Friday Foodie: Divine camping food by Lady and Pups

Sometimes these Friday Foodie posts are the only ones that keep me going. You know when the black dog of the blog gets to you and you start wondering and whining why? And really? And what is it all about anyway??? Well, these amazing food bloggers really have it going on don’t they? I’m repeatedly put to shame. I should really stop doing it to myself, but, put simply, I can’t help it. Just have a look at what Mandy Lee of Lady and Pups is getting up to. Now there’s a girl who’s managed to distract herself and her barking black dog with some tasty delights. It’s the oldest trick in the book for a reason people.

Three years ago Lee moved from New York to Beijing and straight into what she refers to as her “pre-midlife crisis”. As she cheerfully describes it, this blog is her “phoenix rising out of the tormenting flames of living here with all its misery”. But she invites us in to “share how [she] turned a lot of frustration and anger in a lovely meal”. And what an understatement that is. Her food is inspired and her dishes come with a huge flavour smack to the back of the head. Talk about a way of cheering up that black dog. Have a look and get cooking. Use your taste buds as you go, as Lee isn’t an overly precious recipe follower. She likes to use her imagination and follows her palate. Do the same.

Have a read of this brilliant blog, you’ll love what you’ll find. And get cooking campers. It’s the fastest way I know of  banishing all those black dogs that might be sniffing around …. Here are my favourites for camping.

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Thai herbs + pork salad, recipe here. This would be great either made ahead or at your campsite and simply wrapped in gem lettuce leaves.4

Mexican chorizo + garlic shrimp burger, recipe here. How freakin’ decadent are these?!! 8

Torched salmon in green sauce juice, recipe here. A great dish to make ahead and while most of us don’t camp with a blow torch, a quick sizzle in a heated, oiled pan over a hot campfire would also do the trick nicely.10

Cilbir, recipe here. Make the sauces before you leave, toast the bread on the campfire and you’re away! A great new take on eggs for breakfast!15

Non-sensical hot peppercorn peanut brittle, recipe here. Bag it up and bring it along for a spicy energy fix.2719

Sichuan red peppercorn red-braised oxtail, recipe here. Hearty camper-fare like no other.23

 

 

All images via Lady and Pups, with many thanks.

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Friday Foodies: A Brown Table

I blame the ice cream. It’s always the ice cream though that is more often than not the undoing of us all, don’t you find? …. But when I stumbled across the wildly eye-catching and taste-provoking foodie blog A Brown Table, the first thing that caught my eye was the ice cream. It all started with a stomach-flipping recipe for roasted purple yam + molasses ice cream (recipe here). Who on earth would ever, EVER think of that?!! From there it was a very quick click of the curser over to masala chai ice cream (recipe here) and on to the butternut squash ice cream with caramel (recipe here). And there’s more, but if I go on we’ll be here all day. Are you tempted yet?

What started as an exploration of kitchen creativity has morphed into what is now a challenging, sensational food blog that will really get your imagination going. The dishes Nik Sharma conjures up are nothing short of spectacular and will delight you and anyone lucky enough to be sitting around your campfire or, let’s face it, your dining room table because you’ll be cooking from this blog whether you’re camping or not. You’ll soon discover that much inspiration is drawn from the rich flavours of Indian cuisine, particularly those of North India and Goa. Sharma then takes these familiar flavours and flips and switches and merges them into into healthier, lighter, amazing plates and bowls of utter deliciousness.

We’ve had lots of utterly scrumptious Foodies featured on campfire style, but I know this blog is going to hit the spot like no other. Or it will shift your spot in the most delightful ways. Try something new on your next camping trip. That’s what it’s all about after all. New experiences, great times, full stomachs. So, what’s it going to be, huh?

As usual, here are my favourites to make ahead of your next camping trip or at your campsite. I had a seriously hard time limiting it to these, so go and check out Sharma’s blog for yourself and see what takes your fancy.

Indian-style salmon burgers, recipe here.

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Sour eggplant curry, recipe here.

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Cilantro coconut chutney, recipe here.

 

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Balsamic raspberry sauce + chèvre cake, recipe here.

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Goan chili rolls, recipe here.

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Oat + sweet potato porridge, recipe here.

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Chimichurri egg salad, recipe here.

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Chia honey lemon pound cake, recipe here.

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Shrimp etouffee, recipe here.

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Images via A Brown Table, with many thanks.

Friday Foodie: Delicious camping food ideas from Top With Cinnamon

Sometimes you come across people who are truly, thrillingly impressive. It’s a great thing to happen in a kind of kick-yourself-in-the-butt way. And we all need to engage in a bit of that occasionally. London girl Izy Hossack, the chick behind the charming Top With Cinnamon blog, is just such a person. A full time, (self-confessed) geek of a student, Izy established her food blog when she was 15. She’s now 18 and has just been awarded the Editor’s Choice Award for Best Baking and Desserts Blog from Saveur magazine. To win one of those is amazing. To win one when you’re 18 is frankly, downright outrageous.

