It has been a wonderful, exhausting, fun filled and challenging in some ways, camping trip to the Picos de Europa. What a wonderful and breathtaking place!!!
I promised some camp goodies to share when I returned. Well, I managed to get some pictures before my camera ran out of charge and I didn't seem to have any more batteries and no way to charge the ones I had. However, I did get some snaps of our basic culinary camp food. We are tent campers and all our cooking is done on a two hob camp stove. Many improvisations are made along the way, but that is what makes it so fun! You can grate cheese with a garlic press and make apple crumble on a stove top!
I wouldn't really call all of these recipes and some of the food are staples that I make at home and are easy to make while camping. I am very disappointed not to have photos of the delicious Sea Bass we had as well as the Beef Tenderloin with Fried Potatoes. I will have to make those again and share them later on. I will write out recipes for what ever needs it below. Oh, and the Carrot Cake was clearly make at home before we left........ha!
Have a look and maybe you will be inspired to make something if you happen to venture out camping this summer!
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This is an absolute favourite of my kids. It pretty much always makes an appearance on camping trips as it is stove top and all in one pot! Get the Chicken & Mushroom Stroganoff for you next wilderness adventure.
Every single time we go on a camping trip, I bake one treat for the road. Many things are usually requested, but this Glazed Carrot Cake, was the success of this trip. It easily will last a few days in an airtight container while in your home away from home.
These pita pocket tuna sandwiches are so easy to make and make for great camping food. Not all this camp food has recipe links, as some of it is so easy and self explanatory. For these sandwiches, mix 3 cans of tuna with a chopped onion, vinegar, salt and pepper. Stir to combine. Shred a head of iceberg lettuce. Wrap your pitas in tin foil and place over the stove top on direct heat. Leave for a few minutes and then turn over. When warmed through, remove from heat, slice open and fill with tuna filling and lettuce. Ready for a quick bite!
All food tastes better when it is cooked and eaten outside. The first time I had payella, it was cooked by my husband on a tiny camp stove set on the ground in Tarifa, Spain. That was 16 years ago. Payella now, has become a camping tradition for our family.
S'mores, what else! I have to admit, I have been a bit late to the game when it comes to s'mores. An American friend introduced our family to them about 7 years ago. Although we can't buy Graham crackers or Hershey chocolate around here, we found many great substitutes. Try your favourite biscuits and chocolate to make a combination that you will love!
If you happen to be camping at a camp site that prohibits fires and barbecues, don't fret, you can still make smores. We always make them over a camp stove as fires and barbecues are not allowed in most parts of Spain.
Every time we camp,we wake up starving. So, we pretty much always cook breakfast to see us through what ever adventure day has in store. Scrambled eggs aren't fancy but they sure go well with sausages and toast. We make toast the stove top camping in a grill pan. It works!
When you are camping sometimes you just want something fresh and delicious. Most of the places we camp have nearby small shops where you can buy fresh fruit and vegetables. Always a great find, when you are on the road for weeks and don't have refrigeration storage. These sautéed red peppers and zucchini below we cooked in exactly that way, because the local shop had both. This was just simply cooked in a skillet over medium heat with olive oil, garlic and a little bit of salt. Stir or toss it regularly for about 15 minutes until the vegetables are soft and charred. Goes great as a side dish to grilled fish or even stirred into pasta.
A kid's favourite camping is these Chocolate Chip Pancakes. Easily prepared at the outdoor kitchen and cooked on the stove top.
This very simple pasta dish was one of surprisingly delicious dishes on this camping trip. It was so easy to make and using a jar of sun dried tomato pesto make life pretty easy. Check out the recipe for Skillet Pasta with Zucchini, Red Peppers and Sun Dried Tomato Pesto. Okay, that was a mouthful!
