I love camping! The fresh air, the sunshine (hopefully!) and the ability to do all your cooking outdoors make it one of my most favourite things. I love trying to cook more adventurous things when I am outdoors such as Fish in a Bag! and lots of wonderful dishes when Jo’s Kitchen became Jo’s Field Kitchen!
At the moment I am really enjoying Asian flavours and one of my most loved and healthiest dishes is chicken noodle soup. It is very easy to prepare all in one saucepan, whether you are after an easy after work supper or want to cook something easy but different from the norm when camping.
Chicken Noodle Soup
Ingredients (serves 4)
- Leftover chicken or 400g boneless and skinless chicken thighs, chopped into chunks
- 4-6 spring onions, chopped
- 1/2 inch piece of ginger, peeled and chopped finely
- 2 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped finely
- 1 de-seeded chilli, chopped finely
- 2 balls of dried egg noodles
- 1/2 teaspoon Chinese Five Spice
- 1 tablespoon of Soy Sauce
- 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
- Small bunch of coriander, chopped
- Put the oil in a saucepan and heat up. Add the spring onions, garlic, ginger and chilli and fry until softened.
- If using uncooked chicken, add it in now and fry until it is white all over and starting to go golden brown.
- Add in the stock and allow the chicken to cook for a few minutes, then add in the noodles and cook according to the package instructions.
- Finally, add in the cooked chicken (if using) and finish with fresh coriander. Serve and enjoy!
Please let me know if you try this recipe. I really hope it will become one of your family favourites like it has for us.
This post is in association with Thomson Alfresco
Disclosure: I received payment in kind of products from Lakeland in exchange for doing this post.
A couple of weeks ago, I told you about the Tesco Real Food BBQ Challenge. While I was in Cornwall on holiday over Bank Holiday, I cooked a recipe using local fish and produce and have submitted into the BBQ Challenge. I decided to cook ‘Fish In A Bag!’ as you can use whatever fish/vegetables you would like, its very easy and simple and can also be cooked in the oven should the weather change and you cannot cook outside. While in Cornwall, I used Whiting that I brought from Armenack Fisheries in Falmouth but you could use any firm white fish or salmon to make this recipe.
We were camping near St Ives and while I got the dish ready to go onto the BBQ kindly supplied by Tesco, I let Stuart heat up the charcoal and get the BBQ ready to use.
Fish In A Bag!
Ingredients (Serves 2)
- 2 fish fillets of your choice, boned and skinless if preferred
- 8-10 new potatoes, cooked until tender, chopped into halves or quarters depending on size
- Half a red onion, chopped into medium sized chunks
- Small bunch of parsley, chopped finely
- 50g butter
- Large drizzle of olive oil
- 50ml white wine
- Sea Salt and Black Pepper
- Half a small sized lemon, juiced
- In a roasting bag or make the bag yourself using tin foil, add in all the ingredients leaving the liquids until last. Seal the bag/tin foil.
- Put the bag on a preheated BBQ and leave it to cook for 10-15 minutes, depending on size of fish with the lid down. If at home and using the oven, cook at 180 degrees C for 15 minutes.
- Cut open the foil bag and serve with good bread, salad and large glass of white wine.
As you can see this recipe is very easy and if I can make it on a windy camp site in Cornwall, you can most certainly make it in your back garden at home.
Many thanks to Helen for inviting me to take part in this challenge
Happy Cooking or BBQing!
PS: A few weeks ago, I went to handmade burger Co in Birmingham to sample their food ahead of them coming to the Bullring as part of the Spiceal Street development. You can see what I thought on the Browse Bullring site here.
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A short time ago, I went on an archaeological dig in Shropshire for a couple of weeks. This involved 30 of us, living in a farmers field camping in tents during the hottest two weeks of the year so far. After spending all of the day digging, there were 30 very hungry people on site and Jo’s Kitchen turned into Jo’s Field Kitchen. To feed everyone, we used an ex-Army field kitchen that is normally used in war zones to feed up to a 100 soldiers at a time.
The stove did prove to be slightly temperamental as unlike army chefs who are trained how to use it, we had to work it out for ourselves. It took us a little while but we soon cracked it. The stove also came with a big metal box that you could put on top of the stove and have an oven if you wanted too. The students took it in turns to cook and I just gave advice whenever needed most of the time. In our little field kitchen, we were able to make:
- Sausages, Mash and Beans
- Shepherd’s Pie
- Pasta with a very yummy tomato sauce
- Jacket Potatoes with various fillings
- Veggie stew
- Chilli con Carne
- Roast chicken drumsticks, with cous cous and salad
- Barley Risotto
- My very own new potato and spinach curry (chicken version recipe here)
In the end, I made so much curry and everyone loved it so much, that we had it twice in a row. Helping me help the students to cook was another student called Beth, who was staying in a caravan on site with us. As she had a normal oven, she was able to bake us lots of cakes, flapjacks and biscuits that made everyone very happy. She also planned the menu for the dig and was always on hand to offer advice and help. Thanks for all your hard work Beth.
I have recently brought The Camping Cookbook by Annie Bell which is full of lots of ideas that I intend to use the next time we go on a dig like this again or go camping with Stuart. The book also looks quite suitable for students going to university and having to cook on their own for the first time, as it full of ideas that only need a stove top to cook on. Overall, we all had a fabulous time on the dig. The archaeology, the weather, the people and the food were all fantastic! I hope this post has inspired people that camping cooking is not just opening a tin of beans. You can cook wonderful food- you just need to put a little thought into it.
Until next time,
PS: Don’t forget about my Masterchef Apron Competition. You have until Wednesday at 12 noon BST to enter. All details and how to enter here
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