SPAM Bacon Carbonara

Recipe : SPAM Bacon Carbonara

SPAM Bacon Carbonara

 

Just in case you’re thinking that we store SPAM as a regular staple in our pantry, we don’t, but after the few recipes that we’ve tried, we might have to include it.  Tinned tuna and sardines can get tiresome after a while so when fresh meat isn’t available, SPAM does the trick.  Here is another delicious recipe that we tried out while camping at Somerset on Cape York – super easy and super yummy, we had to add it to our SPAM series.

 

Ingredients

  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tin of SPAM with bacon
  • 1-2 tsp minced garlic (depending on how much you love garlic)
  • 1 head of broccoli
  • 1-2 tsp butter
  • 1 packet of quick Carbonara pasta (we used San Remo)
  • Spring onion, pepper and chilli flakes to taste

 

 

Method

  • Dice the SPAM and finely chop the broccoli.
  • Heat olive oil in a pot and cook spam, broccoli and garlic together for about 5 minutes or until the SPAM is browning.
  • Add the required water for the Carbonara recipe and bring to the boil.
  • Add the butter and contents of the Carbonara packet. Stir and cook for the required length of time as specified on Carbonara packet.
  • Add chopped spring onion, pepper and chilli flakes to taste, dish out and eat. Serves 3.

 

This meal was delicious, even as leftovers the next day.  Really tasty.

 

SPAM Bacon Carbonara

 

Egg, bacon & zucchini

Cooking : Stuff you can cook on a free BBQ

One of the things that have been consistently useful while we’ve been travelling around Australia are the free electric or gas BBQ facilities at various parks.  You will find one in nearly every town that you pass through, and it’s a quick and easy way to prepare breakfast, lunch or dinner, fish, poultry, steak, vegetables, and even dessert!

 

Because public facilities have a tendency to be a bit scummy, it’s a good idea to have some foil and spray oil with you.  Start off by spraying the BBQ plate before laying a sheet of foil down that spans the whole width of the plate.  Spray more oil on the foil and press the BBQ button to start the heating process.  This ‘Foil and Oil’ method will protect your food from dirty BBQs and it makes cleaning up heaps easier at the end.

 

Foil & Oil

 

If you’re sick of cold sandwiches or expensive takeaway, here are a few ideas that you can whip up in no time!

 

 

Breakfast Extravaganza

If you’re craving for a big breakfast, turn to your trusty electric BBQ.

 

Bacon rashers work really well, as do sliced mushroom with oil, S&P and herbs, sliced tomatoes with a splash of balsamic vinegar, haloumi with lemon juice, chipolatas and sausage.

 

Eggs can be prepared either scrambled or fried.  For scrambled eggs that are a bit specky, whisk your eggs with some thickened cream, thyme and goat cheese or fetta.  Pour your eggs on the hot plate over caramelise onions and you’ll be in flavour country within minutes.

 

If you have foil and spray oil, craft an ‘egg tray’ with a flap that you can fold over to make a lid. Spray the tray with oil before cracking your eggs into it and about halfway through, fold the lid over the eggs to contain the heat so that the top can cook.  Once the eggs are done, flip the egg tray onto your plate, or make a yummy sandwich or wrap with some Caesar dressing, cos lettuce and shards of parmesan cheese and cooked bacon.

 

MEAT

Red meat can be expensive at times, but if you visit the supermarkets in the morning, chances are good that you’ll find a super awesome special or reduced item.  We’ve struck gold with $5 kangaroo steaks, $3.50 pork steaks and the occasional $4 lamb chop.

 

Heat up the BBQ, season the meat with a bit of salt, pepper and your favourite seasoning, and cook until you’re satisfied.

 

 

Fish

Basa fillets are only $8 a kilo and have a beautiful texture and mild flavour.  Popcorn salt is great to season the fillets while cooking, and you can even wrap them in foil for a more steamed effect.

 

Meat Biscuits

Economical, convenient and delicious – a marvellous trifecta that makes meat biscuits so great.  Check out Juz’s post on how to make a batch of meat biscuits.

 

Vegetables

Caramelising onions requires salt, pepper, oil, butter, vinegar, sugar (optional) and patience.  You need to cook them nice and slowly for between 20-40 minutes to achieve the best results.  The aim of the game is to get the natural sugars to caramelise, giving them a rich sweet flavour – balsamic vinegar and a sprinkle of sugar assist with the caramelisation process and give the onions a little boost in flavour.   Use in sandwiches, atop steak or stir through scrambled eggs.

