First of all, I think I need to apologise. I feel that Campfire Kitchen has been slacking for the better part of a year… But have I? I am sure I do not have to go into the reasons why I haven’t wanted to sit down and start writing recipes. As a teacher, I now do most of my work on a screen, I have been running Scout section meetings on Zoom. Every Friday I take part in a Zoom quiz run by local brewery, Boundary Brewing (I recommend that by the way, we won last week). I even do all my socialising with my friends and family online. I’m sure you’ll forgive me if I don’t want to sit in front of the laptop for another few hours a week… So actually, no, I am not going to say sorry. I had to do what was right for me. Now that that is out of the way, what am I up to?
So let’s say I have taken a bit of a break from writing. I assure you, I have not taken a break from cooking – indoors and outside. So what is Campfire Kitchen planning over the next few months?
No, not fully. We were vegetarian for January in my house which, to be honest, wasn’t that much of a challenge. We still eat vegetarian around four days per week. Money saved, because meat is expensive, allows us to buy higher welfare, locally sourced produce. With the rise of environmental concerns regarding meat, I do plan to do a lot more camp food recipes for vegetarian Scouts and campers. I imagine concern-for-the-environment-based vegetarianism is a “problem” that lots of Scout Leaders will face when we are finally allowed to camp again.
I have also been playing a lot more with “World Foods”, particularly Asian cuisines. Getting to know my Oriental Supermarket in Belfast a bit better has been exciting! Today I am planning to cook up some Sticky Korean BBQ Wings to go with the rugby. My stir fries and ramen dishes are calling out for a campfire iteration!
I have been working on a number of projects over the last few months. First recipe went out this morning! It’s a delicious Jambalaya recipe inspired by America’s state of Louisiana. It is a great introduction to Dutch Oven cooking because you don’t need to worry about coal temperature. It’s easy!
Back to Scouting
I also want to go back to basics, we started out as a Scout recipe website with a bit of BBQ. Campfire Kitchen has lost sight of that a little with more complicated recipes that most young people wouldn’t attempt. I want to catalogue some of the backwoods cooking that every Scout should be making when completing their Backwoods badges. Think cooking on sticks and using foil – I am excited about that!
So consider this my break over. Keep an eye on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to watch out for new content. Get outside and get cooking! And if you can’t get outside, start practising your recipes for your next government sanctioned adventure in your kitchen!