So this past weekend I went camping for the first time :) It was pretty different from the camping I’ve done before (always sleeping in cabins) but we really enjoyed it and plan to go again soon. Although I had only ‘camped’ in cabins it wasn’t like the camping was super fancy and plush. For Camp Kandalore in Canada we actually spent all days outdoors. In February. In Canada. Yes. Lots of cross country skiing, snow-shoeing, making slushies with Gatorade syrup and fresh snow, playing camouflage, and the only way to shower was a polar bear dip. Also know as, cutting a hole in the ice of a frozen lake, jumping in, jumping out and then running to a sauna. We also would have slept outdoors one of the nights but there wasn’t enough snow to build a quincy (like an igloo but made of snow).
However going to sleep in a cozy cabin with an attached bathroom makes a big difference. As we were both kind of new to this we didn’t bring an inflatable mattress and me overestimating the softness/insulation of my new sleeping bag I didn’t buy a mattress pad either. So at night it was pretty close to freezing (probably around 35 F) and just me, sleeping bag, thin tent and cold hard ground (bf was wise and got the mattress pad). Definitely slept with two sweaters, pants, wool socks, and a beanie on yet still was pretty cold the entire time. Oh well. You live you learn. The location was really nice, Palomar Mountain does not even feel like San Diego with all the tall pine trees, creeks, and dense forest instead of the dry shrubs you are used to. P.S. If you are not interested in pictures of trees and woodland creatures just scroll down to the bacon breakfast taco/food part.
We even spotted some wild turkey/pheasant/fat-bird-looking-things which surprisingly moved too fast for us to take pictures of and lots of deer.
OK, THIS IS THE BACON BREAKFAST TACO / FOOD PART.
Oh and by the way: we are cooking with bacon grease here kids :)
RECIPE:BACON BREAKFAST TACOS
Serves 2 people (4 tacos total).
- 4 strips of bacon
- 5 eggs
- shredded cheese
- 1 avocado
- 1 jalapeño
- 1/4 onion
- 4 tortillas
- salt, pepper and hot sauce to taste
- Finely chop jalapeño, onion, and cilantro and set aside.
- Heat the pan to medium-low, cut bacon strips in half and lay down on hot pan. Cook to desired crispness, remove from pan, turn off heat and then let the bacon sit on paper towels.
- In a bowl, whisk the eggs together and season with salt and pepper.
- In the same pan where the bacon was cooked, turn the heat to medium. If there is too much bacon grease in the pan sop up some of it with paper towels but keep in mind you need enough fat to cook the eggs in.
- Quickly add the tortillas in and let them heat up on both sides. Set apart on serving plates.
- Turn down the heat to low on the same pan. Add the eggs and scramble to desired consistency.
- Once eggs are at desired consistency, turn off heat and add as much shredded cheese as you like (or not) to the top. Let the cheese melt with the residual heat. Meanwhile, slice the avocado.
- Add the bacon and eggs to the warmed tortillas. Top with avocado, onions, jalapeño, and cilantro. Hot sauce optional (but highly recommended).
Now with lots of hot sauce.
This is the handy camping stove thing we used. Worked wonderfully and so fast. This was super handy and we probably would have eaten pb&j’s the whole weekend if we didn’t have it as we had a little bit of trouble getting our real firewood to burn.
We are not ultimate failures though so on Day 2 we actually got real FIRE with the help of plenty of ripped Trader Joe’s bags and tons of lighter fluid:
For dinner that night we made roasted chicken garlic herb sausages, a jalapeño + onion + mushroom hash, fire-roasted corn and veggie tacos with the leftover ingredients from the morning breakfast tacos. Fire-roasted corn is AMAZING if you like corn on the cob this is that on steroids. As a kid we used to have bonfires every now and then (which I now realize was a fun/deceptive way for my dad to get all three daughters to go pick up all the sticks that fell from the trees onto our garden) and we used to wrap corn and sweet potatoes in foil with plenty of butter and salt and pepper and stick them near the coals. The end results were AMAZING…Unfortunately during our camping trip I kind of totally forgot the corn doesn’t take that long so it definitely burned a little. Ok, a lot. But the non-charred parts? AMAZING.
And at night we obviously had to make s’mores. For the cookies I decided I wanted to make peanut butter cookies instead of graham crackers. So I went with Averie Cooks recipe for Peanut Butter Coconut Oil Cookies. These cook up puffy, super soft, and have the slightest hint of coconut. And along with the chocolate we added some Nutella to the cookies before adding the torched marshmallows, it was pretty tasty. Too bad that with the light from our LED lantern they look quite sickly.
And at night when we were cooped up in the tent we polished off the rest of the cookies with a bottle of red wine. Yay camping.
The next day we went to the observatory and then went on a long hike to Doane Pond and up to ‘Scott’s Cabin’ (which we completely missed and realized we must have walked right by without noticing it) and the Weir Historic Site. Which was just a tiny structure with two windows. No idea how this is considered historic. It’s not even big enough to be a watch tower or anything. Maybe it was a historic half-bathroom.
And that’s it. Great trip and great food. We came home tired and longing for a soft bed and a long shower but we can’t wait to do it again. Next time we will also remember to bring an inflatable mattress, headlamps, foil, honey (failed hot toddy plans), and firewood that actually catches on fire.