Wild recipe ideas
There's no science behind it, but it's true: food tastes LOADS better when eaten outside. Here are some fun, easy recipes for outdoor feasting. You don't need a campfire - a basic stove will do.
Baked bananas with chocolate
This is a great one if you’re camping. You’ll need:
- A barbecue or campfire (if you’re allowed!)
- One banana per person
- Squares of chocolate or marshmallows (or both!)
- Tin foil
- A spoon
- Get your fire or barbecue to a good heat.
- Still in their skins, slice the bananas from end to end.
- Open them slightly and slot in squares of chocolate or marshmallows.
- Wrap the banana in foil and place on the heat for five minutes, or until the chocolate starts to melt.
- Take off the heat, unwrap the foil and dig out the gooey, chocolatey banana innards with a spoon.
Omelette in a bag
Try this quick and fun omelette recipe, which can be cooked over a campfire or camping stove. You’ll need:
- A camping stove
- Large pot
- Plastic plates
- A freezer bag each
- Marker pen
- Two eggs each
- Salt and pepper
- Other tasty ingredients like ham, cheese, onions, tomatoes, olives
- Fill the pot with water (not too full though) and get an adult to put it over the lit stove.
- Write everybody’s name on the bags so you know whose is whose.
- Break the eggs into the bags and add the extra ingredients.
- Gently squeeze the air out of the bags, seal, then shake the bags to mix up all the ingredients.
- Once the water has boiled, add your bags to the pot. Leave for 10 minutes.
- As soon as the mixture looks hard, get an adult to carefully remove the bags and slide the omelettes out onto your plates, then tuck in!
Spread pizza bases with chopped tomato and purée and use vegetables to make spiders, beetles, woodlice, cherry tomatoes for ladybirds etc.
Use your imagination as well - try pepperoni, courgette strips, black olives and dot with mozzarella for legs, bodies and spots.
Fruit salad badger
Cut out a lid and hollow out a large melon. Use the lid to create simple paws, little badger ears and a snout and secure them onto the melon with cocktail sticks.
Using a little cream cheese, stick on raisins or olives for eyes, a nose and a curved strip of olive for eyebrows.
Fill your badger up with melon balls, berries and any fruit you fancy.
Pastry grass snakes
Spread ready-made puff pastry with pesto or wholegrain mustard or Marmite. Press in some grated cheese and cut into 2 cm strips. Roll into snakes. Coil and secure round a skewer and flatten one end into a head.
Use peppercorns for eyes and a strip of red pepper for a tongue.
Brush with a little milk and bake in the oven until golden brown (about 15 minutes).
Slugs and snails
Baby cucumbers or gherkins make great slugs. Make antennae by pushing in two halves of a cocktail stick, with raisins stuck on the end.
For snails, spread wraps with whatever you fancy, roll them tightly and slice them up. Serve on a salad leaf with added antennae.