Monday, June 15, 2015

A Camping we will Go!

It was our first camping trip of the year with the the old girl back to my paradise. The interesting thing about going to the same spot year after year is how much it's changed from the year before.

The very first time we went 5 years ago it looked like this.

Now it looks like this.

Where we used to walk out on that flat rock area... the water now greets us at the edge of the brush.

It's amazing to see how high the lake has gotten!

Before we left for our trip I found a recipe from Dash of Nostalgia. Caramelized onion, tomato and goat cheese Tart. ( really... go check out her creation)
I've been wanted to try my hand at cooking on an open fire for awhile now and this seemed like a recipe that could work. If it didn't I could always throw it on the bbq to finish it since I knew the heat of the fire was going to be a tricky thing. For us virgin campfire cookers we thought less of a fire/heat then more for our first attempt at this.
 First Roger built the fire up to get a good bunch of coals on the bottom while I prepared the tart.
I had to change a few things from the originally recipe for someone who shall remain nameless who's not a fan of rosemary or goat cheese. Since it was just the two of us I also cut the recipe slightly in half.
Here's what I used.
One pkg of puff pastry 
250 grams of cottage cheese
2 eggs
1 onion
1 cup mushrooms
1 cup broccoli 
2 small tomatoes 
and 1 cup of cheese to top it with.

I generously greased my cast iron pan with butter for this experiment and would probably do it the same way again because it gave such a lovely crispy crust. But I'm jumping ahead.

So everything now put together like the original recipe...

(minus the broccoli and cheese, they were an afterthought)
and covered with foil, off to the fire we went.

We knocked down the fire and slowly added wood one piece at a time as needed to keep what we thought would be an even heat.

We timed it at about 20 mins. We moved it around quite a bit too sometimes over direct heat, then off to the side, back over the heat. I think this gave us the gave us the best result.

I served it with a caesar salad and we were both impressed with ourselves at how great it turned out.
I will one day make it as Lindsay intended it to be but either way I make this recipe, this one is a keeper. Thanks Miss Lane!! :)


  1. Oooh yum, that looks absolutely delicious Debra! I will make your version of this really soon.

    1. Thanks! I had some leftovers for lunch, it's still sooo good! Love that recipie!

  2. how awesome is that! and looks super delish too!

    1. It was super tasty with just a hint of fire baked in!

  3. Oh my word, does that look scrumptious - I adore that you make such elegant dishes when camping. Good food + the great outdoors is a match that has no equal in my culinary + camping loving books!

    Have a fantastic last week of spring, dear Debra!
    ♥ Jessica

    1. We don't do your typical camping food except for the s'more and maybe a few roasted hotdogs on the fire. We like to push the boundaries on camping food and now with using the open flame I'm game to experiment even more!!