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.

 

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How to create that campfire magic with Campfire Cologne

Beards are pretty big in East London. But not as big as they are in America. Hell, is anything?! And while the shorter, more manicured man-lawn seen around these parts may not be enough to qualify as a beard by American standards, this may just be the product that kicks people into hirsute-ville. Ditch the beard trimmers men, and get onboard! Respect. The. Beard.

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These hilarious scents are created by American brand Campfire Cologne. Order some here. Buy it for yourself or convince your man to turn that stubble into more of a growing concern.campfirecologne-1campfirecologne-3

 

 

Images via Campfire Cologne with thanks.

 

Thrifty Thursday camping gear: Tell the Best Ever Tent-Time Stories with Projecteo!

 

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No one seems to dedicate enough time holding a torch below their face and telling stupid stories around the campfire in order to freak kids out before sending them to sleep in a tent. What’s wrong with us these days, eh?! Maybe it’s because we’ve been hanging out for something better? Well here it is campers. Projecteo, the world’s first Kickstarter-fuelled, teeny tiny instagram projector.

 

 

 All you do is sign in with Instagram, choose nine images which are then developed onto a single frame of 35mm film which is inserted into a wheel. Then it arrives in the post and away you go! They work using little watch batteries and are so small you could easily squeeze one in alongside your now redundant spooky-story-telling-prop torch.

So here’s the plan. Come up with a story. Take some illustrative insta-pics for it. Send them through to Projecteo and you’re away. Once the kiddies are tucked into their sleeping bags, get the story started and someone in or outside the tent can flick the slideshow on and flip the pics as the story goes on. Cool, right? The kids will love it!

Or you could just show great pics from old camping trips, but you know, that’s not nearly as exciting ….

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Get started here. They’re only $US34.98/£21 with worldwide shipping. projecteo-11projecteo-9

 

 

All images courtesy of Projecteo, 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.

 

The Grill of Campions (!!!): The Plancha

VUE_FACE-PLAA-REI’m flexing my camping muscles for the first time this year. They’re a little rusty, but packing is underway for this weekend’s camping trip. When I say underway, I mean I’ve relieved four new sleeping bags from their packaging. And put them on the couch. Anyway …, I’m enjoying the fantasy that I’ll have space in the car for some bits of new camping kit. I may have to leave one kid at home, but hey.

Top of my list is a Plancha gas grill. I mean just look at this baby. Glorious.

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They heat up in three minutes, are easy to clean, can handle cooking lots of things that don’t work on a barbie and you can cook for up to 12 people at once. Seriously. Think about it. Millions of burger-flippers the world over can not be wrong.Verycook_20

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See for yourself how great they are over here. I’m seriously in love. Now comes the hard part. Choosing the colour. There are 10 of them. Oh, and deciding which kid to leave behind…

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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).

Roasted Coconut - smallCappuccino started as a Limited Edition flavour, but has proven so popular, it’s soon to launch as an official flavour.

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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….

Sunday Best: Like Enamel? Check Out Our Favourite Pieces for Camping

enamel12I have a thing for enamel. It’s serious, not some fleeting interest and it’s been going on for a while now. There are just some things a girl can’t help. So my first Sunday Best post is dedicated to the stuff. These new posts are my little round-ups of favourite camping kit. Maybe you’ll discover some new crushes of your own, or maybe we’ll just validate your secret passion for items of camping gear. Either way, it’s a nice way to start a Sunday in our opinion. And if reading is followed by a quick online-shopping spree … Well, so be it. Things could be worse after all.

I’m loving the two-tier lunch pail (£55) from Objects of Use, pictured above. There’s a campsite my family and I sometimes visit and it runs along a little canal-like river. There’s fishing to be had and afternoons spent clambering over old boats tied to the shore. This would be great for packing little snacks and even bait, and it’s small enough for little ones to carry themselves. Adorable.

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enamel7It was only a matter of time before cutlery found itself dipped in enamel. And these pieces from Cachette are yummy. Finished by hand, so each piece is ever-so-slightly different, there are matching salad servers too, for those so inclined. Prices start at €11.50. To the Wish List with you immediately!!

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I recently gave two of these large, lidded mugs (£22) to friends who spend weekends tending their allotment. They’d be brilliant on a camping trip too. Your tea/coffee/soup will be kept warm, and safe from ash from the campfire too! And I couldn’t resist this little candle holder (£12). Is there a better way to light up the loo? Both are from Labour and Wait.

