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If You Can Cook Camp Food, You Have All the Skills You Need for Quarantine Cooking (Here are a Few Recipes)

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What do quarantine and camping have in common? “Not much” you say, as you stare at your living room wall for the 572nd time today, dreaming of outdoor trips. No, at the outset there aren’t a lot of parallels. But if you do spend time outside, there’s one thing that you just might be well trained to do in this moment: make food.

In the outdoor kitchen, you’re limited by ingredients, just like right at this moment you’re wondering how to turn yet another can of cans into dinner. Yes, quarantine cooking and camp cooking require some of the exact same creative skills.

A few years ago, my friend Brendan Leonard and I wrote a book called Best Served Wild, devoted to the outdoor kitchen. And yes, a few of those recipes were inventions of necessity, born out of needing to use things up (hello, banana fritters).

Turns out, that’s exactly how we are cooking in our kitchens right now. Go to the back of the pantry, find a can of beans, maybe a half dried out carrot in the fridge and figure out what the fuck to make for dinner.

We wanted to help you out, so we pulled together five different camp cooking recipes that felt right for this moment. And just like in the outdoors, don’t forget your spice kit or the hot sauce.

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Written by Anna Brones

April 29, 2020 at 12:55

Camp Cooking: Coconut Ginger Vermicelli Noodles

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This weekend marks the fourth annual Swift Campout, a global call to get people out for a night and bike camp, hosted by Swift Industries. And what do you need for a good bike camping trip? Good food.

This recipe for Coconut Ginger Vermicelli Noodles is one that I originally made for the MSR Summit Register blog. It’s a recipe that’s perfect for an overnight trip as you can prep a few of the ingredients at home and then throw the whole thing together at camp.

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Written by Anna Brones

June 19, 2018 at 10:30

Fjällräven NYC: Swedish Outdoor Gear Comes to US

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There are few times when I wish that lived in a city other than Portland… but this month has given me a few reasons to want to live elsewhere. First there was the Nau NYC pop-up shop. Who doesn’t want to go visit that? And now it’s the Fjällräven NYC store. The Swedish brand is probably best known for its classic, and slightly vintage-looking, backpack (yes, that is the Swedish flag made out of a bunch of them pictured above).

I grew up camping in a Fjällräven tent, purchased by my father sometime back in the 70s, and I must say that I’m highly jealous of all the New Yorkers that now get to bask in Swedish outdoor gear glory. Certainly not helped by the fact that I fell in love with a certain red, Fjällräven winter jacket when I was in Sweden a couple of months ago… Not only does Fjällräven design durable and functional products — my father’s tent is still in working order — the company also has a respectable set of responsible environmental codes used to run their business.

So if you live in the Big Apple, make sure to drop by and say hej.

[Via: Cold Splinters]

[Photo: paulandwilliams, Flickr]

Written by Anna Brones

November 20, 2009 at 17:35