The lucky child of an American-Italian mother, you can imagine her childhood: cooking and food and eating and more cooking and more eating. She’s currently studying Biology, Chemistry and Maths, but have no fear for her food is made of much more dreamy, delightful, delicious things! You’ll find her interesting food liberated from tradition, free from the expected and all about flavour, flavour, flavour.

Keep an eye out for her first cook book which is due to hit the stands in Autumn. Just don’t eat for about three weeks before opening it up …

I’ve had a great time roaming around her blog to find some brilliant recipes to try at a campsite or to make ahead to enjoy on your next camping trip. I hope you like them. Let me know what you make! Here are my favourites:

Perfect lemon muffins, recipe here.

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Wholewheat pesto, tomato + mozzarella rolls, recipe here.

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Banana, walnut + oatmeal bars with salted caramel + chocolate, recipe here.

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Apricot salsa quesadillas, recipe here.

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Cumin spiked carrot + chickpea salad, recipe here.

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And finally, a glorious rhubarb, grapefruit + thyme cocktail, recipe here.

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Enjoy the weekend happy campers!

All beautiful photos by Izy Hassock from Top With Cinnamon, with many thanks.

Friday Foodie: Get camping and cooking out there with amazing recipes by Kiss My Spatula

Searching out fabulous food sites for these Friday Foodie is way up there with the good stuff. The things these creative, charming and engaging bloggers manage to do are not only inspiring, they’re a great reminder of the things wonderful people are capable of. Spend too much time listening to the news and it’s easy to think the world out there isn’t so good. The people, not so great. But a couple of hours researching online, and I’m restored to loving my fellow human beings. And as for you fellow campers, well I love you lot the most. The way I see it, only happy, optimistic people go camping. And what’s not to like about that, hey?!

Anyway, today I have a real treat for you. Created by Californian-based Giao Trac, Kiss My Spatula is where this talented photographer and cook gets to express her love of the world. And the food she finds and makes in it! She loves a food market, and simple, healthy food that reflects her Vietnamese background but that also brings in food that is mindful of her husband’s Irish upbringing.

Her avid followers love her homemade pantry where you can learn to make yummy things like goat’s cheese, cherry garcia ice cream and Irish brown bread. But I love the photographs of her travels and her light touch with food. Trac has an easy way of making even the simplest of dishes truly delicious. I bet you’ll agree!

Enjoy you lovely campers, you…

Rosemary + lamb popsicles with mint gremolata, recipe here. (Trac bakes these, but they’d be more than happy to be cooked over a campfire!).

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Wild arugula (aka rocket) + quinoa salad with cherries, recipe here.

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Chinese chicken salad, recipe here.

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Vietnamese iced coffee, recipe here. You’ll need a Vietnamese coffee filter, but you can find them here at Viet Buon Ban.

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Whole wheat dark chocolate chip cookies, recipe here.

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Friday Foodie: Amazing recipes to cook while camping by Love and Lemons

What is it about eating beside a campfire that makes food taste more delicious than ever? Perhaps it’s the little extra effort it takes to get it all together when you’ve ditched your safe, cosy kitchen for the wild pursuit of cooking at a campsite. Or perhaps it’s that eating outside is so appealing and makes for a refreshing change to sitting at a dining table, or maybe it’s the campsite company… Whatever it is, eating and camping is a relationship that should be worked on, developed and actively encouraged by all campers. So ditch the tins of baked beans and jarred pasta sauces and try something different the next time you’re camping that will delight anyone that finds themselves lucky enough to be sitting around your campfire.

Today’s Friday Foodie recipes come from the spectacular Love and Lemons, a blog that was established in 2011 by Austin-based couple Jeanine and Jack. Together they cook and shoot with the lightest of touches and I love, love, love reading and revisiting this ever so alluring blog. Jeanine writes the super healthy, largely vegetarian and gloriously colourful posts and recipes and together they taste and photograph them. It didn’t take them long to reach the great heights of winning the Best Cooking Blog award from the readers of Saveur magazine. No small feat.

I know you’ll love this blog as much as I do. Once again, I’ve chosen recipes that I think would be fantastic to make on and for your next camping trip. So get cooking happy campers!

Blackberry and lemon zest crostini, recipe here.

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Sambal salsa and black bean tacos, recipe here.

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Almond-ella spread, recipe here.

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Ginger kombucha cocktails, recipe here.

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Pea tendril and pistachio pesto, recipe here.

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Peanut soba spring rolls, recipe here.

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Spicy watermelon and avocado salad, recipe here.

