Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Tuesday at the Table: Camping Food
I think this is a first... 3 posts in one day!! I just have really been loving Debbie's (at A Quilter's Table blog) Tuesday at the Table Posts and link ups!
That (not-too-great-iPod) photo up there is where we spent several meals over the past week-end. Please excuse the mess ;-).
I decided to do a post of what's become our traditional first night camping meal. There's really not much to it, and there lies the beauty. That first night is usually full of driving, setting up either our tents and sleeping bags or our pop-up trailer, exploring, finding fire wood, etc... So it's become a tradition to make super-easy quesadillas. I buy a package of 12 flour tortillas (whole wheat), a bag of grated cheese, a little package of pre-made guacamole, a small jar of salsa, and a bag of chips. If you can make the quesadillas (cheese between 2 flour tortillas) without getting cheese on the skillet, the only clean up is a knife (used to cut them) and a few spoons.
I'm very environmentally conscious, but when it comes to camping, we break out paper plates, cups and bowls, all of which can either be thrown away or packed out, or burned in the camp fire. If you click on the photo, you'll notice a white and black plastic bin, as well as a stove and water/tea kettle. That's our dish washing system, and no one likes to use it.
I've been camping my entire life. It was the only way my family could afford to travel. I've seen everything in camp from instant dehydrated food to gourmet, vegetarian, and meat and potatoes, cold, hot, and many other variations. I love to cook, but hate to clean up, so my camp meals are very easy and focus on minimal clean up. The rest of the week-end's meals consisted of pumpkin cranberry walnut bread (made at home earlier in the week), hummus and pita bread with baby carrots (all packaged from the grocery store), chili/frito/cheese pie (chili also pre-made at home and put into a big gallon zip-lock bag), and cereal and instant oatmeal. I love the Starbucks' instant "via" coffee packs, and ever since they came out with them, I haven't made full fledged coffee in camp. There's always hot chocolate and the "emergency" food that we bring along... a few cans of soup, lots of nuts and dried fruit, and other things. We've never gone hungry!
I'd LOVE to hear about any other easy camping food if you have any ideas!
Here's one more picture of me over the week-end, via the iPod. I LOVE the way it has the camera that you can "flip", so you can see what you're taking a picture of. BRILLIANT!