There is something about being outdoors that makes any meal special. Wind-combed grasses, birdsong and - yesterday at least - the warmth of the evening sun all help to deflect from the limited nature of "wild cooking".
Just like the microadventure we had on Day 4 of 30 Days Wild last night's trip had minimal planning, beyond cobbling together a few ingredients from the fridge and the store cupboard and ensuring the beers were cooled. We chose to hop in the car, park up and walk about a mile to avoid the walk back being too long for Emma, but the spot we chose was easily reachable from home.
A Word of Caution!
"When are we going to camp outside?" This was one of Emma's first questions this morning. I don't think I can describe how happy I am at this enthusiasm. However, I don't want to be accused of dressing everything up as perfect, because all parents know it seldom is, so a word of caution.
We got back to the car shortly before 9pm which is very late for a 5¾ year old (especially one who has been to a birthday pool party) and by that late hour enjoyment was fast wearing off. I can't pretend there was no whining and requests to be carried but all that fresh air does delver a good night's sleep for all.
An outdoor Recipe:
10 thin sausages
1 tin of chickpeas
Small packet of lardons or chopped bacon.
Half an onion, finely chopped
2 carrots, finely chopped (slightly pre boiled is better)
Half a bottle of passata (or tin of chopped tomatoes)
Pinch of salt & pepper
Rosemary, finely chopped
Small glass of red wine
- Cook Sausages
- Fry lardons (bacon), add onion then carrots, then add wine and allow to reduce slightly
- Add salt, pepper and rosemary, then tomato, then chickpeas and allow to boil away to thicken.
Its easy, delicious and of course tastes all the more delicious because you are in the fresh air.