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Here are some favourite recipes of my Unit.
We're lazy with this one - we usually buy the ready-made pancake mixes and add water. One bottle makes sufficient pancakes for a patrol. One of our Patrol Leaders surprised me recently when she did an internet search for pancake recipes, and did breakfast from scratch at camp!
Toasted cheese sandwiches
NB Don't use ordinary sausages in this recipe - the meat must be cooked before it's put in the milk carton, which is why we use frankfurts.
Alternatively, cook the frankfurts in a large dixie on the fire. When they are ready, organise a chow line where everyone lines up, takes an already-prepared hot dog bun, and proceeds to the server who will take out of the dixie a frankfurt and place it on the hot dog roll. Have the tomato sauce at the end of the line.
We do this for the last lunch at camp - it saves on washing up in the (usually) frantic activity of striking camp, because you only have to wash the dixie, not plates.
1. Heat water to required temperature for the drink.
2. Line up your campers, each with her own mug.
3. Organise three serving people.
4. Each camper receives in her mug hot water (server 1), condensed milk (server 2) and Milo (server 3) to taste.
Also saves having to wash up a milk-covered dixie!
Note: The name comes from the first initials of the traditional ingredients - but don't let that stop you leaving out things you don't like and using the "I" for imagination to add in things you do like. Some of the other extras we add are dried apricots, dried apples, banana chips, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds. Make sure you keep a balance of chocolate, nuts and dried fruit in it though - too many sweets and it's a lolly mix, not a scroggin.
Origin of this recipe: It's a New Zealand tramping tradition.
How to serve
There are two ways of serving scroggin - the healthy way, and the not so hygienic way. We use these methods so that people don't pick out their favourites before everyone gets a chance.
Serving Method 1
Using a small cup, scoop out each serving and put them into individual ziplock bags. Each person gets one bag - LABEL IT!
Serving Method 1a
Same method, but put enough into the ziplock bags for each patrol.
Serving Method 2
Tell people NO PICKING! Put the scroggin into a large dixie or bowl. Tell the people to close their eyes and grab. Whatever they get, they eat.
The ingredients were found at http://www.azmetro.com/nzrecipe.html#scroggin
Hints from our experience
Scroggin is NOT a collection of sweets! When buying ingredients for scroggin, don't buy a kilo of sultanas! 200 g is plenty!
Usually I put scroggin ingredients on the camp kitlist, and assign each camper to bring a particular ingredient (hence the comment above about quantities).
When a Guide with a severe nut allergy joined my Unit, I had a choice: to stop having scroggin at camp, or to adapt it to suit the girl with the allergy. I chose not to penalise the girl for something she has no control over, so I invented SCROGGIC.
Scroggic is the same as Scroggin, but with no nuts in it.
Warning: It is very difficult these days to find this type of snack that has not been manufactured on machinery that processes nut products, or that has traces of nuts. Check with the girl's family if in doubt!
You could substitute Nutrigrain for the nuts, but that would still make it Scroggin, and I wanted my allergic girl to know that the snack was safe for her to eat, and therefore chose cheezels instead, which makes it sufficiently differently named.
Method of mixing and serving as for Scroggin.
Cut each pita in half (that is, split it open, not cut it into a half circle).
Spread the tomato sauce inside.
Add cheese, ham, and other toppings.
Wrap in foil and place in coals.
Cook for one or two minutes, flip, and cook another minute or two.
If everyone makes the same, it's not a problem if you pick up someone else's. If different people make different pizzas, either note where you put yours in the coals, or make a special fold in the foil, or use some other marker.