Sunday, August 12, 2012

The Food - June 15 through 17

For us, food is always a highlight of any trip, whether or not we're camping.  Camping, though, presents an entirely different set of circumstances.

Back when we camped in tents, the challenges were how to keep things cold and how to cook over a campfire.

When we acquired our pop-up, it camp with small propane stove that could be used inside or out of the camper, and we began taking a small gas grill with us, too.  The pop-up had no refrigerator, so we relied upon coolers and a small dorm-sized fridge to keep food cold.

When we upgraded to the travel trailer, it came with a gas stove/oven, a microwave oven and a 5 cu. ft. refrigerator, which is the same set-up we have now.  We continue to bring our tabletop gas grill with us, and occasionally still cook over an open fire. 

Our challenge now is not bringing too much food.  I don't recall a time that we ever brought too little food, but we usually end up bring a lot of food home with us.  This isn't a bad thing, in and of itself; it's just more to have to carry back into the house.

When we camp, we try to have most of our meals at the camper.  This varies, of course.  Sometimes we are away from camp doing other things and know we will be eating lunch out.  Sometimes relatives are within a few miles and we are invited to eat with them.  Other times we go out to eat on the spur of the moment.  We never know exactly how it will turn out.

That said, we kept the menu simple on our first trip out.

Friday night we kept it simple with grilled cheeseburgers, chips and homemade hummus, with a salad on the side.

Saturday morning enjoyed coffee and some breakfast burritos (sausage, egg, cheese, salsa) I had made and froze ahead of time.

We were driving around at the Lake of the Ozarks at lunchtime and decided to eat at Franky and Louie's Beach Front Bar and Grill.  I had a Cajun Quesadilla and fries; Shane had a Franky's Club and fries.

By evening, my Dad, who lives nearby, was back from his own travels, so we invited him to have supper with us.  We had grilled venison steaks, cowboy potatoes, corn on the cob, and salad.  My dad brought some baked beans and also some ice cream to go with our feast.

Cowboy Potatoes

Dad invited us in for breakfast, so we did that on Sunday morning.  Later, my older brother joined us, and we'd hoped to take Dad out for lunch, but he preferred to stay in, so we ended up having frozen pizzas and other things we scrounged from his cupboards.


Parked at Thibault Point Campground, Truman Lake
near Warsaw, MO
June 15-17, 2012