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?
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.
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.
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
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
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!
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
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!