How to camp with kids

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    Lily Barclay - Senior writer - bbcgoodfood.com

Give camper van or tent-side meals a touch of class this summer with recipes the whole family will love. Beautifully simple and designed with the whole family in mind, they’re equally good enjoyed in your own back garden.

Marshmallows on a stick

Up for an adventure? Take the kids into the open air, sleep under the stars (or closer to them anyway) and spend time together as a family without the usual hassles of everyday life.

Cooking in the wilderness is great fun and everything cooked on an open fire just tastes better, fact. But if you've got a hungry brood to feed, you might want to have some scrumptious recipes you can plan ahead, that will keep everybody full and happy.  So pack up some essentials, grab your ingredients, then say hello to freedom and the open road.  Roughing it never tasted so good.   

Cheesy scrambled egg croissantsCheesy scrambled egg croissants

If you’ve arrived at your camping pitch late at night, then there’s nothing quite like venturing from your nest at dawn to set eyes on your new landscape. Celebrate with an extra special breakfast that will set you and the kids up for the day. These cheesy scrambled egg croissants take minutes to prepare, feel suitably decadent and just use the one pan. Sit back, eat and breathe that fresh air in deep.

Cheesy scrambled egg croissants

Sticky cider & mustard sausage wheel with box grater salad

Nothing does campfire comfort like sticky, sizzling sausages cooked outside. Set your kids to work with some veg and a grater, and get them grating salad directly into a plastic box. Then pile up your plates and watch the sun set.

Visiting the West Country? Use sausages and cider from a local farm shop.  Be warned, the aroma from this dish is so amazing you might have some friendly neighbours popping over to ‘introduce themselves’.

Sticky cider & mustard sausage wheel with box grater salad

Cowboy chicken & bean stewCowboy chicken & bean stew

You have to be a little bit patient with this stew to give it time to cook, but the results are well worth it and will put your neighbours' burgers to shame. There is minimum preparation involved so once everything is in your casserole dish it's time to get out a deck of cards. Serve in bowls with grated cheese and tortilla chips, delicious. 

Cowboy chicken & bean stew

Marshmallow & strawberry kebabs

Give your kids some magical memories with these gloriously sticky marshmallow & strawberry kebabs. Lightly toast them on the fire then dribble over caramel and chopped nuts or crumbled biscuits, for the perfect end to a day in the wild.

Marshmallow & strawberry kebabs

FireHot caramel malted milk

Board games, bedtime stories and hot caramel malted milk will have your kids dreamy and tucked up in their sleeping bags before you know it. All that’s left to do is make good use of your camping chairs, crack open some cold beers and relax.

Hot caramel malted milk

Have you had any interesting camping experiences with kids? What do you cook and where would you recommend to go camping?

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vivtucker's picture

'Best toast ever' was the opinion of my grandsons of the toast they made themselves in front of our chiminea, served with butter and 'Lyles' maple flavoured syrup. They used long American marshmallow forks which kept them at a safe distance. They are 8 and 10.

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