Vegan Camping with Style
Or, as the boyfriend and I called it, glamping. My parents let us borrow their little pop-up camper, so we weren’t exactly roughing it, but we were outdoors a whole lot and we didn’t have electricity or running water! Their camper has a wee gas stovetop, so I got to cook whatever I wanted. I totally could have gone all veggie dogs and corn on the cob the whole time, but that is not exactly how I roll (complicated much?), so I made real food for us. Don’t worry, I also made sure to supply tons of junk food for us to snack on late into the night while we drank beers and played Monopoly (reality: the boyfriend thumped me at Monopoly while I threw fits because I’m a penny pincher even in pretend-land). Anyhow, here are some low quality photos of our food and our sights! I only took my iPod because I didn’t want to lug around my good DSLR, and it’s a good thing since my iPod screen got totally shattered and if that had happened to my camera, I might have died.
The night before we left, I made the pancake batter from Vegan with a Vengeance (minus the cinnamon), put it in a freezer bag, and then on ice, ready for our first morning! Lovely eaten with a cup of tea on a cool morning by the river.
I also marinated and baked the smokey tofu from Vegan World Feast before we left, which we ate on sandwiches. So good! In the back is some couscous with tomatoes and capers from Veganomicon, also made before we left. (I’m a planner, no?)
On our last evening, I roasted of loads of veggies from our CSA and my parents’ garden: green beans, eggplant, bell peppers, squash, onions, tomatoes, garlic. This time I actually used the fireplace! With some lemon juice and plenty of salt and pepper, they were hearty and yummy over some whole wheat penne. You just can’t beat that charred flavor you get when you roast veggies over an open flame!
We also made smores with Dandie’s and rice milk chocolate that were amazing and just like the smores of my childhood, but it was too dark to take a photo by then. Even my parents (who came out to visit during our last evening) said they were just as good as nonvegan ones!
Aside from eating ourselves silly, the boyfriend and I hiked a lot with our dog and did a little tubing down the river, even though the water was ridiculously cold for August. I’ll finish up with the photos I took along the way!