Another family family favourite camping dish, Chicken Fajitaswww.juliascuisine.com/home/chicken-fajitas-dinner. It might seem like too much work, as there is so much chopping. But really it doesn't take quite as long as you many think. What's great about these camping, is that they also make great leftovers. This is if you don't manage to eat them all the first night.
Making baked desserts can be tricky when camping with just a hob. By tricky, I pretty much mean impossible. On this trip, I was craving a crumble and was trying to figure out how in the world we could make it happen. Guess what, you can't beat a craving so you just got to dive in and figure out how. Check out how to make Stove top Apple Crumble for your next camping adventure.
This dish is a great example of how you an do without or substitute when cooking on the road. If you read along my blog, you will see that I am a huge fan of substitution when it comes to cooking. For those of you who follow a recipe to the tee, sometimes you just need to throw caution to the wind and do without. And you know what? Sometimes it even turns out better!
We made this Creamy Chicken Masala while camping and I didn't have turmeric. That might have something to do it it's lacking in colour. It still tasted great!
Garlic Mushrooms make a great side dish to just about any camping meal. If you are lucky enough to be at a camp site where barbecues are permitted, these go great alongside a good barbecued steak.
Any kind of chopped salads make for easy camping food. Just toss some things in a bowl and you are done. We don't always need complex ingredients or methods to have something fresh, nutritious and tasty. This below is just chopped tomatoes and arugula. I topped it off with olive oil, white wine vinegar and sea salt. We had it as a side dish to fish.
Another very easy pasta dish to make while camping. This dish has sun dried tomato pesto, fresh tomatoes and fresh spinach. Ready in 10 minutes!
Picnic food! While on the road, you literally find yourself on the road. We rarely eat out in restaurants and cafés while on the road camping. For day trips, try to pack picnics using leftovers or whatever you have on hand. You would be surprised how tasty these snacks can be. Below there is leftover grilled chicken, bread, hummus, carrots, tomatoes & cheese. All together this made for a great picnic lunch while having a road side stop.
Quesadillas are a great food for camping. You don't have to go all fancy, as you are camping after all. Chicken and cheese will do, if you don't have time or ingredients for anything else. However, if you do have time on your hands, toss in what ever you have on hand. These are chicken, cheese and spicy salsa. All on hand in the prepared ingredients before we left for our trip.
A few things to keep in mind when preparing food and storage for a camping trip:
(1) Meal plan before hand
(2) Keep stock of dry ingredients in an accessible place while camping
(3) Prepare a check-list of all the food you plan on taking BEFORE your trip
(4) Make sure you have all the equipment and utensils you will need to cook and prepare the dishes you will be making while away
(5) Always eat up your left overs the next day. This will avoid waste and save time in meal preparation
(6) Make sure you have enough gas for your stove (trust me on this one)
(7) Set up your outside kitchen in an ergonomic way that work for you. Try to keep it set up through the trip and only put food items away that will spoil or will attract animals.
(8) Always have clean water on hand with a bowl and a tea towel. This is essential in food preparation when you don't have access to running water. We like to use a big container with a tap There is drinking water available at most camp-sites that you can just fill it up. We use this water for cooking and cleaning up around the "kitchen"
(8) Keep a large washing up bowl on hand to store your dirty dishes
(9) Have access to water, drinking cups and frequently used items to avoid searching through bags and boxes
(10) If available, buy fresh ingredients before you cook as this saves waste or the risk of food spoiling in heat.
(11) Don't be afraid to experiment and try new things that you probably wouldn't try in your kitchen at home. You just might surprise yourself.
(12) Keep condiments such as salt and pepper in a ready to use accessible place.
And this is where we manage to make it all happen. Camping proves that you don't need fancy equipment, kitchen spaces, electricity or even a roof to turn out great food! There are always challenges along the way, but isn't that just part of the fun? Okay, well sometimes it isn't. So, next time you head out camping, try to prepare a few dinners that you think are too adventurous for camping and you just might surprise yourself.
Good luck and happy camping!