Outdoor food on Friday - August 28th 2015

Well! It's the end of August (almost) and next outdoor food linky day all the kids will be back at school. Will we all still find time to eat outside? I suspect that a cup of tea in the garden will start to be the only outdoor food I get. But I hope that doesn't stop you finding a recipe to link up - something you plan to try on a next camping trip, a sandwich you think might travel well, not only to school but for a picnic.

What items would you add to the prefect end of summer picnic? Have you had a last outdoor meal with the children before school? Do grab a badge and link up below, I'd love to read your post!

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Outdoor food on Friday - 21st August 2015

Friday is here again and once more I'm putting my linky out there to see if you'll share an outdoor eating or cooking post.

As you are reading this I will be driving off to Wadfest, a small festival full of large hearted people. There will be zombie Nerf battles, murder mystery parties and outdoor cocktail parties. I'm hoping to cook some bacon this trip (I keep forgetting to take any!) and maybe some eggs, I'm also tempted to try pancakes and maybe the apple pancake recipe I mentioned on my other blog! (don't panic, I'll link it below) I haven't had a camping fry up in ages, now if the rain could just keep off that would be great!

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Heads up - a competition #campingmemories

Not my competition but one I saw online, you might like to try and win a camping holiday.

Fairly easy to enter via social media, though you'll have to act fast as it closes on 23rd August

The competition is being run by Stavely Head Insurance and you can find out all about it and the prizes here.


  • Follow Staveley Head on Twitter or like them on Facebook
  • Share your favourite (or funniest) memories of camping holidays by tweeting them @Staveley_Head or posting on their Facebook Page  using the hashtag #CampingMemories– photos are welcome too!
  • They’ll choose their favourite entry and announce the winner on the 24th August
and that's it!

I might have to tell them about the ants nest!

Camp Bestival - my review of 2015

I’ve been quiet on the blog lately. It’s summer time (yes really, despite the weird weather) and so it is my favourite time, Festival Season. I started in May of course, then there was a long gap  (picture my sad face here) but then it was July and at the end of it there was Camp Bestival!

Yippee! This year the headliners were the Kaiser Chiefs so with a huge dose of over excitement I had bought my tickets as soon as they were available. I once thought DD had grown too old for Camp Bestival, after all it’s Bestival’s younger sibling; a festival that caters for breastfeeding mums, tiny babies, toddlers, and over excited 4 year old Mr Tumble fans. But since the arrival of the Den and this year a really excellent lineup (my teen demanded a T shirt with the band list on the back this year, a sure fire way to check if your festival is ‘cool’) we are both back in love again, in fact DD has declared it once again has the top slot in her ‘favourite festivals’.

We arrived on Thursday and pitched up on a rapidly filling camp site. I love the main camping fields, the boutique and glamping fields always look a bit regimented to me. I love to look at the various tent styles, the mix of colours and shapes, the way everyone squeezes their tents into each gap, I imagine from the air it would resemble a vast game of Tetris as we all set up.

The weather was perfect, I suspect Rob Da Bank is in league with mysterious powers as he seems to always have perfect weather for this amazing festival. DD enjoyed just roaming the site, meeting up with one of her teachers (what are the chances!?) who was leading nature walks down to the lake, of course we had to go, and it was lovely. I wore my ballgown (of course) and rabbit ears…and now DD is dreading the next parents evening.

We really enjoyed the comedy which was back this year. Plenty of vulgar jokes, swearing and general rudeness, totally unsuitable for children, as the signs outside the tent demonstrated. It was a little strange therefore to find it in the Lower Kid’s Field…(best part was one of the comedians asking a ten year old what the worst swear he knew was, so we could know how rude to be, after checking it was OK to answer with his mum, he blurted out C*NT into the microphone and the tent erupted! hilarious)

We watched movies (Madagascar, yes I've seen it before - I still cried) in the morning in the Big Top, while eating bacon sandwiches and drinking cranberry and vodka, my festival breakfast drink of choice.

