Cooking on a campsite

Cooking on a campsite is surely the best form of meal-making? All the usual kitchen rules don’t apply – schedules, timings and whizzing gizmos are left behind at home.

In fact outdoor cooking is a pretty relaxed affair. Being alfresco lets you watch the world go by, you can listen to birdsong and enjoy a glass of something cold. A bit of freeform creativity and ingenuity may be called for on occasion – but that’s all part of the fun.

A word on ingredients

Farm shop
It’s simply not realistic to suggest all of your ingredients need to be sourced from the field next door. Eating local certainly isn’t about setting ruthless rules on where you must buy all your food. It is about raising awareness and changing our attitudes to food.

Making an effort to source your key ingredients like the meat, the vegetables, the quirky local cheese or the freshly-caught fish, can make a huge difference to your meal. Why?

• It’s more likely to taste better simply because it will be fresher for not having been freighted half way across the world.

• It will also taste better, because you will cook with it differently.

If you’ve met the person who produced that food, or know a bit about the way it was produced, I bet you will care more about the meal when you cook than if it was bought just wrapped in plastic with no sense of who or what was involved in getting it to you. Try it.

The Camping Store Cupboard Kit

basic ingredients

Every camper should have one. It’s a good idea to have a pre-packed bag of store cupboard basics to take with you on every trip.

  1. It saves you money, so you don’t have to buy a new bag of rice or flour for each recipe.
  2. It saves you time – for the same reason.

Having it all to hand gives you the freedom to buy a key ingredient like some lamb steaks when you are out and about, knowing you can make a meal with it when you get back to site. Honey illustration

Here is a list of what I have in mine....

  • Plain flour
  • Salt and pepper
  • Dried herbs and spices that I like – cumin, ginger, coriander, chilli flakes
  • Mustard
  • Vinegar
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Sweet chilli sauce
  • Honey
  • Sugar
  • Bottle of lemon juice

It’s the kind of thing you can add to, as and when you come across handy little travel or mini versions of things.