This is a commissioned post in conjunction with Simply Hike.
We are deep into camping season around here – We’ve got webbed feet to prove it too! After 9 years of caravanning, we know a thing or two about what works for us, food wise. This summer, we are spending a month (off and on) in the Lake District where we are doing sooo much walking. Camping for us means getting out and about, discovering new places as well as revisiting our old faves. Also, as the children are getting older, we can merrily hike up to 6 miles now as long as there are a few stops along the way.
What we have realised though, is that all 3 children need to know what food will be waiting for them almost as soon as we get back to the van. Even if the price of eating out in the Lakes wasn’t astronomical, we would still be wanting to cook familiar and fresh food for us all. I’ve said it so many times that I believe the key to a happy holiday and well behaved, contented children is in the food that they eat. If they are full of goodness, healthy and tasty meals, they will sleep better, get along better and generally family harmony will be easier to come by. (well, that’s the plan at least!)
One of our favourite ways to cook is individual portions, wrapped in foil cooked on our beloved (if a little weather worn) Cadac BBQ. Even after having our heater for 7 years now, we still haven’t got round to investing in a lid so foil parcels are a god send especially when its raining (Which it does a LOT in the Lakes). I like to prepare the parcels in the morning before we head off for the day, along with any accompaniments that we will be having – CousCous, Salad, Buttery potatoes and even chips picked up from the chippy on the way home, all go well with these Spicy Prawn Parcels.
The beauty of these parcels is that you can serve whatever veg you have with you – We always have loads of peppers but green beans, mange tout, baby sweetcorn and even julienne carrot batons go brilliantly too. Because it is camping, I try to keep spices to a minimum – Who wants to cart round loads of jars of spices on their hols? Slicing the vegetables really thinly and using pre-cooked prawns means that really the parcels only need to be heated for a maximum of 10 minutes – perfect for starving walkers! (PS If it is absolutely chucking it down outside, the parcels can also be cooked in a normal oven for 15 minutes)
I was set the challenge of sharing one of our recipes that we use when camping by Simply Hike. Simply Hike are providers of outdoor clothing, equipment and footwear for outdoor adventures.