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.

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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.