Tucker

(Tucker is the Aussie slang word for food)

What comes to mind when you think about camping?  For us it conjures up images and memories of time spent around the campfire with good food and good company gazing up at the stars.  Of course turning this idyllic picture into reality requires a bit of forward planning when it comes to meals.  This is the place where you will find tested recipes of scrumptious treats and meals you can either prepare in advance while still surrounded by the luxury of modern technology at home or that is easy to throw together at the campsite.  Some recipes were passed on in my family from one generation to another, others I have sourced from media.  Wherever possible I will give credit to the creators.  Feel free to share your favourites here too.

In addition, we also created a space to share with you our experiences with various eateries.  We are always on the look out for interesting and quirky eateries that serve authentic food - you know, just something other than the standard old hamburger or fish & chips.  Let the feast begin!

 

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Tucker Blog. (Tucker is Australian slang for food)


Home-made cordial

With summer just around the corner, my mind is turning to slightly healthier versions of store bought beverages.  While water will ALWAYS be the healthiest drink, you have to admit that sometimes you just crave something with a bit of flavour.

This cordial recipe is my absolute favourite.  It works well with any kind of berry and is very quick and easy to throw together.  We particalurly like the taste of blueberry cordial.  However, it works a treat even with more sour berries like raspberry.

Ingredients

300g frozen berries

3/4 cup water

1 teaspoon citric acid

1 cup sugar

Method

1.  Put berries into a medium glass bowl and allow to thaw.  Mix citric acid into water.  Pour over thawed berries and let stand for 24 hours.

2.  Strain the liquid through a fine sieve into a pan.  Do not squash the fruit down as this will produce a cloudy cordial.  Add the sugar and stir over a low heat till dissolved.  Do not boil as it will destroy the flavour and lessen the colour.  Cool and pour into a sterilised bottle.

Makes about 375ml.

Home-made berry cordial


Three chicken freezer meals for your next camping trip

When camping our days are always full on.  We spent from sunrise till sunset exploring and enjoying the bush.  It will quite often be a combination of 4x4, hiking and swimming.

While this is our idea of heaven, it also means that we return to camp dead tired, ravenously hungry and in need of a decent feed.  Thank goodness for frozen meals!  And I do not mean the lightweight overly processed microwave meals you get from the supermarket.

We prepare our frozen meals ourselves as I am not the greatest fan of processed food.  I like to know exactly what it is I am eating.  So once a month we buy meat in bulk and set out an hour or so to package our meals.

I like to use fresh vegetables when possible, therefore our frozen meals basically comes down to marinated meat.  However, it saves a lot of time and effort when camping.  Just remember to take a package out of the freezer in the morning!

So without further ado, let me share three of my favourite chicken recipes with you. 

Lemon Chicken

500g chicken

3 cloves of garlic, minced

4 tbsp of oil

1 tbsp of dried parsley

3 tbsp lemon juice

Combine the ingredients and rub into chicken.  Place everything into a freezer bag, flatten down to take out most of the air and place in freezer.

Citrus Chicken

500g chicken

½ cup orange juice

½ cup lemon juice

1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grounded

1 tbsp soy sauce

3 cloves of garlic, minced

Combine the ingredients and rub into chicken.  Place everything into a freezer bag, flatten down to take out most of the air and place in freezer.

Sesame Chicken

500g chicken

½ cup soy sauce

1/3 cup brown sugar

½ teaspoon five spices powder

1 tbsp sesame seeds

Combine the ingredients and rub into chicken.  Place everything into a freezer bag, flatten down to take out most of the air and place in freezer.

Chicken freezer meals

Once thawed you can prepare the meat in a variety of ways.  It is delicious grilled, cooked in the oven at 180C for about an hour or in the slow cooker for 4-6hours on low.

I love to add small potatoes to the lemon chicken and cook it in the oven.  The lemon juice provide a tangy taste to the potatoes that is really enhanced when grilled for a few minutes at the end of the cooking time.

The citrus chicken goes very well with a green salad and the sesame chicken is just perfect for a stir-fry with Asian vegies.

 


Almond Biscotti

I love how quick and easy it is to whip up a batch of biscotti.  I am also a keen collector of biscotti recipes which I will share with you over time.  If you have a recipe that you love and wouldn't mind sharing, I would love to hear from you.

Ingredients

1 1/4 cups of plain of plain flour                                                                    1/2 cup of self-raising flour

3/4 cup caster sugar                                                                                        1 cup almond kernels

2 eggs                                                                                                                 1 tsp vanilla

Method

1.  Preheat oven to 180C

2.  Sift the flours into a large bowl and stir in the sugar and nuts.

3.  Combine eggs and vanilla and whisk well.

4.  Fold into dry ingredients and use your hands to knead on a floured surface until smooth.

5.  Divide mixture in half and form two long logs.

6.  Place on baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes until slightly golden and firm to the touch.

7.  Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.

8.  Once cool, cut each log on the diagonal into slices and dry out completely in a cool oven.

Almond Biscotti