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It's great to be back.
My name is Matilda...
-..but people call me Tilly.
I'm crazy about cooking...
..mad to mess about...
..and I've got the most embarrassing family EVER.
-Is it true you have a boyfriend?
You're so annoying!
Dad's the chef.
Matilda, where's my frying pan, please?
But I've taken over the kitchen in this house.
-What are you doing?
-I'm looking for my frying pan. Tilly!
Tilly rules, OK?
-I found it. No, no, serious...
-No, I found it! I dug it up.
I'm in sunny LA...
..doing what makes me happy -
cooking like mad and writing my food blog.
We're hitting the road to find out what it's like to be
real-life cowgirls and cowboys.
MUSIC: Rawhide by Frankie Laine
# Rollin', rollin', rollin' Rollin', rollin', rollin'... #
-Guys, do you want some bandannas?
-Oh, yes, please.
-Aw, yes, thank you.
We're in the actual Wild West, where the cowboys lived
and the Gold Rush happened. It's amazing!
And one of the things I've always wanted to do
is cook like a cowboy on a real campfire.
But the big question is...
Watch out for the rattlesnakes.
# Rawhide! #
Let's go. Cowboys and cowgirls, let's go.
I see horses.
We're going to be rounding up scary bulls
at a real ranch in the middle of the desert.
'Big sis, Megan...' Love you, Meg.
'..is off to build a campfire for me to cook up a cowboy feast.
'Sizzling shovel steaks
'and delicious vegetable ratatouille,
'all cooked cowboy-style.'
First, we're coming face-to-face with the bulls.
We're going to have to round them up.
They're very placid right now but, er, no,
I mean, they're serious machines.
-Time to saddle up!
Apparently, she's really fast.
So, what's the difference between English and Western riding?
The saddle's completely different.
'The saddles here have lower stirrups to make riding more comfy.'
And your reins - you always keep them nice and loose.
'Normally, when I ride, I wear a hat for protection
'but here they're very traditional -
'it's cowboy hats and bandannas...'
..Wild West style.
Right, let's learn to ride like cowboys.
Turn him around by going straight across on his neck.
So, when you're walking, you put your toes up
and heel go down and go, "Whoa!"
And release right away.
-Because if you don't release, then he starts backing up like this.
And then thank him.
Always thank your horse and take good care of it
and he will take good care of you, too.
'I'm ready to wrangle those bulls.'
It's so fun.
If you can stick them together.
Megan's roped in a couple of ranch hands to help build the campfire.
Look, it's my first fire! I'm so happy.
Her new cowgirl friend even goes to school in the desert.
-We actually get to ride horses to school this year.
-Could you imagine pulling up to school on a horse?
Here we go. They're only small bulls but they look really scary.
Our job is to round them up and get them into the pen.
-Oh, here we go. Our aim is to use...
..all of our horses
to get those bulls inside the pen.
-Yes. Remember, you have to be louder, though.
You have to yell at them.
-I'm not very good at yelling.
Yeah, right, Dad!
Oh, my gracious!
Ah! They're heading right for us.
-Go, Dad. Hey! Hey-hey!
Stay back. Stop, stop, stop!
Come on, let's go, Jack.
Whoa, whoa, whoa.
Tilly is doing awesome because that horse likes to go
and she's really riding like a cowgirl.
No, no, no, no, no!
Good job, guys.
Now, I'm making a feast fit for hungry cowboys.
Wow, Meg's done a great job on the fire.
Now it's time to marinate the steaks.
I call this next dish "shovel steaks"
because you cook them on actual shovels.
But I've never done it before
so I'm crossing my fingers and toes that it works -
otherwise, we're all going hungry.
I'm going to make a marinade for the steaks
and it's quite a simple marinade but it still tastes delicious.
'The easiest way to marinate is to ingredients in a plastic bag.'
I'm going to add in some Worcestershire sauce,
'soy sauce...mustard powder...'
I just added a pinch cos you don't want too much.
'..the juice of a whole lemon...'
By rolling it, it makes it easier for the juices to come out.
'..a good sprinkle of salt.'
And then a big giant pinch of pepper.
Ooh, not that big.
Now, I'm going to put in the steaks.
Zip that up.
'Give it a shake and leave for at least half an hour
'so the yummy flavours soak into the meat.'
To be a real cowboy, you need to be able to throw a lasso.
-There we go.
Holly's got it. Next, Jack.
Turn your wrist around.
Basically, if you were drawing a circle.
You're turning your wrist all the way around.
-Turn your wrist.
-Don't let us down.
Come on, Jack!
-All the gear and no idea.
-OK, well, off you go.
-Off you go!
Here comes Dad, desperate to beat Jack - as usual.
-Way! Jack, come on.
Ready, Jack? One...
BELL RINGS Jack beats Dad!
I can beat you at almost everything now.
It's just the cooking now.
When you do campfire cooking, it's best to keep things simple -
less to go wrong and simple food can be delicious.
This is campfire ratatouille.
You just start by chopping your favourite vegetables.
I've got my courgette - I've got a green and a yellow one.
I feel like a cowgirl already.
More Wild West action as Jack tries to beat Dad at axe throwing.
But remember - you REALLY can't try this at home
unless you're with a real cowboy.
First one in and gets the juicier steak.
-That's a warm-up, though, it doesn't count.
