So you’re going on a camping trip with the family; fresh air, simple living and adventures await. Braving the good old outdoors for a week is exhilarating, if a little daunting. All that separates you from nature is the material of your tent and your sleeping bag. Not to mention the obstacles you’ll have to come across should you need the toilet in the middle of the night. But that’s another story…
One thing you don’t have to worry about is the cooking. We’ve compiled a list of the best recipes for campfire cooking, so you can do everything the traditional way, without wondering where your next meal’s going to come from. Just make sure you remember to pack some food!
What you’ll need: coal, frying pan, wooden spoon, cooking oil, skewers, paper plates, and cutlery
The simplest way to cook pancakes outdoors is to buy a bottle of ready-made mix, add water and give it a good shake. Hey presto, pancake batter! Make sure the oil is hot in the pan and then pour a little bit of the mixture in, swirl around and cook on each side for about 2 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with sugar and lemon juice, or fresh fruit of your choice for a delicious, yet easy-to-make breakfast.
Bacon and Eggs
The good old traditional breakfast! Heat a small amount of oil in the frying pan, add your bacon and cook on both sides until almost done. About 4 minutes from the end, crack the eggs into the frying pan and cook until the white is set. Serve with ketchup or brown sauce.
This Mexican recipe uses tortilla wraps, peppers, onions, cheese
Start by lightly frying a tortilla wrap. Flip it over a few times and then add the peppers, onion and cheese. Cook for about a minute, or until the cheese goes lovely and gooey. Then flip half of the tortilla over to form a semi-circle. Keep flipping the tortilla for about 2 minutes and remove from the heat. Cut into triangles and serve with soured cream, salsa and guacamole for authentic Mexican taste.
Baked potatoes are yummy, filling, and quite possibly the easiest meal ever. Wash the potatoes and prick with a fork. Push a bit of salt into their skins (this will help to crisp up the skins whilst the inside stays fluffy). Wrap each potato in tin foil and put on the hot coal for 45 – 60 minutes. Serve with your favourite topping. Our personal favourite is tuna and cheese, but soured cream or baked beans also work well.
These can be as fully loaded as you like! Heat some oil in the frying pan, add the burgers and cook on both sides until brown; season with salt and pepper. Cheese-lovers can add a slice of cheese to the top of the burger for the last minute of cooking. Transfer your burger to a bun and add tomatoes, gherkins, lettuce, mayo, ketchup, burger sauce, barbecue sauce (you don’t have to use every type of sauce) and attempt to get your chops around it without the sauce dribbling down your chin.
Another popular one with the kids! Heat some oil in a frying pan, add the sausages and some onions and cook on all sides until brown. Transfer to a finger roll and top with the onions. Add mustard, ketchup or brown sauce (whichever takes your fancy) and voila.
Not everyone likes to eat meat, so here’s a tasty and filling recipe for vegetarians. Once the oil is hot in the pan, add onions and lightly fry until golden. Add peppers, courgettes, broccoli, tomatoes, kidney beans and mushrooms and stir well. Pour a tin of chopped tomatoes into the pan, and season with chilli powder, crushed chillies, salt, pepper and a pinch of sugar. Turn down the heat and simmer for about 30 minutes. Serve with soured cream and a hunk of crusty bread.
You will need an open fire for this one. Place a marshmallow (or 3) on the end of a skewer and hold over the flame, twisting gradually until it starts to crisp up and the skin splits. Either eat straightaway (you might need to blow on it first, they can get hot), or place between two digestive biscuits and make a marshmallow sandwich.
All of the above recipes are very simple to make. If you’re taking children with you, they will really enjoy helping you to cook, so get them involved too. Remember, a fed camper is a happy camper.
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