We go on Sunday (with friends). Am completely disorganised this year and the way things are am likely to forget the tent! I need help planning some food to take - car will be pretty full (unless we do forget the tent in which case we'll have loads of room for food!) so i need some basics to get us going. There is a coop fairly close to campsite (10 min drive) and a shop onsite but from last year, it tends to sell bacon/sausages and not much else (apart from sweets).
List so far (top 2 are essentials!): Wine Beer squash pancake mix (already have bottle shaker so will go for packets) baked beans bread for first breakfast cereal savoury rice oil salt/pepper ketchup brown sauce (apparently an essential according to hubbie)
salt/pepper/mixed herbs/marmite/peanut butter/jam/marg or butter/small bottle olive oil/mayo/tom sauce/tea/coffee/long life milk/something for first night tea (I'm taking chicken fillets which will thaw on the road, tarragon, carton cream, bag salad and pasta) (but often resort to pasta and jar tom based sauce with tuna in it/something for first breakfast/chocolate for first night and something to appease kids while tent being erected??
yes it is truly delicious easy to cook and takes about 10 mins tops esp if you use tagiatelle. Nicked it off a friend. Fry chicken, add tarragon once sealed. cook until cooked iyswim and then at the end add cream to warm through. can add garlic but we love it very simple. All kids love it and request it. Use as much tarragon as you like - i buy glass jars and reckon one lasts three of these dinners.
i also have started to take a meal ready cooked but frozen that thaws for the next night too. (could just be meatballs or home made burgers) we are on a tight budget and that gets us through until we are settled and sorted out then we have a treat fish n chips on night 3.
Here are some of my favourites, we have camping meals at our allotment frequently so store stuff down there that will last and also as not having a car, we need to go lightweight.
Tesco wild mushroom risotto - dried packet stuff, add extra vege if required
Instant pasta in cheese sauce, either the ones you just add boiling water to in a mug or the one you add milk to and boil, again add extra vege
Vegetarian sausage mix, perhaps nothing like the meaty sausages you're used to so maybe best thought of as vegetarian patties rather than sausages. Just add water then shape, I find flatten balls the easiest ones to do.
Flavoured couscous mix, again add some veg or even feta cheese
Tuna in sachets with sauce, great for accompanying the risotto, or couscous.
I forgot to put boil in the bag curries on there, the Asian ones like Palak Paneer, Dahl Makhani, Channa Massala, you find them in the World Foods section of large supermarkets, rice to have with them or long life chapattis.