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I have no fridge so have no fresh meat, camping in remote areas of the arid region of South Australia (SA). Fresh veggies make up much of my diet, while they last. Every couple of days I make a loaf of bread in the camp oven and it goes down well, fresh and hot, straight out of the oven, as well as toasted. Breakfast is usually two fried eggs followed by toast.

Although I have gas as a standby, the campfire is where I cook in the frying pan, camp oven and of course, my trusty, black billys.

Did you know you can use cabbage in a veggie roast?

Potato, pumpkin, sweet potato, leek, celery, half a cob of corn, carrot, apple and cabbage, sometimes topped off with a cold tin of salmon.

Oil the camp oven well before placing in the veggies, the potato first.

Flame is your greatest enemy when cooking in the camp oven. Use only coals.

Place half a shovel of coals away froim the intense heat of the fire and level it out a bit. If it's realy hot wood, sprinkle a little sand or dirt over the coals to cut back the heat. You may have enough heat in the coals to compleatly cook your roast, but if you can't hear the oil simmering, add some more coals half way through to finish the job. Place a small amount of coals on top of the camp oven. You may need to top these up a couple of times.

As a rule of thumb, it may take half an hour or a bit more to roast your veggies.

If you have chops or steak, put them in the camp oven first with the veggies on top.


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  • Guest - Joy Gower

    Hi Laurie. I love your commentary. I can almost feel myself going through these things with you. You are so adventurous. Doug and I have long service leave next year. Will call in to Bega on our way through. Will contact you a bit closer. Joy

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  • Great to hear from you Joy! Yes, be pleased to see you.

    I'll bet you'd like to be coming on our next trip. Lesley is coming too, as well as another couple with a Landrover.

    Broken Hill and up the Dog Fence to Tibooburra, North to the Dig Tree, Innaminca, Mount Hopeless at the northern extremity of the Flinders Ranges, Lake Eyre South, Andamooka and Lake Torrens, then we'll check out the wineries around the Clare Valley and come home over the Snowy Mountains.


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