Camp cookery

We are back in the tent after a little break staying in a hostel in Stromness in the Orkneys. Just to give you an idea of how we manage to rustle up a meal when we are camping here is tonights recipe and method. We have a single burner meths stove called a Trangia with two pans and a kettle to cook with so it does require a little imagination and some juggling to produce a hot meal.

Poached Salmon in a white sauce with fresh peppers and rice.

Ingredients

Two small salmon steaks

Rice for two

Knob of butter

One large yellow pepper

Jar of carbonara sauce

Seasoning

Method

Put the rice in a pan and add about an inch of water and a little salt and leave to soak. Dice the pepper into small pieces and melt the butter in the second pan. Skin the fish and cut into 2cm squares. Fry the peppers until soft then set them aside on a plate. Put the rice on the stove, bring to the boil then set aside. Bring an inch of salted water to the boil and poach the fish for five minutes then drain the water onto the partially cooked rice and add the salmon to the peppers on the plate. Return the rice to the stove and bring back to the boil before setting it to one side again. Empty the jar of sauce into a pan and bring to the boil. Add the peppers and fish and stir. Drain the rice into a sieve. Decant half of the fish and sauce mix into the second pan. Divide the rice between the two pans and serve.

It’s a bit complicated but I can assure you it was delicious. As were the profiteroles in the chocolate sauce to follow. So you don’t need to be worrying about us, we won’t starve.

Lurking by a standing stone on Orkney

Lurking by a standing stone on Orkney

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