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dietstartsmonday Tue 16-Apr-13 13:52:49

Hi all,

I am camping for 5 nights at the end of the month and wondered what you all eat when camping.

We will BBQ at least 2 days, but i don't want to eat that 5 days in a row.

So inspre me please!

dietstartsmonday Fri 19-Apr-13 19:53:55

See this is why i love mumsnet, may have to camp for longer to fit in all these ideas!!! grin

MrsWembley Fri 19-Apr-13 19:31:24

Shamelessly marking place, as we tend to live on BBQ when we're tented, apart from, as someone ^^ said, chilli or some such made at home for the first night.

We also have to factor in fish and chips somewhere along the line, but some of these ideas are great.

I remember camp cooking pre DCs. It consisted of tins of 'meat' and tins of 'sauce' with tins of 'potatoes' or things like Vesta curries. Those were the days!grin

CitrusyOne Fri 19-Apr-13 19:25:48

Tinned curry is a MUST when camping.

Blending Fri 19-Apr-13 19:20:20

YY to taking a frozen meal like spag bol, chilli or curry in the freezer box (You can leave out some of the freezer blocks to make room. as it will keep other stuff nice and cold) It will be fine for a about 48 hours.

We like to make up chicken noodle soup from a dried packet and slice smoked ready cooked sausage in at the end. Its a great lunch really tasty and it doesnt need to be kept cool (Even though though those type of sausage are normally in the fridge section...Mmmmmatersons dont actually need to be there if you read the packet.)

For a large group it can be worth firing up the bbq just to cook the meat, so something simple like pork chops (topped with some crumbly feta at the last minute) and served with a naice salad, crusty bread and a glass of wine can feel like a feast. It doesnt have to be a full on BBQ.

We like to peel the skin back on bananas slightly and put in slices of mars bar and put them on the fire BBQ- absolutely scrummy.

We tend to stick to cereals mostly for breakfast, unless its a sunday and then we have pancakes!

Tuna Pasta is always a winner and again no need for a fridge.

Lots of sandwiches/wraps at lunch time and as everyone says the obligatory chippy tea!

Quenelle Thu 18-Apr-13 13:13:26

MrQuenelle's Breakfast Mess: basically a cooked breakfast all done in one frying pan, with the eggs cooked in the middle for last five minutes. Saves on washing up.

We take frozen chilli or bolognese for second night but they're also easy to make from scratch on two rings if we're away for a couple of weeks.

Omelette and salad and takeaway chips/frites if available.

Merguez (French spicy sausages) and salad/frites.


We've never been into BBQs but I have a camping cookbook with lots of new ideas I want to try so might take a small cheap one with us this year. Will give us a chance to try smores as well.

Blu Thu 18-Apr-13 12:43:56

The Look What We Found pouches of things like stew, chilli etc are very good. Not esp cheap, but tasty and good quality, and often on sp offer in Sainsbury's, Wairose etc. They have long sell by dates so I buy them when on sp offer and save for the camping season.

yawningmonster Thu 18-Apr-13 09:20:52

Ok we are camp old timers and we still learn every time we go.
I usually do a bolognaise/chilli with nachos or bake pototoes first nite (vege btw), I do a veg soup which I freeze and then use to keep all cold food cold until we get where we going (this will defrost in time for nite 2), I also usually have a precooked picnic slice thing with pastry, egg and vege which we have nite 3 (only do this if going somewhere with cold river or refridgeration...if cold river we tie the chilli bin to a branch and keep in river (it is completely submergeable and will keep food cold well in the river). Other food we do is baked spuds either in a kitchen or in a fire, these can be served with chili/bolognaise and also often take extra spuds and canned beans/corn etc for another night. Will usually take eggs which travel quite well if packed well into a container lined with a teatowel, can make scramble, boil, poach etc which will cater just about any meal. Let me think further....

dietstartsmonday Wed 17-Apr-13 23:33:31

Oh they sound fab!
My oldest probably knows, he's a scout. I shall ask him tomorrow!!

I can see camping may not be slimming grin

Maryz Wed 17-Apr-13 23:30:52

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dietstartsmonday Wed 17-Apr-13 23:28:09

Maryz what are smores???

