Our book-launch celebrations started off last weekend with a camping trip to the lovely Kitts Cottage Campsite (see www.kittscamp.co.uk) with close friends. Here was where we put the Family Camping Cookbook to the test with two other families. Each family had three recipes from the book and had to cook for 6 adults, 2 teenagers and 7 children. It was a little windy, but dry enough . . . .
As it was everyone’s first camping weekend of the season, we all made sure we made use of the Equipment and Camping Store Cupboard Checklists, and then decided on the recipes. With a couple of vegetarians and a full range of ages, we decided to mix and match a couple of meal plans.
Jim and I cooked up the first meal on the Friday night – Chicken Satay Skewers or Barbecued
Tuna with Thai dressing, both served with Asian Salad. We felt with young kids to win over the skewers with their peanut butter dip, would go down a treat. They certainly did! And the tuna was delicious too (picked up from the fantastic fishmonger in East Wittering (‘Something Fishy’) earlier that morning). Afterwards, we had Barbecued Pineapple Wedges – put on the barbecue while we we eating our main
course, and scrumptiously caramelised by the time we came to eat them! Dave and Miranda were our breakfast team, and Saturday breakfast was the must-have One Pan Full English. Served with Dave’s special chutneys, we were in breakfast heaven (although with that many it wasn’t strictly ‘one pan’!) And the delicious alternative for the veggies was smoked salmon and scrambled eggs . . . Yes, we were all happy campers!
Clare and Robbie and their four children were responsible for Saturday night: Lebanese Lamb Kebabs (Lahem Meshwi) or Halloumi & Vegetable Kebabs, both served with pitta bread and garlic dip. Whilst their youngest got very busy skewering kebabs, their eldest was principle barbecue chef. Again it was a huge success particularly as everyone, including the youngest children, were so involved in the preparing and cooking.
This family participation continued on in to the night as we all enjoyed a Chocolate Fondue, and listened to Clare and Robbie’s daughter, Anna B, on guitar. (Listen to her perform her own songs on YouTube – she’s fab! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvW5zTshr1Y)
Dave and Miranda were back on duty for Sunday breakfast and we all enjoyed Apricot filled French toasts, with a few left over sausages and bits of bacon. The perfect way to finish off our fanatastic camping weekend! And think we all agreed that Family Camping Cookbook passed the test.