Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Ask the Internet: Camp Stove Recipes for Kids?

Reader Jes writes in all the way from Taiwan:

Q: This summer, I’m teaching two cooking classes each week to about 14 or so Taiwanese nine-year-olds. We have access to a camping stove with one burner. This is the closest image I could find:

We have a pot and a pan to use on it. I made sandwiches, French toast on Monday, and yesterday I made spaghetti. With a jar of "USA Good Tomato Sauce For Put on Italy Noodles.”

I'm pretty much out of ideas. Do you have any?

A: Wow, Jes. Good question, and probably an excellent one for those readers with camping experience.

I have three suggestions:
  • A simple stir fry.
  • Fajitas, because kids like anything they can eat with their hands.
  • Eggs, several ways - scrambled, over-easy, poached - you name it. Easy, versatile, and breakfast appropriate
Readers, what think you? What kinds of kid-friendly dishes can Jes make with her class? The comment section, she is open.

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Anonymous said...

A rice-based single pot meal is easy to do on a stove like that. I usually include dried onions, dried mushrooms and interesting spices because those ingredients are light weight for backpacking. I do it at home too, where I usually include chicken. Rice-based dishes aren't always a hit with American kids but I presume kids from Taiwan would feel right at home with rice and maybe even have some creative culinary ideas.

Jo said...

Falafel is also a great idea. I don't fry them (too hard to pack in all that oil), but if you spray a frying pan really well with non-stick cooking spray, the falafel balls will come out beautifully. Just add pita, cucumber and tomato, plain yogurt if you're feeling adventurous, and you're good to go!

Marie said...

I love to cook potatoes while camping, with the same strategy as the rice-based single pot meal -- throw other stuff in as well. Potatoes aren't the greatest for hiking, but if you're car camping, they're great!

shris said...

Grilled cheese..

Smores (sans pot).

Soup, if you have a moderately deep pot to go on the burner.

Poached fish? (Broth or milk or water plus fish plus, say, sauteed onions and your various veggies)


Classic camp food is beans with whatever else ya got for flavor.

A stir fry would be a stretch since the pan may not get hot enough, but you can still cook small chunks of meat with vegetables in a pan.

There's a dish called 'fried apples' that is essentially sauteed fruit with sugar and cinnamon (for dessert, naturally).

I guess you wouldn't pan fry burgers in Thailand but meatballs and potstickers might not be too far out of the beaten path.

The real question is, what groceries have you got, and how can you cook them in just one or two vessels? I do one-pot dishes all the time based on what I have around. I usually call it 'stuff' or 'a mess' but it's edible. :)

Gigante said...

Do you know the "seasonless tasteful"?
Like this:
Chop a piece of sausage and start frying it, with it's own fat. After you get it fried and see the oil on the pan, add some vegetables, like potato, carrot, cucumber and things like that. Depending on the size of your pan, add some water and let it boil until the water is close to disappear. At this point, add an egg, stir like there is no tomorrow for a few seconds and let the egg fry just a little.

Easily done on really small pans, single serving. But you can adapt to your reality.

Quantities? This is the trick: it can be made according to your taste :)

Anonymous said...

Egg in a bag. You can boil eggs in a plastic ziplock. Lots of fun. Put kids name on outside of a small ziplock w/a sharpie, add one raw egg contents and some salt, pepper, maybe mushroom, etc., drop WELL CLOSED bag into boiling water, making sure bag doesn't touch edges of pot of boiling water. Don't put too many bags in at once, so they don't touch walls. Fish bags out when cooked. Open bag, and divide contents.