Have you ever wondered how to make the best meals when camping and glamping? In this blog, we will explain how to cook like a pro and eat well during your glamping experience. Whether you are glamping in yurts for the first time, or the 100th time, we have tips and recipes for you to use during your stay.
First of all, you need to know what you’re cooking with…
At Country Bumpkin Yurts we try to make glamping in yurts as easy as possible so you are provided with a BBQ, a gas camping stove (with 3 rings), a microwave, and a toaster and kettle. This gives you a range of options for cooking. You’ll need to bear in mind that we don’t have an oven by the yurts.
We highly recommend having a BBQ whilst you’re glamping. There is just something about cooking over coal that smells of holidays. You can cook other parts of a meal using the camping stove at the same time to cover all your bases. For example, if you have a bbq going with the sausages, burgers (read on for our top recipe), and grilled veg… you can have new potatoes boiling on the stove ready for the accompanying potato salad.
It’s good to know what cooking equipment you have at your disposal too. Each yurt is provided with a box with all you will need to cook your meals (apart from the food itself). In your box, you’ll have a frying pan, 2 pans (large and small), grater, mixing bowl, utensils, sharp knives, chopping board. Plus you’ll find the cutlery and crockery needed for setting the table.
Now you’re set to cook.
Get the most out of the heat of the BBQ. There is often plenty of life and heat left in the BBQ after the food had been cooked. This can be put to great use by putting the camping kettle on for your after-dinner teas and coffees. Alternatively, you can create a BBQ banana split by cutting a banana in half lengthways, adding mint chocolates then wrapping it all in tin foil and placing gently into the hot coals to heat through. Yum!
One-pot meals on the camping stove are a great way to make your glamping meal prep easier. If you’re doing a big fry-up for breakfast, which is a MUST, then use one large frying pan and cook it all together. Extra tip – if you slice your sausages in half, they will cook quickly so you won’t need to give them such a long head start in the pan before adding the rest of the food ?
Eat your favourite meals during your staycation. It’s a holiday so fill it with as much foodie joy as possible. Try making your favourite meals with local ingredients to see if they taste even better.
Top recipes for breakfast and dinner:
Sometimes you just can’t beat a classic omelet for breakfast. This kind of breakfast works perfectly for glamping in yurts as it only requires one pan and doesn’t take much time. Here’s a nice easy recipe for a bacon omelet (using the Waterloo Cottage Farm bacon, of course):
- 2-4 Rashers of smoked back bacon from Waterloo Cottage Farm Shop
- 2-3 Beaten eggs
- 100-200g Cheese
Crack the eggs into a cup and beat them
Dice the bacon and cook it in the frying pan
Once the bacon is cooked, pour the beaten egg on top
Cook on low until the egg starts to set
Before the egg fully sets, add cheese, then fold in half and slide onto your plate
Homemade beef burgers for the BBQ:
This recipe was a big hit in our cafe, so here it is for you to create your own bumpkin burgers f0r either a big lunch or a good dinner…
This recipe is per 1Kg Mince Meat
- 24 cream crackers
- 16 sprigs of fresh flat-leaf parsley
- 1kg quality minced beef from Waterloo Cottage Farm Shop
- 4 heaped tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 1 whole white onion
- 2 large free-range eggs
- Pinch of salt & cracked black pepper
- Wrap the crackers in a food bag/tea towel and smash up until fine, breaking up any big bits with your hands, then tip into a large bowl.
- Finely chop the parsley (stalks and all).
- Add to the bowl of crackers the parsley, mustard, onion, pinch of salt & pepper, and the minced beef.
- Add the eggs to the bowl.
- With clean hands, scrunch and mix everything up well. Divide into portions and pat and mold each piece into a roundish shape, roughly 2cm thick.
- Place the burgers onto a plate then cover and place in the fridge or freezer until needed.
- Cook them on the BBQ or in the frying pan. Take care not to break them up by moving them too much.
I hope this has given you the inspiration to cook like a pro whilst glamping in yurts. Just remember, keep things simple yet extra special. Simple methods, simple meals, but with the best local ingredients, and shared in good company.
I can’t talk about cooking whilst glamping in yurts without mentioning that there is always the option of not cooking for yourself at all. If you want a holiday from cooking, there are plenty of great cafes and restaurants near Country Bumpkin Yurts. Kirsty in the farm shop is also able to cook food for you in the shop when time allows. Just pop up to the farm shop and have a chat to see what can be arranged. Her roasted chickens and her smoked pork are divine!
Happy cooking and happy glamping!