I wanted to share another camping meal Kelly and I made. Not nearly as extravagant as paella on the campfire, but still quite a tasty meal and real easy to do camping. As a bonus we were able to source more than half of our ingredients from our CSA box!
Kabobs are a great camping meal. Similar to the paella though, to do over the fire, you need to work on creating some good coals. Start the fire hours before you intend on cooking to make sure you have plenty of hot coals to cook with.
We were able to use some new skewers we purchased recently and they worked great. These particular skewers are put out by Steven Raichlen. If anyone doesn’t recognize Steven’s name, you should. He has written several books on BBQ’n and is the host of Primal Grill on PBS. He is one of the most respected BBQ expert in the country. Brandon Henak swears by his books.
I’m really quite proud of my set up here. We bought two metal polls from Home Depot and laid them across two logs we set up on each side of the fire. This worked really well and allowed us to avoid using the built in grill grate at the campsite.
Another thing I love to do is to put only one type of food on a skewer. Sure it is nice for everyone to have their own compartmentalized BBQ skewer, but it is just not the best way to cook them. The fact is a mushroom cooks differently than a pepper, and a pepper different than beef. By making specialized skewers you can flip and control how each different item is cooked. In the end we just push each skewer into into a bowl (sometimes into a bowl of couscous).
I don’t want you all to get the wrong impression. We do cook a lot while camping, but we do get out and enjoy the outdoors. This trip we made the hike to hightop mountain summit. After about a two mile hike uphill end at a great outlook giving you a great panorama of the Shenandoah Valley. I think it looks like a big green blanket laying over the hills!
And of course, a photo of Kelly and I sitting on the rocks.