Category: Outdoor Cooking (Page 1 of 3)

Campfire Waffles – A Winter Warmer

I have deliberated over whether to share my campfire waffles recipe, as not everyone possess their grandmother’s ancient cast iron waffle iron.  However, I decided to go for it for a few reasons…other than we adore waffles!!  Firstly, this recipe is the same one I use for my indoor waffle iron too (we are talking Scandinavian heart shaped waffles here).  Secondly, if you did want to make campfire waffles I know that you can get hold of these lovely old cast iron pieces of equipment second hand – they are out there (one of my friends has recently managed this).  Lastly, outdoor waffle irons (albeit a more modern and practical version), are now being sold in outdoor shops (I have only seen them online so far but they do exist).  So, I may give you an idea for a new piece of outdoor campfire equipment for your wish list, or you may just want to try them out in the comfort of your own home.

Ingredients For Campfire Waffles (makes 4 waffles):

An oil for greasing (we use either coconut oil or olive oil as that is what is in our cupboard.  Butter definitely didn’t work for us!)

3dl of plain flour

2 eggs

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons sugar

3 teaspoons butter

1/4 teaspoon cardamom

3dl milk

Raspberry jam and creme fraiche for serving

Method To Make Campfire Waffles:

You can either make the mixture at home and transport in an old plastic bottle, or if camping you can make on site.

  1. Place all the dry ingredients into a bowl.
  2. Add in the wet ingredients a little at a time.
  3. Beat well inbetween to make sure there are no lumps.
  4. Grease the iron and warm it up in the fire.
  5. Ladle in a portion of mixture and pop on the fire for 2-3 minutes, before turning over the iron to do the same on the other side.
  6. Take the iron off the fire and pop the waffle on a plate.
  7. Serve with a good dollop of creme fraiche and jam.

It might take a few attempts to perfect the timings needed and the amount of greasing needed, but bear with it and keep trying as once you have sussed it out, campfire waffles are well worth the effort 🙂  Excuse my grubby hands below, I was cooking on a fire!!!

Make sure you let me know your thoughts and ideas in the comments below, and I hope you enjoy making your own campfire waffles!

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The Kelly Kettle – A User Guide

My Kelly Kettle and I are inseparable on our outdoor adventures.  We take it everywhere with us.  We enjoy it so much I thought I would give you a basic guide as to how you use it and then you can see if this is something you would like to give a go when out and about in the great outdoors.  The Kelly Kettle heats water very fast using what you find on the ground around you as fuel.  You can also get accessories that can turn it into a stove as well.  Plus, you can use the fire in the base for things such as toasting marshmallows without the stove accessory.  They are simple and fun to use, and a great way of introducing children into bush craft and the skill of lighting and being responsible for fires, as they are small and contained.  It is a great way for them to start learning their bush craft skills for the great outdoors.

Step By Step Guide To Using the Kelly Kettle:

  1. Fill your Kelly Kettle up with water, then set it to one side. 
  2. In the Kelly Kettle base add a small amount of newspaper, and some cotton wool with a little Vaseline on.  This helps ignite the fire a little easier. We carry a little fire starting kit of essentials with us, subscribe to the blog and see what is in our fire starting kit over on the  freebies tab. 
  3. Next add a little kindling.  We tend to collect this as we go along on our hike.  Our preference is small pieces of silver birch bark as they are highly flammable.  Just make sure you are picking it up from the ground (not pulled off the trees), and that it is dry.  Very small, thin, dry twigs work too. 
  4. Then light the cotton wool.  We use a fire steel.  This is 2 pieces of metal, which when struck together produce a spark which will nicely ignite the cotton wool.  We use this as it is generally functioning in most weather conditions, particularly wind and rain!  You can use matches or other lighting contraptions of your choice.
  5. Place the Kelly Kettle on top once the fire is lit.
  6. Continue to slowly feed tinder into the kettle down the chimney (watching for the fire coming up!).  We use leaves, twigs, bark, fir cones, etc.  You get the idea, most things found on the ground are good as long as they are dry.  By far our favourite is the silver birch bark though as it catches so easily, is very thin, so burns well.  The idea is not to swamp the fire in the base though but add slowly to keep it burning. You can also blow through the side holes, if needed, to gently get any embers to catch fresh tinder too. 

The great thing about the Kelly Kettle is it also comes with accessories which can convert it into a stove (they don’t take up any more packing room as they store inside the kettle).  I was really lucky to get the hobo stove for Christmas, and although we love our fire pits, it means that if there isn’t one available en route, I can light our hobo stove and cook safely with it.  It is a great back up to have in the back pack.  I am much happier doing that than making my own fire on the ground.

The Kelly Kettles come in different sizes.  We have the trekker size Kelly Kettle, one of the smaller ones.  I boil it twice when the 5 of us go out, but it doesn’t take too long so I don’t mind.

Have you got a favourite piece of outdoor kit?  Let me know in the comments below and maybe I’ll need to add it to my wish list!!  Don’t forget to subscribe  to the blog and get access to freebies (eBook, recipes, top tips, and our fire starter kit contents).

