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Camp cookery

Hi. We love campers and luckily get to do it a fair bit. I am the family cook while we camp too so have a few tricks to make things easier.

So above you see a bunch of food that I’ve pre-prepared. I then kryovac it then freeze family meal sized portions.

Above left is rubarb apple crumble cake. Delicious as dessert around the camp fire! Above right is a vegan sausage, tomato and onion cassarole. I freeze it in a container, then remove from container, pop into a kryovac bag with frozen peas, and seal. I like freezing the peas uncooked because when it’s reheated, they stay green and plump.

Here it is below reheated at camp and served on rice.

Below is a dark photo (sorry) of thai pumpkin soup and vegetarian roast.

Here is the pumpkin soup reheating on camp. It was very cold and this was ready in a flash, warm and comforting. Served with toast.

Finally, vegan damper cooked on a stick and baked on the coals in the camp fire 🙂

The damper on a stick is cooked, pulled off the stick then filled with vegan margarine and strawberry jam. Hours of afternoon fun!

Baked on the coals. Making a log loaf shape helps it cook quicker.

And finally, just a photo of our tent. I can put it up and take it down by myself in 10 minutes. It’s a Blackwolf 450 cabin tent.

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Upcycling a sun shelter for winter garden fun

A new play station under some trees in our garden
A new play station under some trees in our garden

I want to live more sustainably. What better way than maximizing the uses for items in our own homes? I am on a mission to make do or do without. So we upcycled an old sun shelter and now have a new play station in our garden. It was retrieved from the garage and refashioned into a house!

Plenty of room for a small party!
Plenty of room for a small party!

This sun shelter represents lots of typical items in the modern home. It has a specific purpose, used seldom, takes up lots of storage space and when it breaks it gets dumped because it’s more cost effective to replace it than repair it. Why not increase its usefulness?

An old curtain remnant was strung up for the door. What a hit (open, shut, open, shut)! We laid an old cloth down for flooring and various other items have now found a new home inside.

We enjoyed afternoon tea in the new little garden home
We enjoyed afternoon tea in the new little garden home

A quick set up, easily maintained and a great activity for a sunny winter’s day at home. Have you got any similar play-based upcycling projects at your place? I’d love to hear about them.

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