Camp Cooking Made Simple at Loch Ness

Camp Cooking Made Simple at Loch Ness

Unleash Your Inner Chef at Loch Ness

As I gaze out over the serene waters of Loch Ness, the soft lapping of the waves and the gentle rustling of the trees provide the perfect backdrop for my culinary adventures. Welcome to my campsite, where I’ve been wild camping for over 30 years, and where I’ve perfected the art of camp cooking. Whether you’re a seasoned outdoor enthusiast or a newcomer to the world of camping, get ready to discover the joys of whipping up delicious, easy-to-prepare meals right here in the heart of the Scottish Highlands.

Mastering the Campfire Cookout

One of the true joys of camping at Loch Ness is the opportunity to cook over an open fire. There’s just something primeval and satisfying about it, don’t you think? But don’t worry, you don’t need to be a gourmet chef to create mouthwatering meals. With a little bit of planning and the right techniques, you can become a campfire cooking virtuoso in no time.

First and foremost, let’s talk about the all-important campfire. At Dores Beach, where I typically set up camp, there’s an abundance of dry kindling and firewood available, so getting that initial blaze going is a breeze. I like to start with some crumpled newspaper or a few cotton balls soaked in petroleum jelly to get the fire roaring, then gradually add larger pieces of wood to build up a nice bed of coals. Remember, the key is to let the fire burn down until you have a solid layer of glowing embers – that’s when the real magic happens.

Now, the fun part: choosing your menu. One of my personal favorites is a good old-fashioned campfire stew. Simply chop up some potatoes, carrots, onions, and whatever other veggies you have on hand, toss them into a Dutch oven or heavy-duty pot, and let the flavors meld together as the stew simmers over the coals. The aroma alone is enough to work up an appetite!

Another camp cooking classic is the humble foil packet. This is a great way to cook proteins like chicken, fish, or even plant-based options like tofu, along with your choice of vegetables, seasonings, and sauces. Just wrap everything up in a tight foil pouch, place it on the grate over the fire, and let the indirect heat work its magic. The best part? Minimal cleanup!

But let’s not forget about dessert. One of my go-to camp sweets is the classic campfire s’more. Roast some marshmallows to gooey perfection, sandwiched between crisp graham crackers and rich chocolate – it’s a taste of pure nostalgia that never fails to delight. And if you’re feeling particularly creative, you can even try your hand at a castle-themed birthday cake over the open fire.

Packing the Perfect Camping Pantry

Of course, no camp cooking adventure would be complete without the right supplies. As I mentioned, I tend to do my grocery runs at the Tesco supermarket about 6 miles from Dores Beach, stocking up on all the essentials. But when it comes to my camping pantry, I like to keep things simple and streamlined.

First and foremost, I always make sure I have a good selection of non-perishable items like canned goods, dried beans, and whole grains. These shelf-stable staples are the foundation of any camp cooking repertoire. I also like to pack some versatile spices and seasonings, like salt, pepper, garlic powder, and a few of my favorite herb blends. You’d be amazed at how a sprinkle of the right seasoning can transform even the most basic campfire dish.

Of course, fresh produce is always a welcome addition to my camp cooking lineup. Luckily, the Dores Inn is just a short walk from my campsite, and they use locally sourced, seasonal ingredients in their delicious meals. So if I’m feeling a bit lazy or want to treat myself, I can always pop over there for a bite.

The Joy of Outdoor Exploration

One of the best things about camping at Loch Ness is the opportunity to immerse yourself in the great outdoors. When I’m not busy whipping up culinary masterpieces over the campfire, I love to explore the surrounding area. A quick 500-meter stroll from my campsite in the woods will take me to the Dores Inn, where I can refill my water bottle at the outdoor tap or take advantage of their facilities when the inn is open.

But the real adventure lies in venturing out onto the loch itself. I always make sure to bring my trusty kayak, which allows me to glide across the still waters and take in the breathtaking scenery from a unique perspective. And if I’m feeling a bit more daring, I’ll take out my drone to capture some truly awe-inspiring aerial footage of Loch Ness and the surrounding highlands.

Of course, no visit to Loch Ness would be complete without a visit to the legendary Urquhart Castle, located at the other end of the loch. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve wandered the castle’s historic ruins, imagining the stories that these ancient walls could tell. And if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you can even book a boat tour to search for the elusive Loch Ness Monster – though I’ve yet to spot the famous creature myself.

A Feast for the Senses

As the sun dips below the horizon, painting the loch in shades of gold and orange, I can’t help but feel a deep sense of gratitude for this extraordinary place. Whether I’m whipping up a delectable campfire meal, exploring the surrounding wilderness, or simply soaking in the tranquility of my surroundings, Loch Ness has a way of nourishing the soul as much as the body.

So if you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, I invite you to join me on a culinary adventure at Loch Ness Shores. Pack your camping gear, your sense of wonder, and your appetite – because together, we’re going to create some truly unforgettable memories (and maybe a few delicious meals) in the heart of the Scottish Highlands.

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