Alpine Panorama

Some Danish friends and I came up with this recipe during our “working holiday” stint in New Zealand. After long days of hiking and climbing and tomfoolery, this was as gourmet as we could get for ~ $6: beef and mushrooms over rice. Simple, cheap, and far from glamorous, but warm and hearty, and the sauce flavoring is surprisingly complex with only 3 ingredients.


Alpine Panorama
(2 servings)

1/2 cup rice
1/2 lb ground beef
1/2 lb mushrooms, sliced
soy sauce
1 tb mild yellow curry powder
2 tb sweet thai chili sauce


1. Cook rice separately with 1 cup water

2. In a skillet over medium heat, brown the beef, adding a little oil if dry.

3. Toss in the mushrooms, then a few shakes of soy sauce (~4tb). Cook until mushrooms are golden and tender.

4. Stir in curry powder and sweet thai chili sauce until well blended. Add the cooked rice to the skillet. Dish it into camping bowls, & prepare to fend off hungry kias clamboring for scraps.


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