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Fluffy Campfire Pancakes – Next-Level Campfire Cooking

Camping is a favourite family tradition in North Queensland. No matter the season up here, it’s perfect weather to gather up the tent or clean the caravan, relocate all the camping gear and prepare for days of relaxation and fun in the great outdoors. Sometimes, what can make or break a camping trip is the food! We know how hard it can be to prepare and cook good meals when camping (we’ve been there), and as much as we love the old favourites, we also love variety. Pancakes are a traditional and much-loved breakfast meal. And, guess what? Just because you’re camping doesn’t mean you can’t eat your favourite tasty foods! Try out our fluffy campfire pancakes recipe for a quick and easy start to the day. Instead of putting together the dry mix while you’re experiencing the outdoors, simply pre-mix it before you go camping. 

Store the dry ingredients in a ziplock bag, to mix with the wet ingredients whenever you decide to cook the pancakes. This recipe does require you to take butter, an egg or two and water to finish the batter and for cooking.


1 ½ cups plain flour

½ cup sugar

1/3 cup milk powder (unless you have an esky while camping to store cold items, in which case you can replace the amount of water below with milk)

4 ½ tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

½ cup – 1 cup water (depends on how thick you want the mixture)

2 eggs

Bring at least 50g butter (feel free to bring more and use it to cook every single pancake, even if the pan is non-stick, to give the pancakes extra flavour. Just know that this isn’t exactly healthy!).


Mix together all of the dry ingredients in a ziplock bag by putting them in and shaking the bag. Store away safely.

When camping, mix the wet and dry ingredients together in a bowl or bottle or whatever works best for you. Melt butter on the pan first, then cook each pancake until golden brown on both sides.

Tip: Serve with fruit such as bananas or berries for extra delicious-ness!


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Sweet Potato Couscous – Maria’s Recipe July

Maria’s Sweet Potato Couscous


1 cup couscous
1 cup (250ml) hot chicken

or Vegetable stock

2 tbsp (40ml) orange juice
1 (400g) sweet potato, peeled,
cut into 2cm cubes
2 tbsp (300g) pine nuts
40ml (2 tbsp) olive oil

2 shallots, sliced
Salt & freshly ground pepper
2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
2 tbsp raisins and cranberries


Place couscous into a heatproof bowl. Pour the hot stock over it, cover and allow stock to absorb for about 5 minutes. Gently fluff with a fork.

Cook sweet potato in a saucepan of boiling water for 10 minutes or until tender. Drain.

To toast pine nuts heat a frypan over a medium heat. Add pine nuts and stir until slightly golden. Transfer to a bowl immediately as nuts will continue to cook.

In a jug, whisk together orange juice and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Add cooked sweet potato, shallots, toasted pine nuts, cranberries, raisins and parsley to the couscous.

Pour dressing over and gently combine. Serve warm and enjoy!


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Taneth’s Pumpkin Soup – Reader Recipes July

Taneth’s Pumpkin Soup


Olive oil
2 onions (red will make it taste sweeter)
1kg pumpkin (can use butternut and kent combined)
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cumin
4 garlic cloves1 tsp cinnamon
1L vegetable stock (Massel brand has proved best)
Salt and pepper

To Serve

Pouring cream or thickened
Sunflower seeds
Crispy bacon
Crusty sourdough


Turn oven to 180°C and line a baking tray with baking paper. Cut pumpkin into bite size chunks and onions into quarters. Place garlic cloves whole on the tray. Drizzle the tray with olive oil and add spices. Mix the vegetables and garlic with your hands until they are well coated. Bake until cooked, roughly 30 minutes. (Sometimes I let the vegetables char for added smoky flavour).

Place the vegetable stock in a saucepan on medium heat. Remove from heat and add vegetables and garlic (you will have to push it out of its skin) to the stock and blitz with a hand held mixer. Add salt and pepper.

Sprinkle sunflower seeds and cooked bacon bits on top of the pumpkin soup, as well as cream. Serve with sourdough. Enjoy!

