My parents and sister just got home from a camping trip to the Grand Canyon. As I think I’ve mentioned before, I’m not a big camping person. For me, the ideal holiday involves sun, relaxation, a bit of history and city life and good food. Camping just in the beautiful bit of nature without nice restaurants? So not my style.
However, I’ve been told on good authority that everything tastes a bit better while camping. And The Camping Cookbook is the latest cookbook which promotes outdoor cooked meals on camping trips. I will say this is probably geared towards a longer camping trip – not just a day or two (the point in which you’d still be happy to eat hot dogs and fresh caught fish at every meal.) Many of the meals use simple ingredients (scrambled eggs with smoked salmon for breakfast, quesadillas for dinner), but simple ingredients are apparently the best way to go in the great outdoors.
I’d even say that some of the dessert recipes, due to the simplicity and ease, would be great to give children their first experience of cooking desserts on the stove at home, including s’mores, the marshmallow fudge below and raisin biscuit cake. This is cookbook for people who regularly camp and would like to expand on their repertoire of meals for the campsite beyond the basics – I might send a copy to my sister!
Chocolate Marshmallow Fudge (from The Camping Cookbook)
115g plain chocolate
70g unsalted butter
2 teaspoons water
115g chopped almonds
Melt the chocolate, marshmallows, butter and water together until smooth.
Remove from the heat and add almonds. Spread through the bottom of the brownie pan and allow to cool.