There are a lot of fantastic recipes you can find on the web or in cookbooks if you need some inspiration for your camp kitchen. While many of these recipes are delicious and come out great, sometimes they are coming from people who haven’t spent too much time on the trail themselves. Wouldn’t it be great to try some food by people who live their entire life in the outdoors? Try these amazing recipes created by people who know what it’s like being in the wilderness.
1. Plov With Fruit and Nuts
This is a Siberian dish that will be a good change from the typical cereals and granola you’re used to having on a hike.
- 1.5 liters of water
- 450 grams of rice
- 50 grams each of walnuts and hazelnuts
- 100 grams of candied fruit
- 75 grams of white raisins
- 100 grams of sunflower oil
- Salt and sugar
Heat the sunflower oil, then remove it from the heat. Add the nuts and fruit. Mix well until oil cools down. When the nuts and fruit are well mixed, separate the entire mixture, keeping the oil in the pot. Pour in the rice with the water. Let it boil, then simmer the rice for 20 minutes. When it’s finished, add the sugar and salt, and let the rice steam by wrapping the pot, covered, in a sleeping bag. When it’s ready, add the nut and fruit mixture and the raisins. Mix it all together well and sprinkle some cinnamon on top.
2. Geda With Tomato and Egg
The Mongols are one of the last true nomadic people on Earth, and even though most of their yurts have satellites, they still have recipes to make cooking on the go easy. Try this one on your next camping trip.
- 2 cups of flour
- 2 tomatoes
- 3 eggs
- A little cooking oil and water
Cut the tomatoes into bite-sized chunks and fry them in a pan with oil. In a pot, add flour and water. Boil the water and flour, then add it to the tomatoes. Mix with chopsticks. Meanwhile, beat the eggs. After ten minutes, add the eggs, and keep mixing it all together. Now you got yourself a tasty and simple Mongolian stew!
Shakshuka today is a favorite in Israel and Arabic countries. Though it’s not certain exactly how it originated, it might be safe to assume that some of the Bedouin tribes in the area resorted to this delicious meal.
- ½ a medium onion
- 1 clove of garlic
- Diced green and red pepper
- 4 cups diced tomatoes
- 2 tbsp of tomato paste
- Spices: Cayenne pepper, chili powder, cumin, paprika, sugar, salt and pepper
- 5-6 eggs
- Some chopped parsley to throw on top
Saute onions in olive oil. Add garlic, then wait until the onions are soft. Add peppers and stir. After a few minutes, add tomatoes and tomato paste, and throw the spices on top. Let it all simmer, well mixed, for about 6 minutes. Crack the eggs inside, cover, and let them cook. (Do not mix the eggs.) Garnish with parsley, and eat with slices of bread. Yum!
4. Pemmican Cakes
The aboriginal people of North America are now known as the First Nations tribes in Canada. Though, merely labeling these groups as such is quite controversial. Though a lot has changed since the Europeans came in, this recipe has long been an important one. It will no doubt be a great addition to your campsite.
- 2 cups of dates
- 3 cups of powdered jerky
- 2 cups of raisins
- 2 cups of nuts
Grind all the ingredients together, except for the honey. Instead, add a little honey little by little, mix, then add more. Repeat until the honey binds the other ingredients together. Pour into a pan, or cut directly into bars. Refrigerate until hard, then bring with you on the trail. A wonderful summer snack!
5. Forest Pancakes
This is another Siberian recipe that’s great for breakfast around the campfire. It takes a little longer to make, but you can wake up early and prepare the dough, go on a small hike, then come back, and be ready to cook.
- 10-12 tbsp of flour
- 2 tbsp of powdered milk with a pinch of salt
- Baking powder: ¼ tsp of baking soda and ⅛ Tsp of citrus acid
- A little sugar and vanilla if you like it sweet
- Add some nuts or raisins for taste
Mix all the ingredients together until it has a gooey consistency, then fry in a pan with some butter. Easy, delicious, and also perfect for a rainy summer day!
There are so many recipes you can cook on a camping trip, found on websites and in cookbooks galore. But why not take a few tips from people who are expert at being outside? These recipes have lasted them for hundreds of years, surely they’ll be good for you, too!