The Splitter Cooking Multi-Utensil Have a look at this handy gadget on kickstater looks a handy gadget. This popped up on my instagram feed the other day. I like the look of it as I have a deep belief that each item you carry has to be multifunctional.
Although I wouldn’t carry this whilst out on a multi day hike when using freeze dried food.
The Splitter Cooking Multi-Utensil would be handy if you where cooking fresh food over a fire as the spatula would be needed.
Although saying that you could just take the Spork to eat out of the freeze dried bags.
The Splitter Cooking Multi-Utensil
Full Windsor, an outdoor accessories brand out of Los Angeles, released The Muncher not long ago and with it gave us all the perfect tool for chowing down around the campfire. But how do you get your food to your plate so you can chow down by the campfire? The answer is The Splitter, the latest product from the company. Like The Muncher, The Splitter is a multi utensil. Unlike The Muncher, however, The Splitter offers you food prep tools, not food eating tools. It contains a spatula, spork, and, thanks to some ingenuity, a pair of tongs. Best of all, this thing is built for camping, meaning it’s lightweight, easy to pack, and super durable. You can back the project on Kickstarter and expect to receive The Splitter early next year.
Dutch oven recipe Pork & Porter Stew served with potato pancakes.
Finally had a day to myself so headed down to the marsh to do some open fire cooking using my Dutch Oven.
Since my Frontier Stove is being serviced it was time to do some open fire cooking. I had also a new video camera to try so thought i’d make a day by filming some cooking, review some new trouser I had delivered from Revolution Race, show how I look after my boots and make some more char cloth.
There was a draw back, I took all the footage but there was an issue whilst editing the footage as iMovie didn’t like the 4k 60FPS footage and it was flickering a lot. I had used my iPhone so had some footage left but only enough to show how I cooked the stew.
So this recipe is my own recipe loosely based on a Polish Dish.
2 x Pork steaks
1 x large potato
2 x carrots
1 x bottle of porter or stout
A little water
Chop the pork steaks into cubes, put back into bag and add 2 spoons of flour and shake the bag.
Cut onion and carrots
Place dutch oven onto coals and allow to heat (gentle heat).
Add meat and onions and allow to brown.
Once meat is brown add in the bottle of porter, paprika and carrots.
Stir regularly over allow heat for about 20 mins (add a little water if beer reduces too much.
Pancake: Open your bag of potato and onion and add 3 large spoons of plain flour, salt and pepper and a little water.
Hold top of bag and knead mix together (it should be the consistency of porridge).
Invert the Dutch Oven lid onto coals, add a little lard, allow to heat the squeeze out mixture and pat flat using spoon onto the lid of the oven.
Allow to cook for about 10 – 15 mins until golden brown turning often.
An off the hoof decision meant we where heading out for Breakfast in the forest using a Frontier Stove yesterday.
I had planned to head into the woods to do some foraging for fungi as it had been quite foggy and had been raining for two day anyway but when a friend contacted me we decided to head into the forest for a fry up.
Down to the Forest
When we arrived at the location I had realised I had my frontier stove in the back of the car so we decided to carry that down into the birch and use that to cook breakfast off.
As mentioned in a previous post I’ve had this stove made by Anevay for over 8 years and love cooking of it.
The only downfall is its heavy to carry along way but sharing the load we dragged it into the forest.
We ended up in a secluded area of birch and pine where we started to prepare for our breakfast.
Firstly my friend needed to hang his Basha to dry so he set this up and I showed him some methods I use to hang a tarp.
He realised the benefit of using a 3m x 3m tarp compared to a Basha.
I have 2 tarps both made by DD Hammocks a super light and a normal both 3m x 3m. I really like using a tarp as there is so many different configurations you can use depending on environment and weather.
Once setup and firewood collected I started a fire using birchbark, piece of flint and a steel striker.
It take a little while to get this stove up to heat but after 15 minutes it was hot enough to place the pans and the eagle kettle on to start cooking and heating water for a brew.
Using a skillet, frying pan and the camp kettle we cooked up breakfast and brewed some coffee.
We sat eating and chilling listening to the deer rutting in the marsh behinds us for the middle of october it was still really warm as we where both sitting in t-shirts.
I didn’t find many fungi just one lonely Bay Bolete but loads of Amantia Muscara around.
Slight downfall was the welds on the stoves door had finally given way but after eight years of use I’m not complaining.
On another note I have started uploading more weekly videos to my youtube channel so please take a look, comment, like and subscribe see what you think and let me know.
Show us your steak During the week I saw a post from a colleague which pretty much sums up Mens Mental Health. Men aren’t very good about speaking out about their problems and tend to keep it all within their heads. I see a lot of people at work whether colleagues or patients that struggle with dealing with mental health problems.
I wrote on a previous post how I believe that getting outdoors is a great way to deal with mental health problems. Mental health issues aren’t a physical injury although they can have physical signs and keeping these problems in a box will only make them worse.
As mentioned in the previous post so many people that suffer with mental health problems end up lethargic and staying within four walls (in a box).
So again the word box comes up problems are boxed up in our heads and we are boxed up within four walls.
Its time to open up the box.
For the last 3 and a half years I have worn them for every shift and they have seen everything I have seen and worse…
They’ve trod in vomit and urine, dog poo, horse poo, cow poo and human poo…
Trod in the blood of the dead, the dying and the seriously injured….
Protected me from the broken glass, oil and jagged metal of shattered vehicles…
They’ve been with me when I’ve saved lives and when I’ve had to let people go…sometimes for the greater good of others that needed saving…
Seen the very best of humanity, but they’ve also seen the very worst…
They’ve seen the moments of life-changing sadness of those left behind; wives & husbands, sons & daughters, mothers & fathers….some of them to children…
If my boots could talk, they could tell stories that would make your toes curl…
If they had a conscience, you would sometimes hear them cry at night trying to outrun the sadness they have seen…
Boots don’t talk…..but sometimes those who wear them should.
Following on from a post from a very entertaining youtuber that I follow (Haze Outdoors). He posted a video that was such a great idea to raise awareness that I jumped on the band wagon and created a video to show us your steak
In his video he is hoping to start a viral trend of men posting videos online of them cooking steak which will help raise awareness of Mens mental health.
So to all that read get making you videos post to youtube / instagram and tag with #showusyoursteak then tag three people to do the same.