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Comforting Camp Stew – Next-Level Campfire Cooking

Camping is a favourite family tradition in North Queensland. No matter the season up here, it’s perfect weather to gather up the tent or clean the caravan, relocate all the camping gear and prepare for days of relaxation and fun in the great outdoors. Sometimes, what can make or break a camping trip is the food! We know how hard it can be to prepare and cook good meals when camping (we’ve been there), and as much as we love the old favourites, we also love variety. So, to help us all ‘mix it up’ and ‘up our campfire cooking game,’ try out this minimal but tasty recipe for comforting camp stew. 

Comforting Camp Stew

This delicious, warming and hearty meal can be made in an oven or pot over coals or fire. You will need several ingredients, but you definitely won’t regret making it! You can also choose between different vegetable options to personalise the recipe to your taste.

Ingredients: 

2 carrots

1 brown onion, thinly sliced

2 potatoes

1 Tbsp oil

750g beef stew meat

2 Tbsp tomato paste

400ml beef stock

1 tsp oregano

2 garlic cloves, crushed

1 – 3 Tbsp plain flour for thickening sauce

Salt and pepper

Other optional vegetables: peas, corn, green beans, root vegetables such as parsnip, mushrooms

Method:

Heat the oil in a pot over medium high heat. Cook the beef until brown.

Add chopped onion and garlic and cook for roughly five minutes. Then add the tomato paste.

Stir in the stock, then add the potatoes, carrots and oregano. Cook until vegetables are softened (20 – 45 minutes), adding the flour until sauce reaches desired thickness.

Add salt and pepper.

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No Oven Pizza – Next-Level Campfire Cooking

Camping is a favourite family tradition in North Queensland. No matter the season up here, it’s perfect weather to gather up the tent or clean the caravan, relocate all the camping gear and prepare for days of relaxation and fun in the great outdoors. Sometimes, what can make or break a camping trip is the food! We know how hard it can be to prepare and cook good meals when camping (we’ve been there), and as much as we love the old favourites, we also love variety. So, why not try out this no oven pizza? It’s not difficult to make and is still soooo tasty! 

No Oven Pizza

Replace the oven for a pan with this awesome and easy recipe. Simply buy pizza bases, the toppings of your choice, then cook it in a pan over whatever stove or fire you have! It will be so tasty, plus pizza makes a great interactive meal for the family.

Ingredients:

Store-bought pizza bases, depending on how many pizzas you want to make

Tomato paste – make sure to buy enough to lightly cover the entirety of each pizza base that you use

Oil spray

Topping options:

Grated cheese

Chopped mushrooms

Pepperoni

Ham

Chicken

Tomatoes

Capsicum (any colour!)

Canned pineapple

Olives

Onion (brown, red, green)

Sausage

Bacon

When buying the toppings, take into account how much you will need for each pizza that you plan on making.

Method:

When making the pizzas, put on as many toppings as you would like and combine them in whatever ways you choose – there are no rules when it comes to making your own special, camp-made pizzas!

Spray a medium to large pan lightly with oil spray. You can place the pizza base on the pan before heating and then add the toppings while the pan heats up. Or, you can put the pizza, made with toppings, onto the hot pan.

Cook until the bottom is firm and browned, the cheese has melted and the rest of the toppings are cooked through.

Alternatively, pre cook the toppings that you choose so that they only need to be heated through once on top of the pizza. This can help avoid a burnt or overly crunchy pizza base.

Tip: pre-chop all your toppings at home before heading out camping.

 

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Campfire Potatoes – Next-Level Campfire Cooking

Camping is a favourite family tradition in North Queensland. No matter the season up here, it’s perfect weather to gather up the tent or clean the caravan, relocate all the camping gear and prepare for days of relaxation and fun in the great outdoors. Sometimes, what can make or break a camping trip is the food! We know how hard it can be to prepare and cook good meals when camping (we’ve been there), and as much as we love the old favourites, we also love variety. A great dish to make are campfire potatoes! Campfire potatoes are easy, filling, nutritious and tasty – everything you could want. You can choose what ingredients to stuff the potatoes with, then wrap them in tin foil and cook away. As a bonus, they don’t require any clean up once done, making them perfect for a meal under the stars.

This recipe is based on a family of four, with each person having one campfire potato. If you have more family members or each person wants multiple potatoes, buy extra ingredients (remember, it’s better to have too much that you can use as a snack later on rather that not enough). 

Ingredients:

1 large potato per person

1 cup grated cheese

¾ cup sour cream

200g bacon or ham

4 Tbsp butter

8 tsp chives

Salt and pepper to taste

Oil Spray

+ tin foil

Method:

Spray the insides of 4 large pieces of tin foil with the spray. Pierce each potato several times all over with a fork then wrap them individually and tightly in the tin foil.

You can cook the bacon or ham by wrapping it with the potato, cooking it beforehand or cooking it separately to the potatoes at the same time.

Cook the potatoes over a fire (it should be glowing red but without flames) for roughly an hour. You can use a camping stove too, of course.

To test if they are done, pierce a knife or fork to the middle and see how easily it goes in. The potatoes are done when the fork slides in easily.