You can read more recipes here, and find extra pumpkin soup recipe tips here! 



Chicken Piccata – Local Produce Recipes

Chicken Piccata is a delicious recipe to try and make. It’s easy to prepare and cooks fast – perfect for a quick, healthy family dinner!

Recipe by Lenard’s Chicken.


1kg Lenard’s Skinless Chicken Breast (Butterflied and halved)

¼ cup plain flour

60g butter

Salt and pepper

2 garlic cloves, crushed

1 cup chicken stock

½ cup lemon juice

1/3 cup capers


Chopped parsley


Season Chicken with Salt and Pepper, then cover chicken in flour- shake off excess.

Heat ½ the butter in a pan over medium heat. Cook in the pan until browned, then put aside. You may need to do this in batches, depending on how big your pan is.

In the same pan, heat the rest of the butter over medium heat. Add garlic and capers and cook for two minutes.

Stir in chicken stock and lemon juice. Slowly add in two or more teaspoons of cornflour if you want the sauce to be thicker. Add chicken back to the pan and simmer for 10 minutes, turning it over in the sauce a few times to evenly coat it.

Serve once sauce has thickened slightly, sprinkling parsley over it.

Meet the Local Owners:

Visit Lenard’s Chicken in Redlynch and say hello to local owner Allison, or head on down to Lenard’s Chicken in Raintrees and speak to local owner Suria.

Lenard’s Redlynch, Shop T32 Redlynch Central Shopping Centre, 20 Larsen Road, Redlynch Q 4870 Lenard’s Raintrees, Shop T2 Raintrees Shopping Centre, Alfred Street, Manunda Q 4870.

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Tacos – Interactive Meals for the Family

Forget the cutlery and bring Mexico to your table with tacos, a traditional dish consisting of a small hand-sized corn or wheat tortilla, stuffed with fillings. Even if some members of the family don’t like some ingredients, it’s perfect because they can add whatever they want into their own.


500g beef mince

8 Taco shells

1 tbsp oil

1 red onion, chopped

2 tomatoes, chopped

4 large lettuce leaves, shredded

1 ½ cups grated cheese

¾ cup beef stock

Sour cream, to serve

¾ cup corn

½ tbsp paprika

½ tbsp ground cumin


Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat. Add onion and cook until browned.

Add the mince and cook until browned, then add the corn. Make sure to break up the mince with a wooden spoon. Mix in the cumin and paprika. 

Add stock and let simmer for a further 10 minutes, stirring well.

Serve mince in taco shells. Let the family add lettuce, tomato, cheese and sour cream to their tacos as desired!

Tip: You can make vegetarian tacos by replacing the meat with extra vegetables, lentils, tofu and/or beans.

You can find more food blogs here, with great winter dinner recipe ideas. 


San Choy Bow – Interactive Meals for the Family

Otherwise known as ‘Chinese lettuce wraps’, San Choy Bow is a family favourite and a way to get veggies in their diet without fuss. Super tasty and healthy, it’s fun, a little messy and incredibly easy for cooks of all ages to help make in the kitchen, before assembly at the dinner table.


500g pork mince

2 large carrots, grated

1 garlic clove, minced

8 mushrooms, chopped

2 red chillies, chopped

3 Spring onions, chopped

1 tbsp oil

Lettuce leaves

2 tbsp hoisin sauce

1 tbsp soy sauce


Rinse 8 whole lettuce leaves and set aside to dry.

In a pan over medium heat, add oil and cook the pork mince until browned. Set aside.

In the same pan cook the onion until tender (roughly 5 – 10 minutes). Add all of the vegetables, including garlic, and cook for 5 minutes, making sure they are tender. Stir in the hoisin and soy sauce as well as the pork, cooking for a further 2 minutes.

To serve, spoon the mixture into the centre of each open lettuce leaf, as you would when making a wrap.

Tip: You can substitute the meat for beef mince or chicken. If you’re in a rush, use store bought mixed vegetables instead of hand chopping your own!

You can find more food blogs here, with great winter dinner recipe ideas.