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Good camping food - only got a single ring stove!

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Jjou Tue 16-Aug-11 11:35:33

Does anyone have any good ideas for camping food? I'm drawing a complete blank at the moment. Only just persuaded DH to give camping a try with our little ones - I used to camp all the time when I was younger, but my mum was a domestic goddess, and I'm, er, not, and therefore don't have all the fancy bits required to whip up a tasty, healthy, balanced dinner for 4. So failing that, any ideas for tasty and easy grub?

Lilyloo Tue 16-Aug-11 11:45:24

I would try and take 2 ring stoves and some portable throw away barbecues if you can , much more choice.
We went to a festival this weekend and with 2 stoves we made , sausages and beans , soup , ham and eggs , bacon sarnies , stuffed mushrooms with cream cheese , packets of pasta and sauce.

Lilyloo Tue 16-Aug-11 11:46:40

If you can take a throw away barbecue and 2 stoves we often have meat , pots and veg when camping. Or if you go elec i take my slow cooker and can make stews , casseroles , ribs etc

Jumbs Tue 16-Aug-11 13:07:03

Agree 2 stove opens up the options a bit. We only have 1 ring normal stove and so use our old lightweight camping stove when an extra one is needed. Then you can do pasta in one pan and a sauce in the other.

Otherwise: pasta with pesto (cook pasta, drain, then stir through a jar). Instant mash (can make in a bowl once you've boiled water, whilst heating beans/sausages on stove), ainsley harriots packet risotto was surprisingly good but would need 2 packets for 4.
We are taking homemade curry, frozen, this weekend so just reheat in the pan. We always use the ready cooked microwave rice, it only takes 2 mins to heat in the pan with a splash of water but you need to keep stirring to avoid sticking. So, heat the curry and then do the rice and will be fine with one stove as the rice is so quick to cook. My kids are happy with those pasta n sauce packets when camping if I'm honest.
Everything tastes better for being in the outdoors I reckon so don't worry too much about being a domestic goddess. If you are near a reasonable sized place you can always get fish n chips to take away as a treat, we have even got takeaways before now to take back to eat at the tent.

Jjou Tue 16-Aug-11 15:34:28

Some good ideas, thanks. Have been up in my Mum's loft, and dug out my old hiking stove, so now we have 2. I'm a bit concerned about disposable bbqs as DS is only 15 months, at least with the stoves I can have them on a suitable table, so will stick to them for now.
Ok, shopping list time, thanks everyone smile

YellowDinosaur Tue 16-Aug-11 17:20:23

Easy non domestic goddess stuff:

Chicken and mushrooms - fry onions +/- leeks for a few mins in a little butter / olive oil then add chopped chicken breast and brown chicken. Add mushrooms for a few mins then a tin of batchelors condensed soup and some tarragon. Tastes fab with pasta / couscous / rice or jacket potatoes cooked in campfire.

Sausage casserole - fry onions and garlic for a few mins, add chopped sausages and cook till brown. Can add peppers +/- mushroms if you likeat this point and cook for a couple of mins. Add tin of tomatoes, tomato puree, kidney beans +/- red wine if you wouldn't rather drink it +/- cilli flakes / herbs. Again good with pasta / couscous / rice / jacket potatoes cooked in campfire.

There was another thread recently with good camping recipes too - probably 2 or 3 pages back

YellowDinosaur Tue 16-Aug-11 17:22:12

And of course chicken fajitas with whatever veg and as spicy (or not) as you like can be done in a wok / other big pan on one ring - just add wraps! Boys loved this on our recent holiday. Or stir fry chicken / prawns / whatever and veg with noodles. All good!

Funtimewincies Tue 16-Aug-11 20:25:40

Thai curry and noodles...

Fry curry paste with/without onions.
Add meat and brown a little.
Add tin of coconut milk and simmer until cooked.

(If using fish or prawns, simmer milk for about 10 mins to reduce slightly and add fish/prawns and contimue to simmer until cooked).

Add noodles and serve when ready.

YellowDinosaur Tue 16-Aug-11 21:25:43

If anyone has the wagamama book a lot of them could be made in one pot. Need to do a bit of prep making the sauces before you go so not necessarily ideal for camping but depends on how organised you are happy to be before hand

2gorgeousboys Tue 16-Aug-11 22:07:22

I usually make a stew for the first night with veg and baby new potatoes in it. This warms up on one ring and we have it with crusty bread.

victoriasmith Wed 17-Aug-11 20:53:34

The Good Food:101 one pot dishes book is a bible when it comes to camping cooking

Tommy Wed 17-Aug-11 20:59:50

I just bought "the Camping Cookbook" by Annie Bell which is a bit ambitious for my very fussy family but she had some good tips about meal ideas - making up spice mixes in tupperware boxes before you go etc. It's an interesting read.
Thanks for tip on the Good Food book victoriasmith - they're excellent books anyway so might have a look at that myself!

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