3 Simple Meals that makes Easter Camping a Breeze
EASTER DINING MADE EASY
Easter, possibly the best long weekend Australia has to offer. The weather is cooling, the flies are disappearing and the camp fires seem a little more relaxing.
But what do you take camping for your Good Friday feed this Easter?
There is nothing worse than not being ready and going against good Fridays tradition of not eating red meat.
Breakfast for champions, everyone loves pancakes. I always carry a shaker pancake mix in the camper but sometimes I feel like being a little more fancy. One of my favourite breakfast’s is Banana Pancakes.
I never throw my over-ripe bananas away. In fact sometimes I avoid eating them ripe just so I can make pancakes.
So with a couple of brown and bruised bananas and my simple pancake recipe below, you will have a mouth-watering breakfast that hits the spot every time!!
- 1 cup of self-raising flour
- 1 egg
- 1 cup of milk
- 3 tbsp of sugar
- 1 tspn of salt
- 2 over-ripe bananas
- Add the dry ingredients and egg together into a mixing bowl
- Mix together while slowly adding milk until mixture is smooth
- Throw a couple of over-ripe bananas into the mix
- Cook pancake mix over a medium heat in a frying pan with plenty of melted butter
KING PRAWN SALAD
Who doesn’t love prawns right? This delicious light lunch will have your neighbouring campers drooling with envy. This simple yet spectacularly delicious dish will make your mouth water.
- 1/2 lettuce
- 1 punnet cherry tomatoes
- 1 capsicum
- 200g corn kernels
- 2 avocados
- Lime juice for dressing
- 1/2kg king prawns cooked and peeled
- Slice up the capsicum and throw straight on the BBQ
- Chop the lettuce and add to a large salad bowl
- Toss in the tomatoes and corn
- Add the roasted capsicum slices
- Cube the avocado and add to the salad & then add the prawns
- Finish off with a nice offering of lime juice
FISH AND CHIPS CAMPING STYLE
For the keen fisherman amongst us, rustling up a few fresh fish won’t be too hard. There is nothing more satisfying than the taste of your own fresh catch.
But if you are like me and not so talented in living off the land, then pre-ordering some fresh flathead fillets is the way to go.
Just because you are camping doesn’t mean you need to miss out on the finer things in life. Below are 3 different ways I cook fish, and at times I serve all 3 varieties in one meal pending on fish type and quantity.
PREPARING THE CHIPS
Got a few kids around? Surely they love helping mum and dad in the kitchen peeling potatoes right? If peeling isn’t your thing don’t worry, just make sure you clean your potato skins thoroughly.
The best thing about homemade chips is you can have them any which way you want. You can slice them thin or slice them thick, you can cut them into wedges or make them into scallops. Hell why not do a mixture!
It’s pretty easy once you have cleaned the potatoes and cut them the way you want. Throw them into a pot with water and partly cook them.
Once the chips have been partly cooked, throw them straight on a well-oiled hot plate. Give them a toss around while adding some seasoning of your choice and before too long , you will have amazingly tasty chips.
Grilling fish isn’t hard at all, with your already prepared fillets. Throw them straight onto a heated and well-oiled hot plate. Season with a bit of salt and pepper and bobs your mates uncle.
My personal favourite way to cook small fish fillets is by crumbing. There is something about the taste of cooked breadcrumbs that I love. I always keep a packet of Krummies Breadcrumbs lying around for when I actually catch fish good enough to eat.
With ingredients that should be in every campers food box like flour and egg, knocking up some crumbed fish is easy.
- 3/4kg fish fillets
- 1/2 cup flour (or more)
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
- Pinch of salt and pepper
- Season breadcrumbs with salt and pepper
- Dry fish with paper towel
- Coat each piece of fish in flour, then into the beaten egg
- Cover fish with the seasoned breadcrumbs
Now you can either shallow fry the fish in a frying pan filled with hot oil, or fry the fish on a well-oiled hot plate.
Once cooked, place on paper towel then serve.
BEER BATTERED FISH
Bring a bit of pub tucker into your camping life. If you are like me, there is going to be an esky full of beer, well lets be honest my esky doesn’t stay full for very long once I have arrived at camp!
- 3/4kg fish fillets
1 1/2 cups self-raising flour
1 egg, lightly beaten
375ml of your favourite beer
Salt & Pepper for seasoning
- Cooking oil for deep-frying
- Place flour into a mixing bowl, add egg mixture and stir.
- Grab a couple of full beers. If you are like me you end up drinking the one you need, always have one on stand by. Gradually whisk the beer into the batter until you get a smooth consistency
- Season with Salt and Pepper then cover with some cling wrap and pop it into your fridge or esky for half hour to rest or in my case about 3 beers later
- Heat up a large deep saucepan and fill with cooking oil at least 7cm deep, once heated you should be able to add a drop of beer into the oil and it will start to crackle and pop
- Dip the pieces of fish into the batter. Make sure to drain off the excess batter.
- Deep-fry until golden brown and cooked. Drain off on some paper towel. Make sure you allow the oil to heat back up between batches of fish.
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