-Warm-up over, competition on.
Ooh! Dad and I are drawing.
This is the final axe - this is the decider.
-May the best person win.
He just needs to get one hit and then he's got the juicier steak.
Bad luck, Dad.
Well, beating Dad...again!
It just feels great, you know,
he's just really on the downhill as I'm on the rise.
'To the chopped onion, aubergine, peppers and tomatoes
'I'm adding garlic, parsley, thyme and basil.'
I'm just going to mix it through with my hands now
and I'm going to add in some olive oil.
And then some pepper.
So, once this is all mixed up,
I'm going to make some foil packages so I can put them all on the fire.
Ooh, I might need to wash my hand in a minute.
Ah! My tinfoil's blowing away.
'You need foil to wrap up the veg...and yourself.'
I'm wearing the new Armani.
OK, so, I'm going to put it in then start to wrap.
Quite nice and tight, and make sure it's covered at the top.
That is fire-ready.
So, I'm just going to get some pictures for my blog.
Check out my recipes and blog
at the CBBC website.
Tilly! How you doing?
So, we've got two spades.
-Spades? What, to dig a hole?
If, Jack, you carry the steaks, please.
-Wait, hold on...we're going to grill the steaks on these?
Aren't they dirty?
No, cos we're going to put them on the heat now to sterilise, so...
-Oh, that's a good idea.
-Shall we go do that?
-Well, let's go, then.
-Let's go, let's go, let's go.
-On there, yeah?
'I'm letting Dad take over for once because that fire is mighty hot.'
Tilly, if this works, it'll be a great idea.
Right, let's put them in.
Cos we'll stick them round the outside of the fire.
What's in the tinfoil?
It's a ratatouille, so it's got loads of vegetables in.
'Let the packages cook for about ten minutes.'
-Here we go, guys.
-Hold that, please.
'Time to find out if you CAN cook great food without pots and pans.'
Make sure it doesn't fall, Dad.
Sometimes it IS great to have dad around.
-Your dad's a genius.
-Your dad's a genius!
-I came up with this.
How would you like your steak temperature? Medium rare?
-Medium rare, please.
-Well...I mean, seriously!
'Dad's loving it.'
Look at the sear on that.
'If you're thinking of cooking steaks on spades in a fire,
'your grown-ups would like to know about it.
'Or maybe just use a frying pan.'
And then we're going to flip them. Oh.
-Erm, I think the spade's burning.
-'Call the fire brigade!'
So, maybe next time we should soak the wood on the spades.
'The steaks are perfect.'
'And the ratatouille's ready, too.'
Right, ready for the moment we've all been waiting for -
to carve these babies. Let's go.
-Look at them!
-Can I please carry them?
-Oh, no, but can I slice them?
-They're my... No!
-Daddy, let go.
-It was my idea.
'Dad and I just love food so much we're always arguing about it.'
-I'll sharpen the knife for you.
-Put the knife down.
They look incredible. I mean, seriously.
-Can you just go sit at the table?
-Dad, sit now.
-Jack, can you take him please?
-Dad, sit down.
Cos you're stronger.
Look at those. Let's go.
-Oh, no, you don't serve yourself first.
Medium rare. Look!
Tills, these vegetables are amazing.
I love these.
-Good job, Tilly.
-Good job, Tilly!
Mmm-mmm-mmm. The steak is good.
Campfire cooking rules, OK?
The vegetables are delicious.
I can't believe that you cooked them like that.
Cooking out back - there's something quite nice about eating food
-in a desert.
-Please don't make me sleep out here.
-There's too many snakes and spiders.
-I'd love to camp out here.
-Come on, then we are proper cowboys.
The Gold Rush happened right here in 1848,
so we are going to try and detect ourselves some extra pocket money.
So, you come across something metal...
-METAL DETECTOR BEEPS
-That's what you want to listen for.
-OK, Jack and I will use this one. Let's go this way.
-OK, let's go.
Snake hole. Ooh!
And sometimes go under the bush, as well, darling, you know.
Possibly, over here used to be like river beds.
Dad, I think there's nothing, I think you're crazy.
-METAL DETECTOR BUZZES
-Do you hear that?
Wow, Dad's found something!
-Can you hear it?
-We found something.
Seriously, here, don't stand on top.
I told you.
-I can't believe it.
-Mum, quick! Quick!
-I found it. No, no, serious...
-No, I found it!
-I dug it up.
-Are you guys serious?
I bought these last night in the joke shop.
'He tricked us - it's fake!'
'Dad's such a joker,
'but after cooking, I always love having
'a serious foodie chat with him.'
-So, that was fun.
Seriously. The spade invention - great idea.
'I was excited flipping those ribeyes.'
And seeing the colour on them -
I mean, that's the kind of marking you get on a good grill.
-It was definitely delicious.
-Really good, indeed.
I didn't think that that little bundle of ratatouille
in the tinfoil would work. Delicious.
-Did you enjoy the horse riding?
-That was so fun.
Can you see yourself horse riding one day, you know,
with a friend, maybe, into the valley?
No, but it's the kind of thing that your mum and I did
when we started dating.
-Great. Good chat.
-No, it was just a nice thing,
it was just a nice, romantic thing to do.
See you, Dad! And see you, Wild West.
Guys, time to mosey on into bed.
Ride 'em, cowboy!