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Tomato coconut shrimp curry, recipe here.

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Images via Love and Lemons, with thanks.

 

Friday Foodie: The Gloriously Delicious Yvette van Boven

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That got your attention didn’t it! Have you ever seen a more decadent, glorious, mouthwatering reveal of a cake?!! One picture and I was seriously in love. The mastermind behind this divine cardamom cake with poached pears (recipe here) is the utterly fabulous Irish-born-yet-Dutch Yvette van Boven. She divides her time between Amsterdam and Paris and for me, her cooking is a great way to get more European about what the food I make, which is nice feeling for an Aussie in London.

Yvette van Boven is not just a cook. She’s a food stylist, recipe writer, columnist, author (she has written five cookbooks) and she’s a shamingly good illustrator as well. The woman even makes her own butter for crissakes. As if that wasn’t enough, she’s bloody gorgeous to boot.

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I  love flicking through her books. They’re filled with her undeniably obvious delight of cooking, creating and eating and she makes it all feel utterly contagious! Resistance is futile. Her husband is her photographer (and a pretty mean cocktail maker as well) and if anyone asked me to put together a fantasy camping crowd, they’d be top of my list.

So here’s my choice of divine van Boven goodies to make for a camping trip:

Crab legs with garlic butter, recipe here.

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Homemade mustard, recipe here.

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Watercress with smoked almonds and goat’s cheese, recipe here.

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Thousand tomato salad with goat’s cheese ricotta, recipe here.

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Italian chicken stew, recipe here.

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Beef stew with red wine, recipe here.

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Quinoa apple cake, recipe here.

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Gooseberry and orange jam, recipe here.

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Make them at home. Make them when you’re camping. Make them for camping. Just make them and you’ll fall in love just like I did.

Enjoy campers!

Pictures & illustrations from Yvette van Boven with thanks.

 

Don’t go camping without these delicious marshmallows by Mallow and Marsh!

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Okay, so word association games are properly naff, I’ll give you that. But if someone yells “campfire” at a group of people, someone is definitely going to shout “marshmallows”! You know it, and I know it.

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Once the kids have burned their little fingers toasting dodgy big-packet marshmallows on your next camping holiday and gone to bed, it’s time for the big humans to bust out a stash of more grown up marshmallows—and by that I mean these glorious goodies by sweet start-up Mallow and Marsh.

While the company was the result of a nifty workshop weekend, since launching in November last year, they have travelled fast and straight up. And today, Mallow and Marsh launch across 40 Sainsburys’ stores across London.

Founder Harriot Pleydell-Bouverie was running an online jewellery business when she went on a working weekend to improve her business and innovation skills. Now I don’t know about you but I never actually thought those things actually worked, but that one sure did.

“I was working on a food project and I was challenged to make some marshmallows. Having never made them before, I spent most of the Saturday night slaving over a whisk. I came back to my group the next morning with some blue bacon marshmallows, and some other strange flavours. We handed them around and the reaction was amazing,” says Harriot. “I’ve never seen anything like it. I was hooked. I had no idea you could make a product that was so different from what you could buy. I started playing around with recipes, ideas, and flavours and marshmallows just got under my skin. In April last year I made the move to actually looking at the marshmallow market from a business perspective and by July I was working on it full time. ”

Roasted coconut is their biggest seller (try it dipped in Greek yoghurt).

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But my favourite? It’s definitely the raspberry with some freshly squeezed lime juice. Majorly divine.

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Harriot promises they’ll roast beautifully too. I’m definitely taking a stack on my next camping trip in May to dangle over the campfire. Just for the adults mind ….. these are way too good for my lovely, (but far less discerning!!!) kiddies….

Friday Foodie: Try Some Super Delicious Sandwiches by The Butty

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Alright, alright, I’ll confess. I. Have. Never … had a chip butty. There, I said it. I’m sure it will happen one day. I’ll be up North, it’ll be cold and late. There’s a high probability there’ll be rain. I’ll have had a few jolly beverages and BAM! That’s when it’ll go down. Thick white bread packing even thicker, hot potato chips. I’m not sure if I’m exactly looking forward to it. Really, I’m just resigned to the fact that it will happen. Hey, if you wind up living in the UK and you make friends, it’s only a matter of time before they’re gonna hit you with it…

I’m hoping though, that they’ll be reading this and will get a chance to check out the butty-Heaven that is to be found on The Butty. It’s sandwiches like you’ve never seen them. Sandwiches raised to their full glory, bars fully raised, lips well and truly smacked. Start with this flatiron steak sandwich with chimichurri, method here, (picture above). (Use the leftover chimichurri in a frying pan with some sweet corn kernels and you’ve got a fabulous side dish in minutes for later in the day).

