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The steady creep of...
It seems that camping has morphed from just "camping" into "cooking in primitive conditions."
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gatz From: gatz Date: May 22nd, 2009 04:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
How so? Aren't they kind of one and the same?
komos From: komos Date: May 22nd, 2009 04:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
In the course of my life, camping has morphed from family outings to "improved" lakeside campgrounds with activities for the kiddies to wilderness trekking to car camping and lately to car camping with full menus.

In the first incarnation, food was limited to hotdogs, burgers, and the occasional flaming marshmallow. In the next, you got to eat what you were willing to carry, which in practice meant GORP, hard cheeses, and summer sausage... with some coffee if you got creative.

Suffice to say that there's a fair amount of gear and supplies coming with for the jaunt this weekend that hasn't always been part of the plan.

Edited at 2009-05-22 04:35 pm (UTC)
cris From: cris Date: May 22nd, 2009 09:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
nowadays, hike-in camping incorporates freeze-dried Mountain Man meals, which are basically evolved versions of "Cup O Noodles". Though, in my earlier days, we bypassed coffee for quintuple bagged tea with condensed milk.

yeah, some of the stuff we've seen in car campsites basically comes out to 'hippie tailgate parties' There's something strangely wrong when families aren't even building campfires anymore and are just clustering around a car-portable Weber grill sitting on top of a picnic table.

When car camping, we like roasting vegetables by cubing them, then wrapping in a foil packet with olive oil, sea salt and a few sprigs of fresh herbs. Toss the packets into the campfire and retrieve a little later.
komos From: komos Date: May 26th, 2009 03:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Most of our cooking happens over the fire, but I'll confess to toting the sputnik grill around from time to time. It's more for having options than anything, and very useful for putting together quick things for the childrens while the fire is otherwise crowded with slow-cooking options they have no interest in.

This weekend, we shared the campground with folks who brought full-sized gas grills and enough portable light to make the woods look like a small city. I just don't see the point of the exercise at that point.

I'm really fond of shredded fennel in that preparation. Enough that I've done it pretty regularly at home.
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