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French Bread Pizza – Easy Campfire Food

With the weather getting a lot colder now in the Swedish winter, we need food that is easy and quick to prepare, and the less hassle to cook, the better.  French bread pizza is perfect for even the pickiest of little people to eat (and I have three, and they loved them!).

Ingredients For Pizza:

One baguette (serves three children)

Tomato puree

Grated cheese

Ham

Tin foil (for cooking on the fire)

These are very versatile, as you can add in anything you fancy really to your french bread pizza.  I have three young children so mine were kept simple to make sure there was less complaining out in the cold!

Method:

Chop the baguette into thirds, then slice each third open in half.

Spread the tomato puree on both sides.

Place your other ingredients on top. (I deviated from the normal pizza assembly of cheese on top of the puree as I was using mine to “glue” the ham in, and the 2 sides of the bread together!).

Place the two sides of the baguette back together and wrap in tin foil.

Place them on your fire for around 5 minutes in a good heat (you don’t want to char the bread so keep checking if unsure).  Then sit back and enjoy the view with your tasty food.

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Campfire Toffee Apples – A Bonfire Treat

We do not have Bonfire Night over here in Sweden, but that didn’t stop us getting into the spirit of things making these scrummy campfire toffee apples!  They were a huge hit with my trio and I couldn’t resist either.  All my recipes can be prepared at the campfire, but we are now hitting minus temperatures outdoors, so I’m doing the prep at home to make life a little easier on the cold fingers!

Ingredients:

An apple per person

Soft toffees (ours were coated in chocolate too for an extra treat)

Cinnamon

Tin foil (for the fire)

 

Method:

With a corer, remove the core from the centre of each apple.

Then slice the apple in half.  This leaves each half with a lovely trench in the middle.

Place your toffees into the trench.

Sprinkle some cinnamon over each half.

Put the 2 halves of the toffee apples back together again, and wrap in tin foil.

Now you are ready to cook your toffee apples.  Place them onto the fire for 10-15 mins.  Once the apples are lovely and soft/squishy to touch, they are ready.  Tuck in and enjoy your campfire toffee apples.

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Scout Bomb – A Tasty Scouting Treat

A few weeks ago my little lady returned from her day away on her sjöscout island bursting with lots of enthusiasm over the day, but mainly for the food that they had prepared and eaten. In particular, a dish called the “scout bomb”.  She had been dying to cook this for us all on the fire, so this week I made sure we had all the ingredients, and on our weekly fire pit meal she prepared, she cooked, and she did a great job…..the fact that she cooked a meal all three children ate without a complaint is something I very rarely achieve!

Ingredients:

Potatoes (diced, and I worked on 2  small potatoes per person).

A leek.

Cream cheese.

A knob of butter per person.

A huge sausage (excuse the supermarket photo of said sausage, but I forgot to include it in the proper photo and by the time I remembered it was in our tummies!!).

Instructions:

Dice the potato and sausage.

Peel off a leek leaf and make into a rectangle to hold a portion (it’s your plate).

Place the mixed up diced potato and sausage onto the leek leaf.

On top of the potato and sausage place the knob of butter and a few teaspoons of cream cheese.

Wrap the whole bundle in tin foil….and there is your scout bomb ready to cook.

To cook your scout bomb place it onto the fire for at least 15 mins.  Once that is finished, carefully lift it off onto a plate and unwrap the scout bomb.  The leek “plate” will have infused the rest of the meal with flavour, and the butter and cream cheese melted to coat the meal in a delicious sauce.

You can eat your scout bomb straight off the leaf, but my three are quite adverse to the known presence of leek in their meals (even though it was the choice of one of them to cook with it!), so we scraped it all off onto a plate….it was very delicious, and very welcome on a very wet day!

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Wild Veggie Eggs-A Hearty Outdoor Breakfast.

Eggs are a great breakfast, as they are filling, and when you are in the great outdoors, they are warming too.  This meal doesn’t need to be kept for breakfast either, it’s very versatile in its timings 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

So, what do you need to make your wild veggie eggs?

Ingredients:

Eggs!  I use 2 per person as a rule

Veg! The great thing with this meal is anything goes.  I just chopped a bit off items I already had in the fridge for other meals.  So, this time round it was onions, red peppers, courgettes, and tomatoes.  But you can try anything you fancy in there, and the more colourful the better I think.

Splash of milk.

Don’t forget a blob of butter to cook  it in (and add some pepper if you like that too).

Method:

The beauty of this meal is that it is so simple.  I get it all mixed up before we leave and pop it in a sealed tub.  Whisk the eggs up with the milk.  Then add your chosen veg in, chopped into small pieces.  You want the veg to be swimming in the egg mix, so when it cooks it sets within the eggs, but it’s no disaster if you have too much.  Then place it in your pan to cook for 5-10 minutes (until the egg is set), not forgetting to stir occasionally so it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan and burn.  I ate mine straight from the pan today as it was only me…sssshhhhh don’t tell anyone!

Campfire Blueberry Cake – A Foraged Pudding

If you are looking for a tasty, early autumn, foraged campfire treat, then this blueberry cake is your answer.  I have to admit though, this time round we used bought blueberries as I knew it was going to be a very wet hike!!  The recipe is very vague, deliberately, as outdoor cooking is best kept that way as it makes it a lot more simple!

