Campsite Recipes

In need of some campsite cooking inspiration? It's Emma Philpott to the rescue with these tried and true recipes.

Roquefort cheese - perfect for your campsite pasta. Photo: Cyn Furey

Roquefort cheese - the perfect sauce for your campsite pasta.
Photo: Cyn Furey

Pasta with Roquefort cheese sauce

This recipe was inspired by our friends Yves and Ingrid who took us on a tour of the Rocquefort factory when we stayed with them in France.

Serves two

200g pasta
150g double cream (about ¾ of a tetra pack carton)
50–100g Roquefort cheese
Pepper to season

Boil water then add pasta. Cook for about two minutes less than recommended cooking time before taking off the heat. Put a lid over it and wrap in a cloth or towel to insulate so it will continue cooking as you prepare the sauce. In a second pot or saucepan pour cream and add crumbled cheese to taste. Stir until the cheese has melted and take off the heat. Drain pasta and add cream sauce, stirring to coat. Season with pepper and serve. For variation, add thinly sliced soft vegetables such as courgettes, peppers or mushrooms to the sauce.

Campsite Crepes

Crepes are a great option for breakfast or lunch if you're having a day off the bike (you'll need eggs on hand). They're also possible as a treat on cycling days if you replace the eggs with an egg-replacer powder (found in health food stores) and carry milk wrapped in a wet towel to keep it cool. You'll need about half an hour to cook and a supply of water to clean up after your feast.

For 2 people as a meal or 4 as a dessert

1 cup all purpose flour
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup water
Pinch of salt
Approx 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
Sweet topping suggestions: Bananas, lemon, honey, jam
Savoury topping suggestions: Cheese, ham, mushrooms

Put flour in a bowl (or your pot) and add eggs, mixing with a fork until combined. Add milk and water slowly, stirring continuously until you have a thin batter. Heat a non-stick frying pan and add a little bit of butter. Add just enough batter to cover the bottom of your pan (will depend on size of pan). Tilt the pan to ensure an even coating of batter. Cook until the bottom is brown (about two minutes), then flip your crepe. Cook the other side, then serve.

See also Emma's guide to eating on the road and also her tips for mastering campsite cooking.

For even more campsite cooking tips, see the Cool Camping Cookbook, The Camping Cookbook by Annie Bell, The One Pan Gourmet: Fresh Foodon the Trail by Don Jacobson, The Complete Trail Food Cookbook: Over 300 Recipes for Campers, Canoeists and Backpackers and The Backpacker's Cookbook by David Coustick.

Emma Philpott is a world-curious New Zealander who packed up London life to cycle back to New Zealand in March 2010, boyfriend in tow. After spending winter in Istanbul, they cycled east during 2011 thorugh Russia, Mongolia, China and South-East Asia. You can read about their adventures on their Rolling Tales blog.

Where to buy camping kit for cycling

Cyclocamping.com is an online camping store run by a Franco-American couple with 10 years' touring experience. It has an excellent range of bike accessories and spares, plus a full range of camping kit, and products are field-tested. They offer worldwide delivery. 

REI is a US-based eco-sensitive clothing and camping store that also stocks a diverse range of bikes.

Camping World is one of the UK's largest camping retailers. Their prices are usually very competitive and they offer free UK delivery, as well as delivery worldwide for a surcharge.

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