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Wednesday, September 28, 2005


Peace. A whole hour to myself before it's back to the grindstone. A quick wash and a shave in lukewarm water, feet powdered and clean socks on, rifle cleaned. Now it's down to the serious business - breakfast.

I've never been a particular fan of baked beans. This is a shame as every breakfast in every menu of the rations seems to involve beans. I had my own solution. The recipe went as follows:

Preparation. (10-15 mins). Crack three hexamine blocks against any handy sharp object and set light to them. Pre-heat a metal mug full of water to Hexy Mark 5 (100 celsius). Open 1 x packet of rolled oats (a porridge like mixture), 1 x packet of powdered milk, 1 x sachet of sugar and the magic ingredient - chocolate powder.

Cooking. (1 min)
Empty rolled oats into mug. Stir briskly. Add 1/2 pack of chocolate powder. Season with powdered milk and sugar.

Serving. Should only be served al-fresco when very tired. Being cold and wet will improve the flavour.

Tip of the Day. Use the remaining chocolate powder, milk powder and sugar - add half a sachet of coffee and you can have a mocha-latte to compliment your breakfast.

Of course not everyone agrees with this recipe.


Anonymous Growing Up said...

I know what you mean about the baked beans. Staying with my friend nearly every weekend before we got married she would make baked beans waffles and fish fingers or burgers and now i can't eat any of it. I don't know how you survived on ration packs. Maybe i should have joined the army i would have the perfect figure because i don't know if i could eat the food.Saying that if i was bloody hungery i would have to eat it.

6:30 pm  
Blogger Monica said...

Your breakfast sounds so much better than baked beans. And less gas inducing as well.

10:49 pm  
Blogger JonnyB said...

Heinz baked beans are nowhere near as good since they took all the salt out. Most disappointing.

10:50 am  
Blogger Universal Soldier said...

I don't think Army beans ever had salt in them, or proper tomato sauce. In fact they were generally very un-baked bean like.

6:16 pm  
Blogger Haggiswurst said...

Now I am a Baked Beans fan, my favourite breakfast on a weekend after I have been to the Gym (ha! - honest) is baked beans, scotch pie and chips washed down by a steaming mug of tea.

Oh I am a healthy eater

8:16 pm  
Blogger Monica said...

What is scotch pie?

I am learning all sorts of things today

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