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enamel1If you’ve visited my site before, you’ll know I love a camping, cooking and eating delicious dishes. So, your orders are to make a hefty curry in this round food canister (€41.50) from Le Repere des Belettes. Pop the lid on. Pack it in the car. Bung it on the campfire. Voila. Dinner. Love. It.

Happy Sunday Campers!

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 ….

 

Our Favourite Camping Gear from Best Made Co.

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Best Made is an American company that was established in 2009 to fill the gap in the market for a high quality, brilliantly made axe, the “oldest and most invaluable tool known to mankind”. A year later Best Made’s limited edition axes were featured in an exhibit at the Saatchi Gallery in London. Which is not so much a statement on their performance (can you actually imagine Charles Saatchi camping?!), but does speak to their  rapidly (and well-earned) achieved icon status. They soon joined forces with some of the world’s best manufacturers and broadened their product base to include clothing, bags, first aid kits, maps and more. Which is great for all of us who don’t often find ourselves chopping wood.

Their products are Tonka-tough, beautifully made and elegant in the best sense of the word. Even better, when pushed, they perform. And they keep performing. These goodies are made to last and they’ll survive whatever we and the world throw at them.

These are our picks from the Best Made catalogue:

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Best Made works with some of the worlds best manufacturers to create their ranges and their enamelware is no exception. The best feature? The rim — the spot that gets the most abuse — is reinforced with a double dipping of enamel. This is true of their plates, cups and pots. Prices start at $US32 for a set of two mugs.

I truly love their traditional dinner bell ($US50). It’s brings a brilliant touch to any campsite and will lure even the most busy and far-wandering campers back to the campfire.

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Perfect for all outdoorsy people of the man variety is the Best Made field shirt ($US165). Or maybe a flannel pullover ($US142)? It’s hard to choose …

There was a minor flurry on Twitter recently as to whether Hudsalve ($US12) is a Danish or a Swedish life saver. Either way, this stuff is brilliant and seemingly useful for just about everything and anything! Designed for one of the Scandinavian military forces, and rapidly adopted by mountaineers and adventurers, Hudsalve is a no-frills skin protection for lips, face, hands, elbows, and feet. It can also be used to grease steel ware, condition boots and many tweets told tales of cooking with it. It’s like Vaseline on steroids.

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You can’t go wrong with a cosy Lumberlander Camp Blanket ($US184) for keeping warm on those nights where you find the conversation around the campfire more enticing than your sleeping bag.bestmade8

And you may find this strange, but I’m also seriously liking their Tengui ($US6). These can be used to hold a chopping board in place and clean knives and work surfaces. An essential bit of kit found in most Japanese homes, it’s also used as a dishcloth, hand towel, even a bandana if you’re so inclined! It’s multi-purpose items like these that become invaluable on a campsite. bestmade27They even sell their own maple syrup! Go and check them out, there’s loads more and their gear will seriously get your camping juices going.

 

Camping Gear: Seriously Stylish Solar Lighting by Maiori

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Nearly 400 years ago, the streets of Paris were first lit up with the “réverbère” gas lamp. The light brought people to the streets at night, where they could enjoy each other’s company no matter what the time. It’s why Paris is known as the City of Light. What on earth does this have to do with camping you ask? Well, inspired by these traditional gas lamps, Maiori Objects of Design have created a sustainable, eco-friendly, moveable outdoor lamp. I love a bit of lighting to illuminate the blackness around a campfire and add atmosphere to a great camping trip, and these are just super flash.

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Recently launched at the 2014 International Furniture Fair in Singapore, ‘la lampe paris’ is designed to fit both indoors and outdoors: in other words, it’s weatherproof but gorgeous! And there are 26 different combinations (a black or white frame and base, and 13 color fabric shades).

The lamp will work as both a hanging lantern (it comes with a hook); or a standing lamp and the lampshade is fully adjustable. The solar panels detach so you don’t have to move the lamp around to score the best sun spots and they’ll stay lit for three and a half to seven hours depending on which of the three light modes it is set to: low, medium or high intensity. And they turn on automatically at night.maiori solar lamp_5

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They’re €329 and available to order from here. Campfire style at it’s best.