The inspiration for your camping meals doesn't have to come from camping. Most of ours actually come from random things we eat either around San Francisco or while we are traveling.
It seems like simplicity is all the rage right now when it comes to food culture. Now I am not talking about Paleo or Farm to Table cooking. You may have heard of the new app Not Recipies launched by the popular foodie blog Food52. It's all about things you've made a million times that you could explain how you made them in a few moments. Think that conversation you had with your neighbor about making asparagus where you shared that you like to use a little lemon juice and a pinch of sea salt to give the steaming water a bit of a punch.
We love to break out our cast iron at home and at the camp site. Its consistent heat distribution is a godsend when dealing with the complexities of cooking over an open campfire. And everyone loves its ability to retain heat. These properties might be why this old school way of cooking has some major staying power. Did you know the first cast iron was created during the Han dynasty?
Running a business that creates camp food kits we’ve tasted our fair share of s’mores and they are delicious. But sometimes you are looking for a savory after-dinner treat to make over the fire. And popcorn fills that bill. Plus, many of us big kids have fond memories of making a certain kind of stove top popcorn that comes in a distinctive silver package.
S'mores have been on my mind the last few days. In one of our holiday cards, we got a lovely note from our friend Margaret on the topic of these gooey delights. With her permission, I've re-posted it below. I think my favorite part was the idea of sliced chocolate ala Kraft cheese. You can check it out here.
My husband couldn't be more supportive. He is CampEat's biggest fan. And he is also its primary guinea pig. Yesterday he was forced to eat chocolate with dried mango and coconut and then compare it with chili chocolate. Yeah, I feel really bad for him.
A big thank you to everyone who came out last weekend to make s'mores with us at our first Fireside Gathering. We had a ton of fun and we've been able to gather a few "findings" about s'mores. To help distil them for your use we've created a top 10 list of what I like to call S'more Science. And let me tell you we used rigorous testing methodologies. Though they may have been clouded by the copious amounts of sugar from all the sweets, but we'll still share them in the name of all things that are fun about camping.
One of the easiest ways to cook while camping is the humble hobo packet. These foil creations are great because there is little to no clean up. Plus this method doesn't require buying any special equipment -- save a roll of foil, which you might already have on hand in your kitchen.