Oh, that campfire smell. There’s nothing quite like it. Ending nights in the wilderness wrapped in blankets, fighting to stay close to the fire as the flames dance in the wind. Roasting s’mores (did you know this is strictly an American thing?). Waking to the wafting odor of breakfast on the nick of being burned. I often find myself sniffing the Bahamian island air as I drive along Long Island’s one highway; I’m spoiled because with all the controlled burns in locals’ yards, I get the campfire smell without having to do any of the work myself.
When I was in Alaska, I became the designated chef for a weekend camping trip. A steady rain made dry kindling collecting tricky in the woodlands, and by the time the fire was warm enough, our stomachs were beyond growling. We also got a little greedy with our preparatory produce purchases, so steamed veggies were on the menu that night. Unfortunately, as any avid backwoodsman knows, cooking over a fire is a slow and tedious task. But before dusk, I was able to whip up some foil packs of vegetables. (I also had a few hours extra before dark as the Alaskan summer sun doesn’t set until 11:30 PM.)
In the morning, I scrambled some eggs in a pot for the omnivores. I also put the sad remains of our vegetable stash in foil packets, steaming them to add to a campfire-warmed breakfast burrito.
They say you should only take with you what you will use when camping. We knew we would suffer no food shortage but surprised ourselves by shoveling down every last bit!
Campfire Steamed Veggies Recipe
Cauliflower, broccoli, potato, carrot, tomato, mushroom, garlic, onion, Italian seasoning, Chipotle hot sauce, olive oil, salt & pepper
- Chop and season the veggies, wrapping them in foil.
- Place on a grate over the fire but not directly over the flame.
- Turn 45º every 5-10 minutes for approximately 45 minutes or until veggies are soft.
- Serve, eat, enjoy!
Campfire Breakfast Burritos Recipe
Scrambled eggs (for the omnivores), tomatoes, onions, potatoes, salt & pepper, olive oil, Chipotle hot sauce
- Scramble the eggs in a pot over the fire, stirring and watching frequently. They cook quickly and burn easily!
- Steam the veggies and seasonings in a foil packet same as the recipe above.
- Warm a tortilla wrap over the fire in a pan. It only needs to sit over the flames for a minute or two!
- Mix all the ingredients onto the wrap and fold burrito style.
- Serve, eat, enjoy!