We also enjoyed watching the stunt riding at the jousting arena, this year 'Cossack' themed, excellent riding and stunning horses.

One of my highlights was The Jam Jar Cocktail bar again, not just the bearded guy mixing my drink, but the drinks themselves, a delicious margarita and a suitable spicy Bloody Mary, complete with celery (two of my 5 a day right there!)

Talking of food, I was able to lose my Nandos virginity this year at Camp Bestival, I opted for a ‘hot’ wrap while DD went for ‘no sauce, milder than mild’. I rather enjoyed it too, cheeky.

The Insect Circus had some new acts and was as much fun as always. Listening to The Kings Parade at the bandstand in glorious sunshine, while I lay on my blanket (I was just resting my eyes!) was so lovely and relaxing and Dd loved hearing Ella Henderson on the main stage, though a set change meant we missed a food talk I had hoped to attend.

A surprise favourite for me was a band I had previously never heard of (spookily we heard their latest track on Radio 1 as we drove to Camp Bestival!) Slaves, very fun and punk, and energetic, I still think that’s one of the best things about festivals, the random discoveries.

The Kaiser Chiefs were excellent, despite a packed field so we didn’t have a great view it was fun to join in the massed sing-along with Ruby Ruby Ruby Ruby! (ahaaaaaahahaaahaaa) And the fireworks that close the whole thing were as good as always.

So much more to see and do than I've mentioned here - a real 'week's holiday in 4 days' - do check out the slide show below.

Can't wait for next year now - the countdown has begun.

Grab you tickets at http://www.campbestival.net/tickets where you can sign up for a weekly payment plan to spread the cost at no extra cost to you!

*PS yes I can say and write the word, I just favour not having the blog found via it as a search term! I'm not a prude, honest!

Outdoor food on Friday - 14th August 2015

Due to my being at so many festivals I failed to add a linky last Friday. I hope that means lots of links this week! feel free to add a link to any post about eating outside - no matter how old that post is! Recipes and picnic ideas are especially desired at this time of year, but any post in which you ate outside is very welcome.

Wilderness Festival was super at the weekend (proper blog posts about Camp Bestival and Wilderness to follow!) and of course I ate outside all of the time, everything from instant porridge ( just add boiling water, what a genius idea that is!) via slices of cake to hash browns, and bacon and duck egg butties. We also enjoyed some smokey toast - toasted over the flames from the chimney of the kelly kettle!

Cheese at Wilderness

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Tuesday Tip - The best position

Well it's late but I'm sneaking in a Tuesday tip! I apologise for the lack of posts - I've been under canvas and enjoying myself (so I'm not *that* sorry) at various festivals - posts about them to come!

But Today's Tuesday Tip is all about positioning. When pitching a tent there are obvious things to try for such as a flat level area (at a festival this is often not possible and at Camp Bestival we camped on the side of a hill - ensuring we slept with the foot of our beds down the hill), I also favour not camping in a gully if there is even a chance of rain (or the chance of a leaking portable toilet at a festival!) yet not on the very top of a hill either as that can be a windy spot and there is always the thought of storms and lightning...

On a hill
Trees are another thing to steer safe of, try to pitch in the lee of a hedge or trees but not so close they can be blown on top of you or a stray branch could fall and damage the tent or you! At Wilderness Festival the Health and Safety team moved us out from the edges of an Oak tree as they thought we were still in the 'danger zone'
Near a tree, not under a tree

But however careful you are to position your tent carefully there is always the chance of the unexpected, this last weekend at Wilderness Festival this unexpected thing was ... flying ants! A secret and otherwise silent ants nest (luckily only of harmless black ants) erupted on a hot afternoon with a million flying queen ants and their many minions INSIDE our tent! A hilarious (now, not at the time) half an hour of emptying the tent, pouring boiling water on the nest (sorry ants) and generally panicking and tidying resulted in a tent once again fit for habitation.
Safe inside again

So, today's tip - position your tent safely, but always expect the unexpected!

Happy camping.

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