Bullets and Beans
Last month at the amazing Desert Knights Mountain Bike adventure I got to meet the wonderful Marion Sieberts.
If you have done the Mapangubwe Wildrun (now that is one for the bucket list) or many other amazing wild sporting adventures, then you would have eaten her delicious food.
Anyway, on the morning at the Orange River, she opens up the Pooitjie pot on the fire and this aroma comes out that has us all salivating.
It didn’t look like much but oh my word it was so yummy. After getting this simple but delicious recipe that she dubbed Bullets and Beans, I had to try it out the next week when we were camping in the Tankwa Karoo National Park.
I had a very hard to please crowd, my kids and their friends. The joy of dealing with kids is that they are ruthless with their critique and opinion and are very bad at faking it if they don’t like the taste of something. So to say I presented a breakfast with baked beans and boiled eggs in it with slight fear and trembling would be putting it mildly. My mum is from the UK, so I grew up with baked beans on toast as a staple Sunday night dinner but my kids are not such huge fans.
Anyway, as we were in the middle of the Karoo bushcamping in this exquisite valley and it was Simon’s birthday, I got up early and quickly put Bullets and Beans together. It had to be quick and easy as the temperature was about to rise over 40degrees celsius and we still had to pack up camp.
I had boiled the eggs the night before, so that made the process quicker and easier. At Desert Knights, Marion had served boiled eggs for breakfast the day before and then used the leftover eggs for the Bullets and Beans the following morning. So when camping remotely or moving camp daily, its little things like these that makes your life easier.
If you have a bit more time, making fresh Irish soda bread in the pan would be an absolutely delicious accompaniment (recipe here). Otherwise, wraps would also work well as they travel brilliantly for those really remote trips. (overland shopping list guide).
We just did it with normal toast as I didn’t have a lot of time. Well, the kids absolutely loved it! The leftovers were even eaten for lunch the next day! So Bullets and Beans will be added to my quick yummy breakfast camping list along with flapjacks, vanilla oats and the usual bacon and eggs.
So here is the recipe for a really easy yummy breakfast!
Marion’s Bullets and Beans
celery (I forgot mine and still was delicious)
1 tin tomatoes
1 tin bakes beans
eggs (depends how many you want)
Onion flakes (I used from Woolies)
Chop up onion into small pieces and fry until lightly golden and translucent and add your celery (you can add garlic too, but I forgot…yes this as well)
Add tin of tomatoes and let simmer while you peel the eggs, giving the occasional stir.
Once peeled add baked beans and eggs to the tomato mixture. As needed to taste, add salt and pepper and some fresh herbs if you have and like. I had some leftover bacon bits, so we added this to the mixture which was delicious. You can pretty much do anything!
Serve on toast and adding the crispy onion once dished is the not to be missed final ingredient.
I doubled the above quantity for 7 and we had some leftovers which the kids gobbled for lunch the next day.
So, it doesn’t look or sound like much but it is yummy, wholesome and easy. Give it a try next time you are camping and want something a little different.