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Camping and RV Recipe of the Week
In the Dutch colonies, Rijsttafel was served with as many condiments as one had servants, or “boys” to carry them in. You might be invited to a three-boy, six-boy or even a royal 12-boy table. In camping this festive, versatile meal begins as a simple, one-pot dish but there is no limit to the treats you might add. It’s all part of the fun to see how creative you can be.
This is a dish to serve every day with different vegetable mixtures and different toppings. In ethnic grocery stores find candied calmondins, picked watermelon rind and a wealth of chutneys. Other choices are peanuts, shredded coconut, golden raisins, toasted sesame seeds, slivered almonds, bits of shaved or candied ginger, diced bananas, orange marmalade, mandarin orange segments, cashews, sliced scallions, minced parsley ad inf.
PS. Bring a supply of festive, colorful, disposable containers for the “boys”
4 cups finely chopped vegetables; the more variety, the better (+ meat if you wish)
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Medium onion, diced
1 tablespoon each minced garlic and mild curry powder
1 cup basmati rice
2 1/2 cups water
2 teaspoons powdered bouillon ( chicken or vegetable)
Salt, pepper to taste
Sizzle vegetables in hot oil in a large skillet, gradually adding onion and garlic. Cook until vegetables are barely crisp-tender. Stir in rice to coat, then add water , bring to a boil and stir in bouillon. Cover the pan and cook over low heat 20-25 minutes or until rice is tender. Stir. Adjust seasonings. This is enough rice for 4-6 servings. Pass the toppings for each person to add to taste.
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Campground Potluck Recipe of the Week
Cajun BBQ and Rice
6 cups water
2 beef or chicken bouillon cubes
6 cups instant rice
1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning (such as Tony Chachere’s)
2 tubs, one pound each, shredded chicken or beef barbecue (such as Lloyd’s)
Small can diced chilies, drained
15-ounce can diced tomatoes with green peppers
10-ounce can whole kernel corn with red and green peppers
In a large pot bring water to a boil and stir in bouillon, seasoning and rice. Cover the pot, take it off the burner and let stand 7 to 10 minutes or until water is absorbed. Over very low heat, stir in barbecue, chilies, tomatoes and corn. Cover and continue heating over low burner until it’s heated through. Stir and serve. Serves 10-12
Cook’s note: To make even more servings, use this mixture as a burrito filling.
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FREEZE AHEAD RECIPE OF THE WEEK
This is an ideal meal to freeze in boilable bags for easy reheating.
2 cups medium pasta such as penne
2 carrots, peeled and diced fine
1 pound asparagus, trimmed and cut in 2-inch pieces
16-ounce jar of chunky salsa
½ cup freshly shredded Parmesan
12-ounce package cooked salad shrimp
Cook pasta according to package directions, adding carrots for the last 5 minutes and asparagus for the last 2 minutes of cook time. Drain. Stir in salsa, then Parmesan, to cool it down, then cool and chill. Quickly stir in frozen shrimp and package in portions of 1 to 1 1/2 cups per serving. Freeze at once.
Tips for the Camp Chef
* Need a food-safe abrasive sink scrubber? Dip a damp sponge in dry baking soda Scrub, then squeeze out sponge in a little clean water. Soda keeps it stink-free while it dries.
* Mix cream soda and pancake mix to a thick batter. Dip banana, apple or pineapple chunks. Fry in hot oil. Dip in coarse brown sugar.
* Mix powdered borax and sugar half and half. Dip damp sponges generously in mixture. Set sponges around at night to get rid of ants. For roaches, simply sprinkle borax in damp sink and shower pan before bedtime. Once they touch it, it’s curtains. They don’t have to eat it.
* Make sauce for plain cake or gingerbread. Save syrup or juice from canned fruit. To 2 cups juice add 1 T. each butter, minute tapioca, lemon juice. Simmer, stirring until thick.
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