Monday, 30 June 2014

The Weekend Kitchen

This weekend we took a friend of ours and his kids (aged 4 and 6) camping.  It was the first time camping for the kids so we kept it to just the one night in case things went pear shaped.

We had a great time sitting around the campfire cooking marshmallows on sticks, playing with our dog Jessie and spending time outdoors.  For us camping and living outdoors is nothing new but for a couple of city slicker, gadget addicted kids it was a bit of a learning curve.
No matter how long you go camping for whether 1 night or 10 nights you still need almost the same amount of stuff with the exception of food.  So after coming home we still had to unpack everything and put it all away.  So by the time we had checked on all the animals and had some lunch it was mid afternoon.

I used the afternoon to turn my compost pile, make a batch of washing liquid, do a couple of loads of washing, prepare our menu for the week ahead, organise an easy dinner and bake a double batch of Chocolate Curnchies.  The Chocolate Crunchies are a favourite in our house.  I make them with half the amount of sugar of the original recipe and I still think they are plenty sweet enough.

Since I had the oven on I also whipped a rice pudding. Here is the recipe I have used for years.

Rice Pudding

10 Tbs Rice
4 Cups of milk
4 Tbs Sugar
1 Tbs Butter

Preheat your oven to 150 degrees Celsius.  Place all you ingredients in a large oven proof dish.  Bake for 2 hours stirring every 20 minutes for the first hour.

What did you get up to this weekend?
Did you spend time in the kitchen?


  1. I made dahl from lentils for the first time ever. Not sure if it was right, but it was nice. Need to talk to you about it ....

    1. Happy to help. Did you use my recipe or another?


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