Cooking for Campers

1960s camp cooking

While Brett has been busy building our new shepherd hut, I’ve been clearing out the garage. I found this fantastic 1967 camping book full of recipes for “those who periodically escape to the simple life as an antidote to our everyday prepackaged world”.

Cooking for Campers has some ingenious camping tips. Ideas like cooking sausages in banana skins in the embers of an open fire. Though it does admit that the sausage may come out a bit soggy. Hmm. Or how about cooking eggs in the skin of an orange on embers? Some of the recipes are most definitely from a long gone culinary era. Anyone for canned frankfurters in curry sauce? Orange rice? Ragout of pig’s kidneys?

But it’s also hard not to warm to the genuine love of camping you can sense reading the recipes with titles like, “Cheerful camp chilli”. It makes me think of Joyce Grenfell, grown-ups in knee length socks and sensible walking shoes.

I found this great film from 1964 called “Camping Without Utensils” on the British Pathe archive. And there is an egg being cooked in an orange. It looks totally inedible! But the 60s knitwear is fantastic.

Cooking Without Utensils 1964 - Taken from www.britishpathe.com

Luckily our kitchen inside our main shepherd hut here at The Rolling Downs is fully equipped with a sink and gas hob. But there is a fire pit outside the huts if you do want to have a go at cooking on the open fire. We can even arrange for a hamper of delicious local Sussex food to be delivered for you. We’ll have more news on that soon…