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    Default Middle of the Road Food

    No, not road kill. But, I guess that would do. We can fix this in the middle of the road, depending on traffic.

    Some of the following is how Martha and I handle nourishment on the road. Some of these are suitable for picnics or camp, some are even backpacking candidates. These are not bush recipes, nor is this grrlscout's kitchen, it's somewhere in between.

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    Let's have some breakfast. Powdered milk to a boil.

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    Quinoa in and simmer for about 15 min. Stir in some brown sugar and cinnamon, stir and simmer another 5. Add those blueberries for just a minute or two.

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    Serve as such. Or add a bit more fresh blueberry, sugar, and cinnamon on top.

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    This one I had intended for a light lunch, but it turned into an hors d'oeuvre. We were running from the rain. I had to buy the blackberries frozen, turned out to give them a little time to thaw.

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    Squeeze a full lime, and stir in a little sugar and ginger powder. Drizzle that over that dissected nectarine and the berries.


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    Served after the tarp went up.

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    Default Martha's Stew

    Easy to fix and never the same way twice.

    The hors d'oeuvre.

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    Martha starts trimming.

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    Trim the pig as lean as you like, Martha plays by Emeril's rules. A green pepper was all she could buy single that day, a kids snack pack of carrots, one potato, half that bunch of onions, and half of that green pepper. Salt, pepper, and basil round it out. Give it at least 45 minutes after the start of simmer.

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    Flat bread on the fire, and warm the plates.

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    And served by candlelight with a salad.

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    She doesn't miss a thing, dessert.

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    Default And, in the lab

    The power went out here just before lunch on this one. I took the opportunity to practice some of my skilz, and wash up a few things for the coming season.

    Now, Bad Bill travels with an MRE and a canteen cup. Sweet William, he adds a pot or two, traveling with Martha, you have to earn your keep.

    Here's a one pot contraption, kinda sorta.

    Name your fish, today it's Salmon. I have made this with Cod also, I would assume Tuna would be nice. You need a mix of salt, white pepper, and ginger powder made up for a dry rub.

    We carry the rice, rub, and soy sauce. Everything else we get fresh at the Piggly Wiggly. We need fish for two, one lemon, one bunch of green onions(ramps in the bush if you know what you're looking for), and a green. I kinda got caught off guard on the green, so adapt and overcome, and open a green giant can of peas.

    Let's get started.

    Start a pint of water to boil in the pot.

    Lay that fish into the steamer contraption, drizzle with one half of the lemon and soy sauce. Sprinkle on the rub, and quarter the remaining lemon and add two pieces to each piece of fish. One green onion per piece of fish, split lengthwise and cut into about four inch pieces. If it's ramp, you only need a piece of a piece, treat em' with respect. Add the veg on top, sugar snap peas are nice and can be bought by the pound or in small packages fresh.

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    Ok, let's take inventory.

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    You need to get your plate ready, I ain't far off here. I do enjoy cooking with the sterno, it does give you a few minutes to enjoy the finer things.

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    Let's let the fish and veg mix run about 12 minutes before we add the rice.

    Let's take a whiff of the fish and add the rice.

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    The rice of course goes into the drippings and we add the fish and veg mix back.

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    Twelve minutes more and we hand things over to Martha.

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    The square plates and vino are optional.

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    As good as it is on the kitchen table, it is twice as good on a picnic table.

    I've got a plastic copy of that steamer that I haven't used yet, lighter weight. Where's a good power failure when you need one?

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    Default Potatoes and Shrimp?

    Sounds strange I know, but it works. Crawdad tails if you are resourceful. First, the lab:



    One pot, kinda sorta.

    Let's dice some spuds.

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    I like to dice them rather coarse, that seems to strike a compromise between Martha and I. She could pick em' and eat em' right off the tree, I like mine a bit crispy. Especially with this dish, the potatoes need a little crunch. Our tastes invert with bovids, but that's another story.

    Let's inventory:

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    We have to pick these up at the Piggly Wiggly before camp:

    Potatoes
    Shrimp
    Green Onion

    And any Adventure Chef worth his salt carries these, right?

    Olive Oil
    Salt
    Pepper
    Curry Powder

    Add the potatoes to a hot pot with a tablespoon or so of oil. Brown em', it adds a really nice texture with this dish.

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    I soon learn that the sterno just ain't gonna cut it, the firestorm gets lit.

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    10-15 minutes, stirring regularly, and then add the white of two green onions. Note that the green is segregated and has a fancy schmancy diagonal cut. Give the onions just a minute or two, again while you stir.

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    Dump the potato concoction on a plate for a few minutes.

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    Add another dab of oil to the pot, then the shrimp.

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    Sprinkle some curry powder in, be nice, it don't take much.

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    Just a few minutes with the shrimp, and yes toss them a couple of times. Add the potatoes back and toss for a minute or two. Salt and pepper to taste while in the pot.

    Garnish with the greens of the onions, serve.

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    The square plates and vino are optional.

    It takes about 15 minutes of prep time, and less than 30 to cook. Less than 5 bucks a head, less than most Mcvalue meals, and the clean up is reasonable.

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    O, wait a minute, there is one fork missing. Martha is still busy.

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    Does it make you feel better that she only ate half?


    And this is how it goes in the field:

    Let's go to the picnic table, a table for two please.


    Shrimp and potatoes.

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    The intended campground was closed on this next one. So, a side walk for two.

    A packaged salad, small container of macaroni and potato salad, and a filet.

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    You beat all, ITN!!!
    I don't know what roughing it would be for you but this is great. The quinoa and blueberries should be on everyone's list, it's that good and good for you too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BENESSE View Post
    ..........I don't know what roughing it would be for you..........

    Fox grapes to vino, now that's rough. I've done it, but it's tough.
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    Default Catchup, not ketchup

    We had packed up wet this morning. Made the end of day in time for laundry, drying camping gear, and hors d'oeuvre.

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    I see all that and I'm really ashamed. I keep complaining to myself how our kitchen isn't nearly large enough to make dinners for more than 6 people tops, and here you are making a feast outdoors. Maybe I should start cooking on the sidewalk.

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    You guys are making me hungry.
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    I just ate am getting hungry again

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    full-951-55895-dinner_001.jpgfull-951-55894-dinner_002.jpghmmm,dunno if thats `middle of the road food,,maybe upperclass middle of the road food. My wife here in the philippines is an awesome cook,,and she does it with always a bare minimum......Picture 123.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by lefties View Post
    .........and she does it with always a bare minimum......
    I would really like to hear some details on those recipes, I'm always looking for new ideas. My goal is to simply be able to walk into a store, farmer's market, road side produce stand, etc, and be able to whip something up from whatever is available.
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    I confess that I have never had sushi camping or backpacking.

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    Now that was outstanding, a good example of what can be done.

    My experiance has been mostly open wood fires and cst iron.....camping/canoing and shore lunch results in just warming stuff mostly.

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    Y'all may not believe that I'm thinking of something other than the food, but I really like that Kawasaki and how it's outfitted.
    (The bigger Bike looked like maybe a BMW, but I really couldn't tell for sure....but I like the smaller, lighter looking Kaw.)LOL
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    Thanks....good post.
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