Planning a camping trip this Bank Holiday Monday? Camping food can be very dull, and it’s hard to resist the temptation to go for something quick and dehyrdrated (instant noodles anyone?)
But cooking in the great outdoors* is not only easy, but delicious and healthy too. Tiff and Jim Easton have created an entire book of camping recipes, from the easy to the gourmet, to help you experience the joys of cooking whilst camping. All you need is a camping stove, portable barbecue or – if you feel adventurous – an open fire.
So this weekend try something different with their delicious paella recipe!
(*You can substitute ‘great outdoors’ for your garden if you just fancy cooking in the sunshine)
Gourmet Camping Recipes: Paella
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 40 minutes
2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
2 red peppers, cored, deseeded and sliced
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 tsp smoked paprika
200g/7oz chorizo, chopped
400g/14oz/2 cups paella rice
1 litre/35fl oz/4 cups chicken stock, made with cold water and stock cubes
pinch of saffron
100g/31/2oz/1 cup frozen peas
12–16 raw or cooked king prawns, peeled, or chunks of cooked chicken
handful of parsley, chopped
salt and pepper
lemon wedges, to serve
1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan and cook the onion for 5 minutes until it begins to soften. Add the peppers and garlic, season with salt and pepper and cook for a further 5 minutes until the vegetables are soft.
2. Stir in the paprika and chorizo and, a minute later, the rice. Mix well, then add the stock and saffron. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 20–25 minutes, until the rice is just tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed. Add a little water if it becomes too dry.
3. Add the peas and prawns and cook for a further 2–3 minutes until heated through. If the prawns are raw, cook for a little longer until they turn pink all over. Season to taste with salt and pepper, stir in the parsley and serve hot with lemon wedges.
The Family Camping Cookbook is packed with delicious recipes for camping adventures – whether you’re on a quick escape, by the beach, in the country, at a festival or camping with a crowd. Make the most of cooking in the great outdoors!
Family Camping Cookbook by Tiff & Jim Easton