Maryz Wed 17-Apr-13 23:13:13

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ScariestFairyByFar Wed 17-Apr-13 22:57:19

I take frozen stuff out the freezer spag Bol sauce, veggie chilli you can usually keep it frozen for a couple of days in a cool bag

dietstartsmonday Wed 17-Apr-13 22:52:32

Crisps would love the lamb recipe please

dietstartsmonday Wed 17-Apr-13 22:51:10

You ladies are fab! Thank you am feeling much better about it now.

I just went blank looking at the two rings and nothing else!

We won't starve now wink

3rdnparty Wed 17-Apr-13 22:37:49

We often have sausage baguette+coleslaw bag of salad type thing first night I cook them at some stage in the day or night before and stick in fridge...then have the frozen spaghetti Bol /chilli/stew the next night should be fine in an ok cool box we often get 3 nights done that way...

Also lots of cake as well as flapjacks/brownies helps with meal planning and wine more wine and more wine...

Pasta pesto another fave esp for large group can either serve with salad or just chuck spinach/veg in with the pasta as it cooks..

Bags pre cooked rice/noodles handy if not foolproof way for cooking rice is boil 2 cups water add to 1 cup rice for 4 people boil for 7 mins then take off heat make sure lid on and the rice steam cooks the 2 rings free for stir fry/heating up stuff...

BlackandGold Wed 17-Apr-13 22:18:41

Don't forget to put bananas on the bbq at the end. Once ready you can split them and add lashings of Cointreau or other duty free booze.

hillbilly Wed 17-Apr-13 22:14:07

Most things you cook at home can be replicated in some way or another. We do fish stew, veg broth with sausages, thai curry, baked potatoes and bbq of course. I always take the ingredients for dampers and we cook them on sticks over the fire for breakfast.

badguider Wed 17-Apr-13 17:17:09

We always do mushroom risotto - we put the stock cube in with the rice and just make it up with water... sometimes (when bikepacking) we even put pre-chopped onion and dried mushrooms in with the rice/stockcube so it's literally just pour the bag into a pot and slowly make up with water.

Ffuntimewincies Wed 17-Apr-13 17:09:07

If you do pudding too, it's amazing what can be improved with a can of squirty cream grin.

Angel Delight, fruit salald, banana splits, ginger cake...

gillywillywoo Wed 17-Apr-13 12:32:01

We used to go camping every year...

Tinned potatoes
Tinned veg
Tinned hot dog sausages
Smash grin
Pasta and pasta sauces
Cous cous

Basically anything you can boil/add water to smile

crispsarenotoneofyour5aday Wed 17-Apr-13 12:25:56

Just looked back to our menu Scout Camp last summer - our 11-12 year old boys and girls all managed to serve edible food using two gas rings so you should find it a doddle!

We had:
Sweet and Sour Chicken and Noodles
Sloppy Joes and Salad
Pork chops, mash and vegetables
Chilli con carne and rice
Lamb Tagine and couscous
Spaghetti bolognese
Chicken curry and rice

Oooh - and of course the mandatory Chippy Tea smile

I still have all the recipes we gave each patrol so feel free to pm me if you would like them!

MsPickle Wed 17-Apr-13 12:17:35

If you're going luxury pitches with an electric pickup then add a Remoska to your kit. I use ours all the time at home, saves loads on electric as we don't use the oven as much and when camping it was brilliant as you can have jacket spuds etc. I'm GF so fresh bread is a challenge, it made such a difference to my holiday being able to warm it up!

And don't forget about pancakes, great camping food.

stargirl1701 Wed 17-Apr-13 12:00:31

The Cool Camping Cookbook is brilliant!

Ffuntimewincies Wed 17-Apr-13 11:58:17

Ooh and have you factored in a chippy tea? There's mutiny if we don't include one!

dietstartsmonday Wed 17-Apr-13 11:56:16

hot dogs and soup, fab ideas, why did i not think of them! think i am overwhelmed by the idea at the moment.

Am devising a meal plan so will add those.


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