As you know we love a good campfire recipe here at AH 🙂
This is a great (and easy peasy one!) one – courtesy of The Woodland Trust…
As you know we love a good campfire recipe here at AH 🙂
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You can just about cook anything on a campfire and one of our AH favourites is the Pan Pizza! 🙂
There are a few essential items that you do need to be able to cook with fire well, and a few that are ‘nice to haves’. So I thought we would start with the absolute basic must have and work our way through some recipes to use the essential campfire kit…
The solid steel frying pan. Is an absolute outdoor fire cooking essential. Double handled pots are handy too but a fry pan is an essential in my book. You can buy one at Greenman Bushcraft.
Yummy, crunchy bottom to this pizza if you get it right, burnt to a crisp if you get it wrong 🙂
Make sure that your fire is cooling when you cook this and the top cheese will be molten, not that golden brown, but its just as delicious!
Toppings of your choice… we recommend that you use fresh mozzarella balls, fresh basil and tomato sauce, with a sprinkling of Cheddar or Red Leicester cheese. And for those blue cheese fiends then gorgonzola is amazing on this pizza, as it melts into the crust!
This is also a great pudding pizza – add some fresh berries mixed with mascarpone and heat through, until the berries are warm and the mascarpone has melted a bit into the dough crust. Or mix figs with syrup with mascarpone and, again this is a simply marvelous pudding pizza
Pizza dough Ingredients
500g white bread flour (preferably 00 flour, but strong white break flour is OK too)
100g semolina flour (finely ground)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1x 7g yeast sachet
½ teaspoon golden caster sugar
3 tablespoons of olive oil (and a little extra for cooking the pizza in the skillet/frying pan with)
Add your toppings and then cover with tin foil to cook through again (or a pan lid, to make a mini oven) until the cheese on top has melted and your veg or other toppings are as soft as you would like them and cooked through.
We’ll be back with more tasty campfire cooking recipes soon! See our other easy campfire recipes here!
There is something magical about cooking outdoors and the food always seems to taste so much better, doesn’t it?! 🙂
Some things need a little bit of prep indoors, but so many amazing and delicious things can be made on an open fire so why wouldn’t you? Many of us spend summer outdoors BBQ-ing, but this summer why not have an open fire instead? And if you haven’t got anywhere for an open fire, a portable fire pit will do just the trick!
Here at AH, we are lucky enough to have a Scout built fire pit, rough and ready and very basic, but just perfect for trying out some of the recipes below…
So, with no kit whatsoever, there are some pretty fab recipes that you can cook over the camp fire.
Loaf of white bread (slightly stale is OK!)
Jam – your choice of jam
Dusting of sugar (could add some cinnamon for added flavour)
Enjoy warm…. sprinkled with some sugar. Don’t look at them, just imagine they are real donuts and you will be surprised just how jam donut like they really do taste 🙂
For a Gluten free alternative just use Gluten free bread, it works just as well.
Marshmallows are amazing to make, satisfying and just fab, so what I recommend is that you make your marshmallows ahead of time yourself, ready to toast on the fire. They are just a million times tastier than shop bought marshmallows.
Makes approx. 36
2 x 7g sachets powdered gelatine
450g/1lb caster sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract (or 1 tsp almond extract)
1 tbsp sunflower oil
50g/2oz icing sugar, plus extra for dredging
50g/2oz cornflour, plus extra for dredging
Now you have your marshmallows ready for toasting when you want, light that fire on a beautiful evening, have a BBQ, and then toast some of these wee babies. 🙂 Yum!
AND, if you want a properly scrummy desert, take it one step further and make some…..
Serves as many as you want, but allow at least four smores per person for a pudding, preferably five when using the minis, and two per person when using bigger digestive biscuits.
Chocolate digestive biscuits (minis if possible)
Marshmallows (pre-made homemade are best, but shop bought if you haven’t got time/it’s a last minute spur of the moment camp fire day)
This has got to be one of the best ever camping puddings (there are a few others up there too though – and I promise we’ll cover those later!
Wild Garlic is a foragers delight and can be used for a whole host of recipes. It is great for campfire cooking and we will share with you our favourite AH Wild Garlic Pesto recipe another time! 🙂
Do make sure you pick the right thing – Wild Garlic – and not any other wild flower (like Lilly of the Valley for example) which may be poisonous.
This has got to be one of those angelic food combinations…quick, easy; food from the Gods.
