/ Camping: What do you eat?
So what are your favorite meals to cook on a gas stove, which require little prep and cleaning afterwards?
Evenings, usually something based around pasta.
Lazy breakfast - tin of beans and sausages and bread
Otherwise take a small non stick frying pan and go for the one pan full English
Evening options (if two pans, cook one pan and when done, use it as a lid for the second pan to keep it warm:
Rissotto (cheese and chorizo)
Last camping meal I had was some tomato risotto thing (Uncle Ben's express risotto maybe) with green pepper and smoked sausage added. Quick to cook (the rice is part cooked already), one pot to wash.
first meal tends to be something i prepared at home. often this is either Indian thali type meal or Thai
Anything pasta sauce based is easy and quick - add chorizo or something to it.
Last weekend we brought a metal tray and cooked steak on the campfire coals which was a very enjoyable supper. You could do that in a pan on a gas stove.
Beans, spam,and corned beef are classics if use by dates are an issue.
Can do it with 1 pot: do the rice first for the 9 mins, then tip the curry on top of the rice then boil up again till the whole thing is hot.
I ate them many nights this summer, all summer, and it never got stale.
It's so filling and fulfilling, I didn't feel like I was scraping by, always had time for an enormous curry. On a normal appetite 1 tin seems to do two but my appetite went enormous and 1 full tin seemed to do the trick.
Lunch - buy a few tesco chicken slices or sausage rolls, and a pack of biscuits and an apple or banana or somthing
Dinner - pasta + sauce + chorizo/ham or pre cooked rice + pre cut veg + sauce or smash + chorizo or super noodle stir fry + sauce
Some may know this already but I was quite frankly shocked :(
I also always stock up on condiments and plastic knives & forks when i stop in service stations. Sauces, sugar, salt, uht milk - its all free - he who dares wins
1 pan wonders -
Cajun Cous Cous - (definitely campsite food) fry down onion, pepper, mushroom, some chorizo or smoked sausage, garlic, throw in some cayene pepper, thyme & salt, stick in some cous cous, throw in some water/beer & wait for it to soak it up
For prepping any of the above, slice it up on the back of a crap old pan, throw it back into the tub you brought it in, then back into the frying pan when needed
Chocolate porridge - oats, raisins, nuts, whatever. I'll pre mix cocoa powder, milk powder & sugar with my oats so its a case of just add water, head up & off you go. Those little sachets of hot chocolate work well too.
Omelettes are always decent, especially if youve got leftover smoked sausage, onions & mushrooms kicking about.
Chilli & Rice - Packet of freeze dried vegetarian chilli (most supermarkets have their own brand, always under a quid, i'll always half the pack though as its too much) & some instant rice, both take the same amount of time to cook so pre mix them into the same bag. Great end of day meal, weighs nothing, really filling & generally really high in protein.
Cheesy instant mash - Cheapo mash, hot water & some parmesan cheese. Throw in some smoked sausage/onions whatever youve brought/pinched from the service station.
Instant custard & cornflakes - Dont ask, i think im the only person who enjoys this.
Uncle Ben boil in the bag, with curry sauce. Put the dry noodles in the water and add back rice and curry powder. Tastes "ok", add random shite to taste.
> Instant custard & cornflakes - Dont ask, i think im the only person who enjoys this.
Hot or cold?
Get the Ainsley Harriott cous cous
Urgh, you eat chris townsend? bit harsh...do you make him carry your rucksack & slice bits off him? :-(
felafel mix can be used as a protein source instead of (veg) mince & you *might* get away with grilling it over a campfire..
microwave rice cooks quickly as 'boil in the bag.
fresh pasta is really nice (though expensive,) pesto (jar or homemade).
have a look at packets of filled tortellini: some are room temperature storage, but take 8 minutes simmering, others are chilled and only take a minute.
couscous or bulgar wheat 'salad' with bits of olive, sundried tomato, cashews (aldi have them in their 'essentials' range!), lemon zest & chilli. best made at home & taken in your pack to 'marinate', easy enough to make while you're out.
instant noodles - good flavours from 'chinese supermarkets' etc. some brands can be put in boiling water & left, despite the instructions say to simmer).
corned beef hash. (tinned sardine /mackerel hash is nice, if it suits your palate :-). take some preboiled spuds from home)
Instant soup (ainsley harriot ones are pretty good) is worth it, 'cappuchino' sachets maybe not.
Instant porridge with dried fruit for breakfast. 'ordinary' porridge oats are nicer, but more faff. you can always soak them.
I have a griddle thing on my camping stove so they are easy to make.
Breakfast and dinner - Wayfarer, nothing like burger and beans to put some fuel in your tank at the start of the day! I love that you get your hot meal and a pint of water for a brew all in one go. Lunch and snacks, fruit, chocolate, peanut butter/cheese on crackers (just discovered cheese with a dab of the Army "yeast extract" paste on top, yum).
If cooking for more than just me I'd start diversifying into easy-cook rice or fresh pasta with some onion/mushroom and cooked sausage product.
A few years ago we decided that there was little need for camping specific food unless wild camping. So, for car camping (or the van) we have homemade curry and rice, pasta and sauce, sausages veg and mash with gravy in winter, sausages or burgers with baby new potatoes and salad, and if we are in the van, a big sliceable frittata.
Depending on the season and having the van, and how quickly we want to be out on the hill, breakfast is cereal bars, crumpets/malt loaf toasted, fried eggs on toast, etc etc.
The best thing for wild camping has to be cup a soup, for instant warmth and comfort as a starter while cooking the main meal!
Breakfast is a cliplock box filled with oats, raisins, cinnamon and powder milk = either museli or porridge depending on whether I can be bothered to boil water in the morning.
Tea is quick cook pasta, a jar of stir in sauce and a can of tuna.
> Some may know this already but I was quite frankly shocked :(
a mate of mine told me that they'd take sandwiches made with raw, sliced beef & be good for a couple of days, unlike the cooked stuff.
I feel hungry now.
That's been my experience too
The water you boil it with is your brew water. and no washing up to do just wash the spoon in your brew once you have eaten your meal. Also quite a good selection of different menus to choice from. you can also buy the pouches which have a heating source with it so no need for a stove unless you want a brew.
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