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Creative recipes for camping remotely

What do you cook when you’re down to your last carrot? These five tasty recipes for camping outback rescued me up the Cape, on the Gibb…or just a long way from the next food store. They may not win Master Chef, but they’re tasty enough to get you by. I tried using spam once, and almost gagged on it – so I can assure you these are (almost) spam-free!

Enjoying a lovely picnic in the Flinder's RangesHaving a picnic in the Flinders' Ranges, SA...what a back-drop!

The best bread substitute for camping.

Indian flat bread

Everyone I meet wants this recipe, so a big thank-you to my mother-in-law for sharing it. This flat bread became a staple food for us – because it was so versatile, and yummy. It made a nice change from frozen white bread in an outback store (when we could get it).

Outback gourmet.

Creamy salmon pasta

I feel as though I am cooking ‘camp gourmet’ with this recipe. And everything you need for it can be stored in the cupboard almost forever. Top it up with fresh ingredients if you have them, but it is delicious even with the very basics.

A meal in a tin or two.

Tasty bean soup

Hearty and delicious, this soup is good on a cool-ish night by the fire. It only takes 10 minutes or so on the heat. It’s a more nutritious way to enjoy damper… instead of the usual golden syrup!

Indian take-away in minutes.

Fast lentil curry

A great vegetarian recipe that even Kumar enjoys. You can eat it with rice or chapatti, or both. It’s another wonderful creation from my dear mother-in-law.

One wok wonder.

Any-style fried rice

Ok, to make this one taste really good you need the last few perishable foods in the camp fridge. But you can stretch a few scant items a really long way.

And there’s more where they came from…

I built up a great collection of recipes that I used or adapted on our trip. I’ve even thought about writing a cookbook of tried and true recipes for camping. I’ll let you know if I ever get around to that!

Please try these recipes out at home or away. I’d love to know what you think, or how you change them to suit your family. Add your own favourite recipes here, and I’ll post them on the site.


Cooked in a frying pan on our camp stove and created from my imagination!James' 4th birthday cake...'baked' in a frying pan on our camp stove!

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