Campfire cooking is a great hands-on way to get the kids involved when camping and fire regulations permit.
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.
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.
- 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)
- Slices of lemon and onion
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 are a North American evolution of the humble toasted marshmallow.
- Choc coated digestive biscuit
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.
This campfire favourite is fun to make and great to eat on cold nights
- One orange per person
- Your favourite chocolate cake mix including the ingredients to make the cake mix (usually milk, eggs and butter), two medium bowls and aluminium foil
Using a bowl, dump in cake mix and follow the instructions on the cake mix box.
Once you have your cake mix ready you can then get your oranges ready.
Slice the top off your oranges, about an inch, making a lid and hole wide enough to scoop from. Using a spoon, scoop the orange pulp into a clean bowl as best you can or if it’s your own personal orange, right into your tummy.
Once you have the pulp scooped out, fill the orange with cake batter about three quarters full, pop the lid on and double wrap it in aluminium foil.
Place onto hot campfire coals for about 30 minutes (depends on how hot your campfire is), rotating occasionally with tongs.
When you think the oranges are done, take one and have a peek, if the orange rind is brown on outside, don’t worry, it is still yummy inside but ready to be removed from the campfire.
Remove the orange jaffa puddings with your tongs, open once cool to touch and enjoy!
Do you have a favourite campfire food favourite your kids love? Make sure you share it with us in the comments below.