I love to experiment on various ways of cooking different recipes. When camping we cook on the open fire with a camp oven or wrap potatoes in wet newspaper or alfoil and throw into the ashes. Then when potatoes are cooked we unwrap and cut a slit in side and spread with pepper and butter. They are delicious.

Today I looked at my wood heater and thought why not cook a steamed pudding? So I added more wood and put the saucepan on with about an inch of water and brought it to the boil. Once it boiled I knew I would have enough heat. So here is how I cooked my steamed pudding:

Steamed Pudding

Ingredients

1-1/2 cups flour

½ cup sugar

½ cup butter or margarine

2 tblsp Jam of your choice

½ cup milk

1 tsp bi-carb soda

Directions

Grease a pudding basin

Sift flour and rub in butter until it resembles bread crumbs

Add sugar and stir in the jam

Dissolve bi-carb soda in the milk and add to mixture.

Mix well and pour into greased basin

Cover with grease proof paper or lid

(I put a bit of butter on paper so it stuck to basin then added a saucepan lid as didn't have proper steamed pudding basin) Or you can use a white cloth and tie around lip of basin.

Place in pot in about an inch of water and steam for an hour and a half to two hours

Serve with ice cream or custard or your special sauce.

I realized at the last minute that I didn't have any jam and then found some Mulberry jam in back of cupboard that an aunty had made me, which saved the day. Although I could have used some golden syrup I suppose.

In conclusion, I would like to suggest that everyone experiment and challenge themselves not only to find new recipes but new ways of cooking them.

Now with the new carbon tax that our government has put on the people in Oz, we have to look at more ways of doing things so much cheaper. I can also cook stews, soup and boil the kettle for a nice cuppa coffee as well. While looking for something else to cook or write about on Info Barrel.