Hot Sandwich cooked in a Milk Carton

Create a sandwich with cheese and meat if desired.  For example, ham and cheese or pepperoni, tomato and mozzarella.  It can be between slices of bread or in a pita pocket.  Wrap the sandwich in foil (you may want to spray the foil with a little oil first).  Place the sandwich in a empty one liter milk container.  Once you are ready to eat, place the milk container in an unlit campfire pit and light the top edge.  Once the milk container has completely burned down the sandwich will be hot.

Notes: This is great if you are going on a hike for lunch at camp.   But you will need a fire pit (or other safe cooking surface) where you are stopping for lunch.

Ziploc-bag Omelette

In a ziploc bag, crack 2 eggs and 2 tbsp milk or water.  Seal bag and squish until beaten together.  Add 2-4 tbsp of omelette  fillings like shredded cheddar cheese, ham, green pepper pieces, mushrooms etc. Season with salt and pepper.  Close securely.  Place in a large pot of boiling water.  It will cooking in less then 5 minutes.  Squeeze bag gently with tongs as it cooks to evenly distributes the uncooked egg.  When done, remove from water with tongs, shake the water off and empty contents onto a plate.

Notes: You can uses wooden clothes pins to pin the bags to a spoon laid over the pot if you want to keep the bags upright.  I was at a training where were discussed concerns about cooking in plastic.  One of the other Guiders was a food scientist and said she’d recommend using freezer bags to minimize risk.

Eggs in a Basket

This hot breakfast can be made in a frying pan or a tin can stove.  Place a piece of bacon in a “v” shape and fry.  Cut a 2″ pice out of the center of a slice of bread.  Place bread on top of bacon.  Break  egg into the centre hole of the bread and cook.  Turn to cook the other side.

Notes: if you are using turkey or veggie bacon you will need to add some extra fat.

Pot of Gold

Ingredients:

  • Tomato soup
  • refrigerated biscuit dough
  • cheese

Heat tomato soup to the boiling point.  Cut each biscuit in four pieces and flatten it.  Wrap a cube of cheese in each piece of dough.  Drop biscuits into boiling soup and simmer uncovered for 10 min  or until dough is cooked

 

Notes: You can use country biscuits or crescent rolls.  You may want to encourage the girls to cut the biscuit dumplings with their knife before eating.

Scrambled Bran Muffins

Prepare a package of complete muffin mix following the package directions. Add the muffin batter to a lightly grease a skillet over a camp stove. Continually sir mixture with a fork over moderate heat.  Batter will be the consistency of scrambled eggs when done.  Tastes better then it looks!

Notes: If you are cooking this over hiking stoves you may need to cook it in several batches or have each girl make her own.

Summer Break (kind of)

Another Guiding year has come to an end.  I will be taking the summer off of blogging to recharge.  However, I came across a collection of camp recipes that I wanted to preserve so I have them scheduled to be posted over the summer.  Enjoy your summer!

Numbers

This is a game from Angola that teaches the girls to count in the Umbundu language.

  1. one – mosi
  2. two – vali
  3. three – tatu
  4. four – kwala
  5. five – tulu

Practice the numbers a couple of times as a group.  Then the girls spread out around the room and move on their own around the room until the leader calls out a number.  Then they have to form groups of that size and keep moving as a group until a new number is called.

Gel Candles

 We made these candles at a recent camp with Pathfinders and Rangers but I think with a little more supervision Guides could easily make them. These are a nice option in place of other kinds of candle making as each one ends up very unique.

The wax is fairly expensive so it is important to keep the glass containers small and encourage the girls to fill their container at least 1/3 full of embedded material to ensure you don’t blow your budget.  We also discovered that it is important not to stir the wax while it is melting.  That added too much air to the wax and caused the candles to be a little cloudy.  I would also heat the wax straight on the heat rather then in a double boiler and unlike regular candle wax, the gel wax is easier to clean off the pot.

Materials:

  • 1 clear glass or jar per candle
  • gel wax
  • gel wax wicks
  • stuff to embed in the candles such as sand, shells, glass pebbles, or flowers
  • gel candle dye (optional)

Equipment

  • melt pot
  • heat source
  • glue gun
  • pencils or sticks
  1. Cut a piece of wick and secure it to the bottom of the container with hot glue.  Tie the other end to a stick to keep it from falling in the container.
  2. Decorate the bottom of the container with embedded objects.  While use of the gel candle should be stopped when it burns down near the embedded material it is still a good idea to use materials that will either not burn or will burn safely.  If necessary you can use another small drop of hot glue to secure the pieces in place but this is best avoided if possible.
  3. Melt the gel wax on the heat source.  Keep a close eye on it.  Once melted it can catch fire easily.  Keep a method to smoother fire close at hand.
  4. Pour gel wax into containers.
  5. Once the wax is cooled, trim the wick.