Sleeping outdoors surrounded by nature is something we humans have done for thousands of years. Of course, for most of those years, it was about technology (or lack thereof), survival, migration and expansion. These days it’s more recreational. That’s camping!
How things have changed since over 100 years ago when Thomas Hiram Holding became the father of camping. He certainly designed some portable equipment and conveniences for camping, but what he had in mind is a far cry from the enormous range of camping options and equipment today. Many of us like to enjoy a lot more comfort and convenience when we camp than he could. A LOT more. Essentially, we go glamping!
As the name suggests, glamping means bringing the glamour to camping. Why sacrifice luxury just because you’re in the great outdoors? It’s not glamping without a fire, good coffee, comfy chairs, maybe a well-appointed RV, awesome company, and… GREAT FOOD!
Great food means going well beyond your standard hotdogs, beans or mac ‘n’ cheese. Pack an easy-to-operate, single-handled, smooth edge can opener for convenience and these simple but glorious recipes for glamping will have you wallowing by the campfire in utter contentment.
Bull Moose Stew
Although glamping is certainly the upper echelon of camping, many of the same basic rules apply. For example, it’s wise to stick with foods that won’t spoil and don’t take up too much cooler space. There are some superb canned foods out there, especially those you can use to make mouth-watering Bull Moose Stew.
In a medium saucepan mix 1 can of roast beef in gravy, 2 cans of mixed vegetables, 1 can of cream of mushroom soup, and 1 small can of diced chili peppers (drained). Stir regularly until bubbling and add salt and pepper to taste. So simple and yet so sumptuous.
Chicken and Bean Stew
Stews are a mainstay of camping, but this recipe will crank up an old favorite to glamping level. In a large saucepan, begin cooking down some bacon and chopped onions. When cooked through, add some flaked chicken to brown (canned will work just great). Next, add canned tomatoes, paprika, half a can of water, herbs, and salt and pepper to taste. Cover and let simmer for 15 minutes before adding red kidney beans or baked beans. Cook for another 15-20 minutes and enjoy.
Corned Beef Cauldron
If you're looking for a sweet and savory but simple glamping recipe, look no further. Open a can of corned beef and break it up into a saucepan. Take a can of pineapple chunks and pour some of the liquid into the saucepan with the corned beef on low heat. Fold in the remaining pineapple pieces along with a can of sweet potatoes. Heat through and top with crushed walnuts and cinnamon sugar. Serve with rice or bread.
Marshmallow Strawberry Kebabs
You need some sweet recipes for glamping, too!
Simply take some skewers and put on alternating marshmallows and strawberries. Carefully hold over the fire, turning slowly until the marshmallows are toasted. Drizzle with caramel or chocolate sauce and OMG!
Mock Toasted Angel Cake
Take some day old bread and cut it into 2-inch squares. Place them on a skewer and dip the squares in sweetened condensed milk. Then sprinkle with shredded coconut. Roast over the fire until lightly toasted and voila!
Take these recipes when you go glamping, along with a reliable ergonomic can opener that won’t bust, and really luxuriate with Mother Nature.
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