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.

Camping Gear: Take a Mikko Bird Feeder Camping

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A little whimsy goes a long way on a Monday …. and my squishy inner outdoor goddess has fallen in love with these divine bird feeders by French design studio Pygmalion. The collection, called Mikko, is made of ceramic and wood and can be secured with tough all-weather elastic, which is gentle on trees and means that they can be moved wherever you like. How nice to take one camping with  you so you can get your twitch on and entice some feathered friends to your campsite ….

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Currently at prototype stage, these are heading into production any day now, so stay tuned and we’ll let you know as soon as you can  buy them.

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Thrifty Thursday: On Campsites This Year it’ll be all about the felt garland!

It’s the little things that count and when it comes to making a campsite your own, this holds true. Don’t get me wrong, I love a bit of bunting, but this year I’m adding some felt garlands to my decorating kit. (Yes, I have one. You don’t?!)  Wrapped around a tree trunk, hooked from tent to shrub or hanging around a shelter, it’ll be the most gorgeous way to mark your territory! This handmade, 6-foot garland is only £13.59 from The Fickle Felt Tree.

Out There: Camp in the Grand Canyon

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We all know how stunning the Grand Canyon is, but did you know you can camp there? The campsite is at Havasu Falls near Supai, Arizona and is the sacred home to the Havasupai Indians, the “people of the blue-green water”. Campers set out from Hualapai Hilltop and hike a 10 mile trail through rock canyons to the campsite (although you can catch a helicopter, horse ride in or have donkeys carry your gear). Supai is the only place in the Grand Canyon still inhabited by native people and it’s from here you can visit the four local waterfalls: Navajo, Havasu, Mooney and Beaver Falls.

The waters are turquoise thanks to the high levels of magnesium in the water and you can swim in the pristine travertine pools and hike along the many river beds. Seriously beautiful. Makes you want to get out there. See here for more information.