Open up the foil of each potato and cut each one open with a knife. Scoop the butter in first then divide the ingredients between each potato evenly. Eat away!

 

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Haloumi Burgers – Next-Level Campfire Cooking

Camping is a favourite family tradition in North Queensland. No matter the season up here, it’s perfect weather to gather up the tent or clean the caravan, relocate all the camping gear and prepare for days of relaxation and fun in the great outdoors. Sometimes, what can make or break a camping trip is the food! We know how hard it can be to prepare and cook good meals when camping (we’ve been there), and as much as we love the old favourites, we also love variety. So, check out the easy recipe below and try haloumi burgers with veggies in place of the ‘usual’ meat burgers. 

Haloumi Burgers

Veggie haloumi burgers are a unique, great meal for a family lunch or dinner while camping. They’ll taste like they’re hard to make but we promise they’re not! Simply heat up a barbeque or camping stove to cook the haloumi slices for a few minutes, then build your burger and enjoy.

Ingredients:

250g haloumi cheese

Oil spray

4 burger buns

1 large tomato, sliced

1 large lettuce leaf – shred into equal pieces

Sauce of your choice, such as mayo or sweet chilli sauce

Additional. Optional ingredients:

Cucumber slices

Grated carrot

Method:

Heat up a camping barbeque or stove. Cut the haloumi into 8 pieces, lightly spray with cooking spray, and fry for a couple of minutes on each side. Cook it for longer if you want it to be firmer.

You can also toast each bun for a couple of minutes, but be careful that they don’t burn.

Slice open each bun and put all of the ingredients into them (evenly), placing each ingredient on top of each other and finishing it off with the top of the bun.

If you know the family won’t be full after just once burger, double the ingredients and have multiple burgers each. Don’t be afraid to serve them with whatever else you want – there are no meal rules when camping!

 

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Scrambled Eggs With Veg – Next-Level Campfire Cooking

Camping is a favourite family tradition in North Queensland. No matter the season up here, it’s perfect weather to gather up the tent or clean the caravan, relocate all the camping gear and prepare for days of relaxation and fun in the great outdoors. Sometimes, what can make or break a camping trip is the food! We know how hard it can be to prepare and cook good meals when camping (we’ve been there), and as much as we love the old favourites, we also love variety. Eggs are versatile, basic and yet taste so good. You can boil them, fry them, and more when camping, just as you would at home. But why not turn them into a full meal instead by mixing the veggies right in to make our scrambled eggs with veg recipe? Get your ingredients ready to whip up an uncomplicated, quick, and healthy dish. Feel free to add in or take out whatever vegetables you desire! 

Ingredients:

6 – 12 eggs

1/3 cup milk

1 large tomato, sliced

4 large mushrooms, chopped

1/3 red capsicum, chopped finely

1/3 green capsicum, chopped finely

OR 1/3 brown onion, chopped finely

Oil spray or 1 Tbsp butter

Salt and pepper

Optional: serve on toasted bread

Method:

In a bowl, mix the eggs until the mixture is smoothly blended. Stir in the milk.

Heat a pan and melt the butter (or spray on the oil). Stir in the egg mixture as well as all of the chopped vegetables. Cook until eggs are no longer running.

If you prefer well-cooked or fried vegetables, you can fry or boil them before you stir them into the eggs. 

Tip: Fry brown onion and mushrooms together in butter until browned first (they take the longest to cook). Then add other ingredients.

 

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Fluffy Campfire Pancakes – Next-Level Campfire Cooking

Camping is a favourite family tradition in North Queensland. No matter the season up here, it’s perfect weather to gather up the tent or clean the caravan, relocate all the camping gear and prepare for days of relaxation and fun in the great outdoors. Sometimes, what can make or break a camping trip is the food! We know how hard it can be to prepare and cook good meals when camping (we’ve been there), and as much as we love the old favourites, we also love variety. Pancakes are a traditional and much-loved breakfast meal. And, guess what? Just because you’re camping doesn’t mean you can’t eat your favourite tasty foods! Try out our fluffy campfire pancakes recipe for a quick and easy start to the day. Instead of putting together the dry mix while you’re experiencing the outdoors, simply pre-mix it before you go camping. 

Store the dry ingredients in a ziplock bag, to mix with the wet ingredients whenever you decide to cook the pancakes. This recipe does require you to take butter, an egg or two and water to finish the batter and for cooking.

Ingredients:

1 ½ cups plain flour

½ cup sugar

1/3 cup milk powder (unless you have an esky while camping to store cold items, in which case you can replace the amount of water below with milk)

4 ½ tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

½ cup – 1 cup water (depends on how thick you want the mixture)

2 eggs

Bring at least 50g butter (feel free to bring more and use it to cook every single pancake, even if the pan is non-stick, to give the pancakes extra flavour. Just know that this isn’t exactly healthy!).

Method:

Mix together all of the dry ingredients in a ziplock bag by putting them in and shaking the bag. Store away safely.

When camping, mix the wet and dry ingredients together in a bowl or bottle or whatever works best for you. Melt butter on the pan first, then cook each pancake until golden brown on both sides.

Tip: Serve with fruit such as bananas or berries for extra delicious-ness!

 

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