Whilst holidaying in a Yurt in Devon (I so want one in the back garden!) we were lucky to have a fire pit stationed next to us. As it rained most of the time the fire came in handy to keep warm, but also for cooking on. A fire pit Roast delivers a lovely, smokey, rich taste to food so long as you remember that cooking in it is hotter than any oven, so adjust cooking times!
So when Park Resorts, a UK based holiday park company, asked me to take part in its Campfire Gourmet Challenge I thought I’d put my new-found skills to the test. For me, campfire meals are all about slow cooking, with a glass of wine in hand, delivering rich flavours and enjoying the social interaction of a good meal. So minimal prep-ping & constant pot watching is what I want!
I’m also a fan of eating well, where possible – I don’t believe you need to compromise when camping! However, space to keep food is limited so this recipe uses seasonal, everyday foods which can double up for other meals & require no measuring. I hope you like it!
* Chef’s Tip: Take the lamb frozen and let it thaw naturally in a cool box.
CHEF’s TIP: It’s essential to insulate the meat with the onions to prevent the lamb from being scorched on the outside before being cooked on the inside. It’ll also deliver a great flavour to the meat.
Preparing the vegetables
CHEF’s TIP: once the lamb has cooked, unwrap it slowly. The onions will probably be dark inside – discard them.
I used the embers of the Pit fire, to make the kids some pudding – Baked chocolate Apples. Seasonal & take approx 15-20 minutes to make.
Prepare by coring the apples, leaving a plug at the bottom. Pack the vacant centres with large chunks of chocolate buttons & squeeze on any remaining orange juice, then triple wrap with silver foil. Place in the fire pit and roast for 10 – 15 mins.
Serve with seasonal fruit of your choice (optional) and a dash of squirty cream for happy, healthy tummies!
This really is a meal for sharing & perfect for family get-togethers around a camp fire. If you do give it a go, let me know what you think – I’d really like to know how you get on.
Luckily for me my sister & hubby built their own fire pit post holiday, however these recipes can be reproduced on any campfire or BBQ really easily.
Shopping list. All items purchased from Sainsbury’s. Total cost £19.54*
Sainsbury’s 1/2 leg of lamb (frozen) – £9 | Cloves of garlic – 30p| Coriander Seeds – £1 | Fresh Packed Flat Leaf Parsley – 80p | Unsalted Butter – 85p | 1kg Onions – 80p |1kg Carrots- 60p | 1kg Baby new potatoes – £1 | Sainsbury’s Wrapping Foil – £1.15 | Peas (to be shelled) – £1.0 | Single Orange – £30p | packet of Coxes Apples – £1 | Giant Chocolate Buttons – £1.15 | Anchor Squirty Cream – £1.35 | Seasonal mixed berries (optional)
Disclaimer: I was kindly gifted £20 Sainsbury’s gift voucher by Park Resorts to support my entry into the Campfire Gourmet Challenge, the rules of which are to recreate a gourmet-style meal within budget, suitable for recreating on a campfire. *All prices are correct at time of going to press. This is my entry.
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I'm Tracey, nice to meet you. Mummyshire was 'born' three years ago after we moved from London to the Oxford countryside. Here I chart our journey adjusting to our new lives, the challenges of being in the countryside & surviving parenthood.
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