Bush Tucker Recipes

February 26, 2009 by  
Filed under Smokos' Snacks and Hangovers

After eating a hearty camp oven meal, we’ve watched many a campfire burn down to embers as we tossed verses to and fro under a blanket of outback stars. It was around one of these campfires that it was decided to put together a collection of bush tucker recipes that could be used by campers throughout Australia and assist them to step into the world of a couple of modern day Bushmen, Bush Poets from the Back of Bourke.

The bush tucker recipes can be cooked with basic tucker box ingredients to a standard that may have other wise been a bit ordinary. After your meal, you can turn the page and recite some original Bush Poetry and in so doing live out a lifestyle that has been idealised throughout history as being “Truly Australian”.

The recipes have been written to be “yarns” in their own right, making the book readable even from the comfort of the lounge chair at home. The most important ingredient is typically Australian. It’s a “no worries” approach to food and cooking. If you haven’t got the exact ingredients, substitute. If you haven’t got a substitute, use the exact ingredients. With any luck, you are enjoying a few beers or a nice Australian red anyway, so it probably won’t make that much difference. The idea is to make the recipes your own.

So whether you are camping somewhere in the bush or at home, dreaming that you are, read on and enjoy.


Yab Babs

February 2, 2009 by  
Filed under Smokos' Snacks and Hangovers, Yab Babs

The trouble with these things is, to make them, you have to prepare a heap of yabbies that are already peeled. So for every one you put on a skewer, you eat about ten. Yabbies are like peanuts and beer, one is too many and fifty is not enough.

What you need

  • Cooked yabby tails
  • A couple of “Sweet Chilies” (They are the really long thick ones, 
    Capsicum will do but it is not as good)
  • A couple of onions sliced length ways
  • Bacon
  • Fencing wire cut ten inches long for the kebab sticks

What you do

Wrap each tail in bacon and thread onto wire with pieces of sweet chilli and onion in between every tail. Cook until bacon is crispy. Bewdiful!

Tricks & Tips

You can cook this on the barby or on the floor of your camp oven


I wonder what the poor people are eating.


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