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Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Ready Steady Cook

One of the advantages of going on exercise to Poland was that we'd stocked our vehicle up with some 'real' food to supplement the rations we'd get.

3 days into a rather boring exercise and it was my turn to cook.

Preparation Time: 5 mins.
Cooking Time: 10 mins.
Eating Time: about 90 seconds.


Pasta - any sort will do.
1 x tin of frankfurter sausages
2 x onions
1 x clove of garlic
1 x can Heinz tomato soup
Dried Mixed Herbs
Dried Chilli Flakes

  1. Boil some water and put your pasta on to cook.
  2. Slice your sausage, onion and garlic. Fry.
  3. Once your pasta is cooked, chuck the contents of your frying pan in with the pasta.
  4. Add tomato soup and season with your herbs and chilli flakes.
  5. Warm through.
Sat in the back of a Warrior with the rain beating down outside this tastes fantastic. I swear Jamie Oliver needs to watch out.


Blogger Katy Newton said...

Ooh. I have all of those ingredients at home RIGHT NOW.

If only my selfish family wasn't insisting on roast turkey breast.

7:16 pm  
Blogger Universal Soldier said...

Katy - ah well there's always tomorrow.

10:05 pm  
Blogger Foilwoman said...

I won't say what I'm thinking about British cooking. I really won't.

10:10 pm  
Anonymous Hugh said...

i remember being on exercise and what in normal circumstances would look and taste revolting suddenly took on haute cuisine type standards, filled you up and did wonders for morale

11:39 pm  
Blogger Foilwoman said...

No sauce so fine as hunger, I guess.

3:27 am  
Anonymous jamie said...

How is it that army food's more complicated than my dinners? *Tries to remember what non-prechopped-and-bottled onions and garlic look like*

God, student (or rather, my) cooking is depressing.

3:41 am  
Anonymous Pete said...

I remember (many) years ago, when compo was issued i.e. tins of ready cooked food had to be reheated.
We usually managed to find at endex, that we had all sorts of things left over.
Aha! Time for all-in-stew.
Just what it says, tins of M&V (meat and veg), oatmeal blocks, cheese, hardtack, whatever we had left, chuck it in a pan and heat.
Every time we did it, it tasted different, but every time we did it it was fantastic.

7:36 am  
Blogger Universal Soldier said...

Foilwoman - as Hugh says below things can take on a different slant when you've been eating rations for a while. British cuisine these days is actually really good and varied.

Hugh - spot on.

Jamie - don't you students just live on tofu or something like that?

7:36 am  
Blogger Universal Soldier said...

Pete - I've had a few good "all-in's" as well. And sometimes "All In Curry" which was the same with half a bottle of tabasco added for effect.

7:40 am  
Blogger fjl said...

is that you ? :-)

8:37 am  
Blogger Elle said...

Society has become too pretentious about food. A tomato doesn't do it anymore, it has to be an organic one, beans on toast is history, it has to be posh meat on ciabatta.

Food should fill you up and give you enjoyment. As your concoction ticked these boxes I would class it as a superb meal.

9:15 am  
Blogger savante said...

That dish needs a name!


10:20 am  
Blogger toastedeggbanjo said...

Once I took a pot of garlic powder which ruptured in the back of the truck, at one stage we thoguth it was a chemical attack.

I knew a WO2 who was obsessed with curry, took powder with him everywhere and any dish made by him was unedible as he only liked the strong stuff

2:07 pm  
Anonymous Mr Angry said...

You'd pay £50 for that in Jamie Olivers "15", and probably wait 30 minutes whilst the fat-tongued freak over-cooked it too.

2:11 pm  
Blogger Foilwoman said...

Univ. Soldier: I've actually had many nice meals in Britain, although I am still recovering from seeing someone actually order and eat creamed corn on a pizza (a rather strongly worded post about that in the early days of my blog). Aside from the sad abuse of pizza (obviously not taken seriously enough as a crime against nature), no actually complaints from me about British food.

5:04 pm  
Anonymous Z said...

One more for the student cookbook. :)

5:37 pm  
Blogger Universal Soldier said...

FJL - if only :)

Laura - at home I'm a bit of foodie but you are right - it all depends on the occasion.

Savante - Pasta al Frankfurter?

Eggbanjo - I've suffered from someone who liked far more tabasco than is healthy.

Foilwoman - I'd definitely agree with you on the corn thing.

Z - maybe I should turn my blog recipes into a book and win a prize with lots of money - oh on second thoughts someone just did that didn't they?

6:24 pm  
Blogger PI said...

Chilli always spices things up.

11:20 pm  

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