With the Covid 19 restrictions we are under at the moment and the advice from our governments to stay at home to stop or slow the spread of the virus I thought I’d share one or two simple camping recipes you could try at home.
Bannock bread is a great recipe to know when you’re cooking in the hills, on the road or have nothing at home except porridge! It’s a traditional flat bread that was eaten in Scotland and parts of Ireland. There are loads of variations but the basic ingredients are usually oats, water/milk, butter/oil/lard, salt and herbs and spices to add.
It’s quick, simple and nutritious.
I’m using a Trangia-27 storm stove set;
Melt butter in a heated pan. Add enough water to half a cup of oats to make the oats pliable and doughy(about 2 or 3 tablespoons). Add the melted butter to the oats. Add a teaspoon of salt – ( you can also add whatever herbs you like, thyme & rosemary would be good). Knead the dough to a flat shape about half an inch thick – adding a few dry oats to the surface you are kneading on prevents the dough from sticking. Add the flat dough to a hot pan and fry on both sides for about 3 to 4 minutes until it changes to a golden brown colour. You’re done! It’s great with jam!
I got up one morning earlier than normal to take a walk up a hill beside me. As I walked higher and higher everything below remained under a blanket of fog, mist and light drizzle. You could come to the same place over and over again but each visit will be different. Everything changes in the mist.
Fóidin Mearbhaill – a phenomenon in Irish mythology of been enchanted and led astray in the mist.
The western counties of Ireland, in particular the Wild Atlantic Way, are quite busy during the summer months. The usual bucket list destinations attract crowds that fleet for a moment, capturing instagram friendly snaps, and off again leaving a trail of hash-tags and filters.
I’m not sure what it is that attracts me to hills. It could be a number of things. It could be the reward of freewheeling manically downhill. Maybe it’s the chance to empty your brain, focusing on the one task of carrying you and your bike upwards. Or perhaps it’s the self congratulatory pat on the back for your efforts . It’s probably a bit of all three! Read More