What’s better, you can just make up a few things ahead of time, grab some handy store-bought ingredients, head to your campsite and you’ll have a lunch in moments, hearty enough to satisfy even the greatest cravings.

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Like the manly meatballer, method here.

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Need something hearty to start the day? French toast, bacon, duck egg and sausage sarnie, method here.

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Or try mackerel with pickled sweet pepper, method here.

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Grab a BBQ’d duck from your nearest China Town or take-away and you’ve got these yummy duck and spring onion butties, method here. Simple but good.

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Posh things up a bit with Etruscan pepperoni and Ardennes pate, method here.

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Bring some Italian flair to a camping lunch with this salami, chorizo and goats cheese sandwich, method here.

Feeling inspired? Yeah, me too. Chip butty be damned ….

 

Friday Foodie: Eat like an Angel with dishes by Deliciously Ella

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I, like many of us, have major (sometimes minor) bursts of healthy-eating, green juice-drinking angelic behaviour. Admittedly this has never actually taken place on a campsite. But Deliciously Ella has inspired me to make more of an effort. Written by Londoner Ella Woodward, this blog is full of healthy, vegan alternatives to the food we all love to eat more often. You know, like brownies, pizza and ice-cream. Don’t roll your eyes, there are some truly fabulous dishes and treats over there, and you will want to clean up your act.

Diagnosed with Postural Tachycardia Syndrome a few years ago, Woodward eventually took her health into her own hands and ditched chocolate bars for sweet potato wedges and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for fruit and veg. And it worked. She is now up and about and dealing with a new, busy and exciting life writing her blog, a cookbook and launching a new Deliciously Ella app. You go girl!

So, before your next camping trip, whizz up an apple, pear, avocado and spinach detox smoothie and plan some life-enhancing, energy-giving goodness-laden dishes to enjoy while sitting at your campfire.

LIke these zucchini apple muffins. Muffins are brilliant to make ahead and feed the kiddies when they wake up with the sun at dawn. It’ll hold them off until you’re actually ready to make them a proper brekkie. Find the recipe here.

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You could easily whip up a double or triple batch of this sweet potato, lentil and coconut curry ahead of time to feed the hoards. Then you just have to cook some rice or cous cows on site. Who doesn’t love curry? The recipe here.

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Light the campfire, BBQ some fish or chicken and serve this very handsome broccoli, avocado & lime salad, recipe here, alongside.

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I have found that when my kids are running around like little crazy, wild camping creatures, they get hungry and need a lot of snacks to keep going. Bread is an easy fix, but not ideal. However, to tide them over, you could try smearing a slice or two with this nutritious nutella, recipe here, made from nothing but naturally good ingredients. They’ll thank you for it eventually! Or you can serve it as a dip with fruit or a retro 70s-inspired filler for a stick of celery. I know you know what I’m talking about ….

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Keep the adults going with some delicious lettuce salsa wraps, recipe here, instead of a packet of crisps come mid-afternoon.

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Just imagine how good we’re all going to feel!! Enjoy people and have a great weekend!

 

 

 

Friday Foodie: The Vanilla Bean Blog

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I really love sourcing these Friday Foodie posts. There are so many fabulous cooks out there making such stunning and creative efforts with the food they’re cooking, the images they’re snapping and the words they’re penning. Or typing! The Vanilla Bean Blog is a case in point. Once a professional but self-taught baker, Sarah Kieffer left work to be a full time mother, which, you know, happens. In doing so, she slowly came to the realisation as she herself surfed food blogs, that she was lacking a culinary story, a kitchen journey.

There were no family recipe books passed down, filled with recipes known, made and devoured with love by those who had tied on apron strings and leaned over simmering pots before her, and before, and before. So Sarah decided this would start with her and that her children would have family food to turn to, and familiar recipes to make. There’s not much to beat that and I for one salute her efforts!

Kieffer also encourages guest posts which really shakes things up and some of the ideas that come via her internet-working are truly delicious as well. There are great quotes to read and ponder and I know you’ll love it.

As always I try to find food that would work just as well around a campfire, over hot coals or camping stove. These are my favourites:

This peanut butter granola with cacao nibs and bittersweet chocolate, recipe here, would be great to make ahead and take for an early breakfast!

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Warm lentil salad with cherries, pistachios and goat’s cheese, recipe here. Can you imagine this alongside some BBQ’d chicken or a side of salmon?

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And to seriously inspire your fellow campers to get into the day, try this einkorn dutch baby with maple-bourbon peaches, recipe here. I mean, how enticing does that sound?!

And I love a nutty wild rice salad, recipe here. They’re great to make ahead and are ready to go as soon as all the tents are up, the campfire lit and the sausages are cooked. Visit Kieffer’s blog. I know you’ll become fans.

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All images via The Vanilla Bean Blog, with thanks.