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28 Jul, 2021

Camping 2021 sidebar: what we ate

Posted by andrea tomkins in: travel talk

I was just hanging up the last of my laundry and found myself thinking about how long we’ve been camping. We’ve gone almost every summer since the girls were toddlers. After so many years, we have nailed it down.

In terms of clothing, I pack things that I don’t mind getting ripped, dirty, burned, or splattered with cooking grease or pine sap. When packing for Algonquin, which can get cold, even in summer, I make sure to pack a few items that will keep me warm. (In fact, we got down to single digits one evening and I was very grateful for my lightweight/packable puffer.)

This year I forgot to pack a ball cap. And I brought one too many pairs of pants and two extra tees, but I did ok for the most part.

I wanted to copy and paste our camping menu here, for the record. (Not listed: all the fruit and chips and granola bars we ate!) What helped is that our yurt comes with a gas BBQ – with bonus side burner! – so cooking was extra easy this year

Arrival day
Dinner – Pork kebabs (Farm Boy) on Greek pita (with lettuce, sliced cuke, red onion, grape tomato, tahini dressing),
Dessert – Marshmallows/Rice Krispy Squares

Day two
Breakfast – Bacon and eggs, orange juice/coffee
Lunch – Chicken Caesar wraps (made with precooked chicken, tortillas, bagged Caesar salad mix)
Dinner – Ploughman’s dinner: cheese fondue (link to recipe below) with toasted baguette, cold cuts, sliced apple
Dessert – Jiffy pop, Marshmallows/Rice Krispy Squares

Day three
Breakfast – pancakes and syrup, orange juice/coffee
Lunch – ham and cheese, veggies and dip, chips
Dinner – sausages, corn on the cob, raw veggies
Dessert – Banana boats

Day four
Breakfast – Yogurt/cereal/milk/orange juice/coffee
Lunch – Grilled cheese, pickles, bean salad
Snacks – Fruit
Dinner – Hamburgers/Beyond burgs, fried potatoes, carrot sticks
Dessert – S’mores

Day five
Breakfast – Yogurt/cereal/milk/orange juice/coffee
Lunch – Sandwiches with whatever is left
Snacks – Fruit/cookies
Dinner – Hot dogs/veggies and dip
Dessert – Roasted marshmallows

Morning before check out
– Cereal/milk/orange juice/coffee

Every year we eat more or less the same food but this year I tried something new, this cheese “fondue” dish, which, can I say, was amazing. I will definitely be making it again.


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