We recently went on a 3 week camping trip in our LandCruiser. We were part of a large convoy of 8 vehicles, driving for long hours nearly every day and so not much flexibility re time for lunches and too tired by dinner time to put much effort into our meals.
When considering our menu I had to take in various factors:
- our limited storage capacity
- No shops for perishables
- Hot weather - though it was winter we were up in the tropics
- Our cookers - we bought another butane gas cooker to give us 2 cooking rings. We weren't confident we'd be able to have campfires everyday!
Our food storage capacityPantry: We used 4 shallow cardboard boxes, for pantry food storage at the back of the Land Cruiser. (since we rarely camp without the Robbiebago, I didn't want to spend the money on boxes, nor would we have the room for them after the trek. I tried to keep my frequently used items in the box on top. The larger boxes and heavier items such as milk went into the big pull out drawer, which doubled as my cooking bench!
|Michelle preparing food out the back of the Land Cruiser on the 4WD trek!|
We also have a 120Watt solar power panels on top of the car, adding charge to the batteries esp when we were camped in one spot!
|Butane gas cooker|
Below is what we planned for the 3 week 4WD trek without shops and power!
My actual menu plan for 3 weeks!
BreakfastsWe are not big on breakfasts and as such ours consisted of weetbix cereal and milk most mornings. We prefer fresh milk when we can get it, but long life milk is a boon for remote camping.
LunchesOur lunches had to be made on the run. We generally stopped for maybe 30 minutes and as such our choices were based on salad sandwiches whilst bread was fresh enough and then toastaed sandwiches with the staler bread. After this we occasionally we had pancakes or instant cup a soups, but mostly we had the tortilla breads. Sometimes we had the tortilla breads as wraps and sometimes we had them toasted (fried). As mentioned above, we didn’t end up making the bread or damper as planned.
Here are the list of menus I had designed my shopping around. I am not generally big on meat but we did buy a small whole rump and had it cut into steaks for meals. My hubby was very happy to have so much red meat for a change! I also found that eggs are a great main meal ingredient. Tinned tuna and salmon are also great standby ingredients.
My dinner menuObviously the fridge ingredients were used up first but other than this it is in no particular order as I tend to cook what ever I feel like on the day.
• 8 Steak meals in various presentations including marinated or straight BBQ’d was the most common with various vegetables accompaniment with the occasional packet sour cream noodles or fried rice on the side.
• Spaghetti bolognaise
• Left over bolognaise meat as stuffing for baked potatoes with coleslaw & sour cream
• Crumbed Chicken Schnitzels
• Bamie A simple and fast dish involving mince and 2 minute noodles
• Tomato Risotto
• Salmon & Pea Frittata (fabulous for camping – all comes out of the pantry and it is quick & easy to make)
• Baked potatoes with bacon, coleslaw, grated cheese and sour cream.
• Curried mince with cabbage, carrots & boiled rice
• Sweet chilli chicken & rice
• Salmon Potatoes
• Tuna Salmon a la king (fabulous for camping – all comes out of the pantry and it is quick & easy to make)
DessertsWe are not big on desserts and don’t eat it often at the best of times. Because we had happy hour nearly every evening, the nibbles with this and/or the campfire after dinner negated our desire for dessert most nights especially once the yoghurt had run out. We had tinned peaches & packet mousse as backup if we did desire dessert.
In hindsight, I noticed that we had a lot more dishes accompanied with potatoes than I would have in a normal weekly diet. I guess my love potatoes in whatever form they come in took over! LOL.
The steaks were fantastic. They were fabulous quality meat: they were nice and tender even without marinading. They were quick and easy to cook and clean up afterwards!
I love comments and would love to hear what works for you.