Before last weekend I had been camping once in my life.
Yeah, no, just the one time.
The thing is, I've got a perfectly good house to sleep in already. It has a warm, comfy bed and no rain or bugs really get in, you know? If I want to get up and pee in the middle of the night I don't even have to unzip any doors or don footwear or hope that I don't sleepily squat over poison ivy by mistake.
But I *like* camping. After all, camping so far seems to involve good friends, margaritas, and boating. Like so:
So far this is hard to argue with, am I right?
But let's get down to brass tacks. Aside from when we had to show up and where, I gave little thought to anything besides what I would be eating (and wearing). After all, I have a HUSBAND for to worry about tents and sleeping bags and fire accessories and whatnots. Luckily for me, that husband also cooks for a living. And by the way, if you're going to go camping, I highly recommend that 50% of campers present be chefs. You will want to go camping ALL THE TIME.
(Or not, but I promise it will be much more enjoyable.)
So what did we eat? Well, a lot. Here are some highlights.
For boat snacks/lunch on Saturday Zach and I were excited to share one of our current favorite snacks/appetizers. If you're in the DC metro area, you may be familiar with the Cava Mezze group. They currently have two restaurants open (in DC & Rockville), and I believe a third is in the works. I've only been to the Capitol Hill location, and it's basically Greek style tapas and small plates. It's a fun place to go with friends, share a few dishes and linger over snacks and drinks. They've also begun selling some of their dips and spreads at multiple outlets in five different states, including the District.
We're able to get their products at our local Whole Foods, and over the past couple of months have fallen in love with their Spicy Harissa Hummus. It's got good, whole, simple ingredients and is completely delicious. We brought that along on our camping adventure, and also picked up some of their Crazy Feta. We had a bunch of raw veggies plus Sticks & Twigs for dipping.
The hummus was fantastic as always, and the feta was tasty, but I don't know how crazy it was. Actually, it was crazy. Because at $10 for 8.5 ounces, I expected a lot more than feta, olive oil, red onion, and jalapeno. Mostly glad we tried it, but next time I'll mash up my own at home. ($10? WE were feeling crazy when we splurged on that.)
Dinner consisted of pulled pork, Hawaiian pork skewers, coleslaw, grilled veggies (actually leftover crudite), beans, and various kinds of salads.
I took this picture of the boys cooking, but it turns out it's actually mostly a picture of tattoos, plus some food. Ohhhh chefs who also are/were sailors. Photo: me.
Yes, this WAS way too much food for four people. But that's what happens when chefs go camping. Photo: me.
It wouldn't be a camping trip without s'mores, would it? No it would not. While I have not yet earned my laminated membership card to the Sleeps in a Tent club, I do love a good outdoor fire. It's just not summer to me until I've sat around a fire, marinating in woodsmoke, with a molten river of chocolate and marshmallow running down my face and a blanket of graham cracker crumbs on my sweatshirt.
There's something else you should know about me. I'm a freak for marshmallows. I might love me some veggies, but I've got a gnarly sweet tooth and marshmallows have always sung their overly sweet yet irresistible siren song to me. Gourmet marshmallows or Jet Puffed, I love them all.
So imagine my amazement and awe when (after several beers) Lisa whipped out this extra large bag of extra large sugar pillows. I believe at one point I happily declared I could "EAT THIS MARCH-MALLOOW LIKE AN APPLE! AN APPLE!". The next morning (when the beer had worn off) I made sure to take some pictures demonstrating scale.
That is a Giant Mallow on an iPhone. Are you in awe? You're totally in awe. I believe these bad boys are available at CostCo.
So, who wants to go camping?
Do you camp? What do you like to eat when you do? Do you have any food related camping traditions?