Noodles

Noodles are pretty much the perfect on-the-road food. Packed with lots of energy giving goodness they’re also incredibly cheap, easy to get hold of and fabulously versatile.  In the past we’ve taken a look at Wokkered Noodles – in this recipe we explore the simplest of noodle options – sausages, packet tomato sauce… that’s it. Thanks very much to Sandered over on Horizons Unlimited for the recipe.


Watch on YouTube.

Ingredients (1 person)

  • Good quality noodles
  • 2 Sausages
  • Single packet of Dolmio Sauce (tomato sauce)

Method

Fast and simple. Boil your noodles according to the instructions – don’t let them boil for too long otherwise they’ll go soggy and starchy.  Take them out of your pot and cut a couple of sausages into small chunks, whack them back in the hot pan and brown them off until they’re cooked. When they’re ready add the noodles back to the pan and pour in your Domio Sauce – bring up to heat and dish up.

As an alternative change the sausages to fish or salami. You could also throw in some onion or some stronger seasoning. For a cheaper alternative just use a tin of tomatoes or 4 fresh tomatoes and cup of water – you’ll need to cook these down before you cook your noodles.