I should start with the strong disclaimer that I am SO not a camper. I’m not even really a festival-goer. Most of my workmates love to go to festivals and speak of them with a lot of affection – they tend to gloss over the long queues for the toilets, lack of showers and spending days in incredibly close quarters with your friends. But regardless, I love the idea of outdoor cooking – once we have a bit more of a yard, I would definitely put a fire pit in the back garden to back outdoors, particularly in the summer. It would be a great thing to do as family.
All of the recipes in Campfire Cuisine are geared to be made while out camping, but I would there are plenty of easy and inspirational recipes even if you’re not a big outdoorsy fan – because of the premise, there’s a lot of really simple but flavorful recipes (I was really impressed by the amount of salad dressings – salad while camping?) It’s a great cookbook for anyone who enjoys grilling or easy food. So if you’re more of a “bake it at home” person, never mind – you can still use these recipes, and there are even some quick tips to adjust the recipe at home.
Maple Syrup Scones (from Campfire Cuisine)
2 cups plain flour
3 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon brown sugar
2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 large egg