Ingredients:

Eggs (I work on 1 per person)

Slices of bread (I work on 1 per egg) and broken into small chunks

Blueberries (for 3 people, 2 handfuls were perfect)

Tablespoon of creme fraiche (1 tablespoon per 3 eggs)

1 tablespoon milk (per 3 eggs)

A liberal sprinkling of cinnamon and sugar

Method:

Mix all of the ingredients together in a pan, then place it onto the fire to cook.  Stir it every so often to prevent it burning and sticking to the pan.  It will take around 5-10 minutes, and will be ready when the egg makes the rest of the ingredients start to set.  This is such a lovely warm, fruity treat, and my trio wolfed it down, although they had hiked first and it was pouring with rain 😉

 

 

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Stewed Blackberry and Cinnamon Apples.

Stewed blackberry and cinnamon apples are a true foraged autumn treat.  They are extremely easy to make on the go, and very warming cooked on the fire in the great outdoors.  To make our stewed blackberry and cinnamon apples, the only ingredient we carried was the cinnamon sugar mix, the rest we foraged on our bike ride around our island before we set up our fire to cook on 🙂

Ingredients:

So what do you need for this yummy treat of stewed blackberry and cinnamon apples?

A mix of ground cinnamon and sugar together (I just add sugar to the ground cinnamon until I am happy with the flavour).

Apples (1 per person) cored

6-8 blackberries per person

 

Please note, you will need to carry a corer (or knife as this will work if you slice the apples too), and tin foil for cooking the apples in on the fire.

Method:

Assembling the stewed blackberry and cinnamon apples ingredients together is also beautifully simple.  Once the apples have been cored, place onto a piece of tin foil, stuff blackberries into the centre, sprinkling liberally with the cinnamon sugar as you go, and then all over the top too.  Once this is done, wrap the apple in the tin foil.  Place the foil packets directly onto the fire, and they should be cooked in 5-10 minutes, depending on the ferociousness of the fire.  A good indicator is the parcel is very soft when pressed gently.  Unwrap, and place into a dish to eat.  Sit back and enjoy the view 🙂

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Campfire Granola – Make Gooey Granola in the Great Outdoors

We recently did a hike where all three were a little bit on the grumpy side, and I knew I needed something a little special to see them through, and get them into a better frame of mind!  Hence why I cooked up this gooey granola treat.  They loved it, and it did turn our day around 🙂 You can make this in a foil parcel, but I opted for a pan.  I had a new grill frame I wanted to try out, plus I thought it would be easier.

Gooey Granola Ingredients:

Knob of butter

Honey/agave syrup/syrup

Oats

Cinnamon

Chocolate

Marshmallows

(fruit such as slices of banana or strawberries, but this is optional)

Method To Make Gooey Granola:

  1. Put knob of butter into the pan and melt it
  2. Add oats and syrup/honey of your choice until oats are moist, and a sprinkle of cinnamon, then cook while keeping an eye on it so that it doesn’t burn.
  3. Once baked and crunchy, add in chocolate chunks and marshmallows to melt into it and stir in.  It is at this point you can add in fruit chunks too.
  4. Once all melted and mixed, serve up with a bowl and spoon 🙂  Enjoy your reviving treat!

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Campfire Pizza – The Perfect Pizza Parcel Treat

Campfire Pizza, pizza parcels, outdoor cooking, outdoor cooking parcel, bushcraft pizza www.mammasschool.co.ukCampfire pizza is a fail safe menu choice when taking my trio to eat in the great outdoors! They are very simple to make, quick to cook, and filling to eat.  My trio could very easily make these themselves, but unusually I was left to it today as they headed off to investigate what treasures the beach held 🙂

 

 

 

So, what do you need for a campfire pizza?

Some bread based substance…we used some round Swedish bread, but this will work on baguettes, pittas, or rolls.  Whatever takes your fancy!

Tomato puree

Grated cheese

Any other topping you like (we took some sandwich ham today to add)

The really useful thing about campfire pizza is that it can be pre-prepared at home, and carted off in its foil parcel wrap ready for cooking.  I chose (or rather ran out of time) to do mine where we were cooking.  Splodge and spread some tomato puree onto your chosen bread base.  Then add the grated cheese on top.  I shredded pieces of wafer sandwich ham on top.  Followed by the extra toppings of your choice.  Then place them on top of the fire, wrapped up in foil.  Ours were perfectly cooked in five minutes 🙂  Good for those children that need almost instant gratification!!  We served ours with a side order of corn on the cob (again wrapped in foil and heated on the fire).  I felt the need to try and balance out all the Easter chocolate we had been eating, and lack of vegetables in the last few days!!

Once they are cooked, unwrap and serve up.  Make sure you find a nice log with a lovely view to enjoy together with the yummy food 🙂  As you can see, my trio were more than happy with their campfire pizza, and were clamouring for more!  However, as simple as they were to make, they were handed a delicious apple to balance out yet more of the Easter chocolate 😉

 

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