 

Vegetable medallions are a great way to get some veggies in your day.  Slice up discs of sweet potato, zucchini, pumpkin or parsnip and flap onto the hot plate with some S&P, herbs and spices.  For a kooky twist, try a sprinkle of cinnamon on your parsnip or sweet potato.

 

Asparagus, capsicum and eggplant also work well on the hotplate, or you can even make up a few veggie kebabs – YUM!

 

 

 

Fruit

Crazy talk!  Slice up your apple, nectarine, pear or pineapple and sear it on the hotplate before topping with a drizzle of honey and a dollop of yoghurt.  Figs, bananas and peaches also make for a delicious treat, or you can go tutti fruity and make a colourful kebab.

 

Pancakes

You can either make your own batter with some milk, flour, bi-carb and egg, or get some ‘just add water and shake’ stuff from the supermarket.  Pancakes are great with hazelnut spread and cream cheese, fruit and honey, peanut butter or your favourite jam.

 

If you want to get crazy, pour the pancake batter over bacon as it’s frying and you can have ‘panbaconcakes’, which are awesome on their own, drizzled with maple syrup, or topped with scrambled eggs.

 

Panbaconcakes

 

Do you take advantage of free BBQs while travelling?  What’s your favourite thing to cook on a BBQ?

 

 

Panbaconcakes

Recipe : Pan’bacon’cakes

Hello – Juz here…  Allow me to blow your mind.

 

A few years ago, I went on a cooking adventure and made a turbaconducken.  Cooking the turbaconducken was so much fun and it was so delicious, it inspired me to create panbaconcakes.

 

Panbaconcakes

 

Panbaconcakes are an absolute treat and making them is super easy. They are simply pancakes embedded with bacon.

 

Method

  1. Cut up bacon into small pieces and cook on BBQ or frypan to your desired crispiness.
  2. Prepare pancake batter (whether you want to make your own from scratch or purchase some shake’n’bake batter – up to you).  We used a maple syrup flavoured pancake mix and put in enough water in so that it was runny but still thick and gooey.
  3. Pour pancake batter onto hot plate/pan and sprinkle with bacon pieces.
  4. Once one side is cooked, flip and cook the other side.
  5. Serve on its own or with a fried egg, maple syrup, slices of cheese or chocolate spread.

 

 

Enjoy…

 

 

Recipe : Damper

Recipe : Damper

Sometimes, making your own bread is much more economical than buying loaves that can go moldy in a few days.  Here is a recipe for plain damper, as well as some flavour suggestions if you want to mix it up a bit…

 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 tbs butter
  • A pinch of salt
  • 175ml milk OR 175ml water with milk/yoghurt powder

 

 

Method

  • Put all the dry ingredients into a bowl.
  • Put the butter in and rub between fingers to make a breadcrumb-looking mixture.
  • Add the liquids and combine.  Knead into a ball of dough – if it’s too wet, add more flour and if it’s too dry, add more liquid.
  • Place dough ball into a small oiled pan and flatten with fist to make a disc shape. Put into a pre-heated dutch oven (with a wire rack inside to prevent the bottom of the pan from burning) for around 15-25 minutes, depending on how hot the oven is.
  • You’ll know it’s done when it’s a nice golden colour and the damper feels puffy instead of squishy.  It’s still going to be moist in the centre – but that’s just how we like it.

 

Recipe : Damper

 

Cheese & Bacon DamperMake the plain damper dough and knead in pieces of cheese and diced bacon before baking.

 

 

Chocolate DamperMake the plain damper dough and knead in chocolate powder or cacao.  If you want to make Double Chocolate Damper, sprinkle in some choc chips.

 

 

Choc Bacon DamperMake the plain damper dough and knead in chocolate powder or cacao with bacon bits.  If you want to make Double Chocolate Bacon Damper, sprinkle in some choc chips.

 

If you are curious about how much cheese, bacon or chocolate to add, use the Juz scale.  If you like bacon a lot, add lots of bacon.  If you like chocolate a little bit, add a little bit of chocolate, and so on.

 

Future recipe ideasBanana, Banana Chocolate, Choc Orange, Olive, Hawaiian (ham, cheese and pineapple), Italian (green olives, tomato, basil), Greek (feta, kalamata olive, lamb), Herb & Garlic

 

Do you have any kooky damper flavours?