Wednesday 2 November 2011

Campfire Cooking

Resident beach-side ruminant - he looks hungry!  
What better way to escape the chaos of Hong Kong than to go camping. You only need to share the beach with a few other campers - and the occasional heard of cows! It's the perfect time of year for camping in Hong Kong as it's warm enough, but not so hot that you would get heat stroke in your tent.  It's also a great time for surfing; the waves are good and the water is still warm enough not to have to wear a wet suit. Each night we have a camp fire to cook our dinner, then we often wander along the beach and stop at other fires for a drink and a chat; you get to know the camping and surfing regulars on the beach! These are a few of the meals which I made last weekend...

Breakfast - Scrambled Eggs 
1 tablespoon butter
4 eggs
4 tablespoons milk
1 capsicum (bell pepper)
fresh basil
chili pepper flakes
ground pepper and salt to taste
grated cheese

Serve With: 

Cook bacon first. 
1. In a bowl or plastic bag, mix eggs with milk, chili flakes, chopped basil, pepper and salt; set aside and heat pan. 

2.  Saute capsicum in butter for a few minutes and then add egg mixture. 

3. Grate some cheese on top and stir until ready. Serve with bacon and toast.

Snack-Cheese Stuffed Chili
Large chili peppers 
Cheese-I used cheddar and brie
Freshly ground pepper
Olive Oil

1. Cut peppers down one side, (remove seeds if you don't want them very spicy).  

2.Place cheese inside pepper, drizzle with olive oil.  Grind pepper on top.  

3. Wrap with foil, place on top of hot coals for approximately 5-7 minutes.  Can be served with bread or alone.  

Dinner-Roasted Game hen with Potatoes
Serves 2
1 Cornish Game Hen or small chicken
1 lime or lemon
2 potatoes
2 large carrots
1 capsicum (pepper)
6  Mushrooms
5 shallots
6 cloves of garlic
1 cup Beer or wine

Salt & Pepper
Chili Pepper Flakes
Mixed Herbs


I find that it is best to mix everything in a large bag first, and then pour in foil.

1. Cut potatoes, carrots and capsicum into 1 inch pieces.  

2. Peel shallots and garlic, cut in half.  Score lime and place in cavity of chicken with salt pepper.  

3. Place chicken, potatoes, carrots, capsicum, shallots, garlic and mushroom in bag. Pour in olive oil and beer or wine.  Sprinkle in salt, pepper, herbs, and chili.  

4. Shake so that everything is covered with marinade. Lay out foil so that it is over lapping, you will need about 4 or 5 layers.  

5. Pour all ingredients into foil and seal.  

6. Place on hot coals, turn every 10 minutes, it should be cooked for approximately 30-40 minutes.

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