Episode 5: Campfire cooking

Campfire cooking is a great hands-on way to get the kids involved when camping and fire regulations permit. Try some of these simple, mouth-watering ideas on your next camping trip.


The traditional fare of BBQ dinners, jacket potatoes and bacon and egg sandwich breakfasts are established favourites for good reason but there are some other classics from around the world that are big hits with the kids.

Swag Packs
The idea is for each kid to make their own meal, this is very much a journey of discovery and experimentation is to be encouraged.
Ingredients

  • Cut a selection of vegetables, if using root vegies cut into 2 cm slices
  • A meat component; chicken, fish, mince, sausages or salami or cured meats like bacon and any combination of these can be used depending upon personal taste
  • Herbs, salt, pepper, garlic
  • Sauces (tomato etc)
  • Oil
  • Slices of lemon and onion

Method
Prepare to lose some of your food to burning so put lemon or onion slices on the bottom to caramelise.
Layer chosen ingredients in the centre of the foil.
Use heavy duty foil, three layers on the bottom 40cm long, place all the food in the middle, pour olive oil, one layer of foil on top, fold all of the edges up and into the middle so you have a seam running around the top (where the single layer joins the triple).
Rake coals to provide a thin bed then push coals around the side of the packs, generally 20-30 minutes is enough time, remove from fire and open…..and eat!

S’mores
S’mores are a North American evolution of the humble toasted marshmallow.

Ingredients

  • Marshmallows
  • Choc coated digestive biscuit

Method
Toast the marshmallows over an open fire using a well-chosen marshmallow stick.
Place between two chocolate digestive biscuits with the choc side facing in towards the marshmallows.
Eat slowly and beware oozing marshmallow.

 

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