Saturday, March 30, 2013

Camp Cooking

Dried Fruit Bounty for Camping:

Assortment of dried fruits- figs; apricots; pineapples; mangoes; prunes; raisins; dates (with Walnuts); super dry dates; bananas; dried lemons; candied fruit peel.  Nuts: Walnuts - squeezed into dried dates, a delish sweet accompanist to hot  tea.   
Pack what ever you and your family enjoy.  Nutritious, chewy , instantly moistens the mouth in desperately dry climates, plus keeps the hunger bugs away.
Almonds Instant relief for heart-burn.
With a lot of folks I see habits remain the same,  not adjusted to being outside yet, with others a complete admiration for their ingenuity and acclimatization to their whole new environment.  Facing head-on and surpassing the call of duty.  For me that's what CAMPING is all about.  Knowing and learning more about one's self.  Let the FUN begin!
So here's what I learnt (please feel free to add your own, would love to learn more!)
Ready-made Salad-Dressings-in-a-Jar:  
 Variation 2.  Lemon Juice; Olive Oil; Salt; Dijon Mustard & Silan (date syrup)
Teas: Hot- Beverage-Jar.   A ground mix or bag with whole ingredients.  A ready-to-go all-comforting Chai drink.
Zuta (white Savory) is a firm favourite of mine, I love the medicinal, refreshing flavour, 
I'm always saving plastic containers so I can reuse for freezing such stuff as the below.  
Frozen Pureed tomatoes in a tub (for shakshuka or any tomato base sauce)
At festivals where there is running water etc, a plastic scrub and detergent in a small convenient squeegee bottle such as a child's water bottle with a twist open nozzle is handy.
I usually don't carry this, only at festivals, as in the desert I use dry dirt or if camping on the beach I use sand  as a detergent or abrasive and then rinse off with sea water.
A small table is handy for preparing food and eating on, it could be just a make-shift small board resting on a box.
Dried sage leaves for making tea.  A must for those stomach upsets that can easily happen camping out.

Creative impromptu cooking 

Tin Corn, Frozen home-made tomato/veggie sauce or often the blessed canned tomatoes.
As I was thinking hard on the hammock, (as you can plainly see)  of updating my old and trusted camping list, I realised Hey! this is blog worthy material for all to share and contribute.  I'm all for learning new tricks in the camping catering challenge.  Especially at festivals, never a better time to people watch, I love to learn how folks meet up to the challenge of 'survival' living in the great outdoors.

A real mess saver when outdoors, just tear up some lettace leaves or whatever and pour!  (Very convenient in the kitchen too)
Dressing 1. Lemon Juice; Olive Oil; Salt; Dijon Mustard
Dressing 3. Soya Sauce; Olive Oil
Dressing 4.  Bottle of Balsamic Vinegar and Bottle of Olive Oil
Perhaps techniqually not a dressing but used and just as handy as one is my favourite 
Peanut Sauce Recipe
Sauces stored in plastic bottles ready for pouring!

Bag containing: Cloves; Cinnamon; Cardamon; Ginger root;  for hot beverage flavouring in Tea and of course sweetener (Sugar/honey etc.)  

If you are using milk take along that  long-life kind, multiple small cartons rather than one large carton or get one that is in a bottle/container so you can close and avoid spillage.
Though when camping I never bother with milk or anything that might call for milk such as cereals etc.  Shashuka never tasted or looked more appetizing than while camping!

See for yourself

For camping I prefer soft coolers as opposed to the hard bulky coolers.  I can easily stuff them with frozen bottles of water for drinking and frozen foods. This way  I don't need those ice freezing packs taking precious space.  The bottles and my frozen foods not only stay cold much longer but keep everything else in the cooler cold.  Perfect!

Frozen Dal (recipe below) Click here for dal recipe
Frozen Carrot Lentil Cumin Soup Recipe - Click Here
These are all great as sauces served over carbs such as rice, pasta, potatoes

Recipe for Dal: Same recipe for the Carrot Lentil Cumin Soup just don't process it at the end.

Another great tip when the kids were smaller was having a bundle of  pot noodles (*'Magic"  brand is our family's favourite)  Hot water is easy to make and then keep in a flask for emergencies when they just HAVE TO EAT NOW.

Pesach Camping we've lately been sushiing like mad.  It's great for pesach for the Ashkenazim ;)
Spicy tuna or kid friendly tuna salad for sushi filling is handy for both camping and picnics.

Will write and collect photos to update here. :)

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