I know not everyone likes pheasant, but please try this, and if you simply can’t face pheasant breasts, or can’t get hold of them then mini-chicken fillets work almost as well.
4 x decent sized pheasant breasts or 8 mini-chicken fillets
A really good sized bunch of wild garlic leaves, foraged hopefully as I’m not sure you can buy these at any supermarket yet! Best picked in April and May, fresh, and often found near Bluebell woodland at the same time the bluebells are flowering.
‘Pimping your Prosecco’ is a concept that has been around for a while, especially at weddings and special events, it looks great, tastes great and adds a fun DIY element. Although we still love a simple glass of Prosecco straight up, the ever-increasing options of things to add to your glass of bubbles is just to tempting to resist.
Simply with fruit and garnishes, edible glitter and flowers or go all out with crazy colour, bursting bubbles and moving swirls from Popaball.
We have to say that by far our favourite option, and we think all our fellow ginthusiasts will agree, is the growing selection of fruity and floral infused gins which when combined with our other favouirte (of course!), Prosecco, make some fab wedding day cocktails. ENJOY!
Summer in a glass, made with fresh Angus and Perthshire berries in the award winning Gin Bothy. Simply pour 15ml of strawberry gin into a flute; top up with Prosecco; finish with a strawberry slice and a couple of mint leaves.
Turn your Prosecco to a delicate blush pink with a shot of Strathearn’s Heather Rose Gin and just for fun float a couple of rose petals or raspberries on the top.
For an exotic touch to your cocktail set up, try the tongue tingling Boë Bellini – a shot of Boë Peach & Hibiscus gin liqueur topped with Prosecco, and garnish with a peach slice.
A true micro distillery, producing only 50 bottles a batch – this Raspberry Ripple Gin is the perfect addition to your glass of fizz, and add a whole raspberry to finish this off.
Made from freshly picked elderflowers Edinburgh Gin’s Elderflower liqueur goes beautifully in a glass of Prosecco, with a slice of cucumber or green apple to garnish.
We hope you like Tipple in a TukTuk’s Gincredible Top 5. We do at AH and plan to road test a few of these ourselves very soon! 🙂
PS If you love Gin don’t forget we offer Gin Tasting Experiences here at AH and it’s a great idea for your Hen Do too!
Alexander house is the perfect location for your festival-themed wedding. With a large luxurious country house as your base with a cosy glamping yurt with wood-fired hot tub for your wedding night – it’s a blank canvas for your festival wedding day, what more could you wish for as you begin your wedding planning?
With the option to add a fun party size tipi, pretty sperry, large wedding yurt and bell tents, your magical day can spill from the main house into the amazing grounds in relaxed festival style!
Be sure to prepare for the weather, however, and pop jolly selections of brollies around to allow guests to wander outdoors with ease.
Our wedding friends at BrollyBucket are the UK’s premier umbrella hire service for weddings and events. Established in 2011 they are now industry leaders in providing elegant, high quality umbrellas to events and weddings nationwide. They’re a friendly bunch with a truly personal service which has been highly commended by past clients and hiring their umbrellas is an ‘essential service’ for wedding industry professionals. We highly recommend them here at AH.
Choose beautiful, elegant umbrellas from their extensive colour range for you and your guests.
A wedding day essential, your wedding umbrella will not only keep you dry, it will look elegant in your photographs and will add a lovely feature to your wedding film or video. Having a crisp bridal umbrella on hand is the perfect ‘just in case’ solution to any Scottish rainy day woes. Their umbrellas can also be used as a styling ‘feature’ and they love nothing more than supplying brollies to suspend from the roof of a gorgeous yurt, sperry, tipi or traditional marquee – the ideas are endless!
They are quick too! They aim to deliver your hired brollies 3 working days before your wedding date and collect them 2 working days after your big day finishes – so you can be sure to be well prepared! Their signature umbrella stand, or ‘bucket’ has been specifically designed to display the umbrellas beautifully.
Gone are the only options white or pastel umbrellas for weddings, inject some colourful festival vibe with the summer event wedding package – and keep your guests dry as they move from the house to your or tipi, explore the fabulous grounds, relax on the lawn or turn their hand to some fairground games!
A rain shower will simply add a splash of colour to your day as the umbrellas spring up in wonderful bright shades across the grounds, as your guests continue to have a ball! To maximise the festival vibes, match the brollies to festival flags, food truck catering and don’t forget your wristbands!
Simply position the willow umbrella stands or classic clear acrylic buckets around the venue and let your guests come and go as they please. Make your guests feel loved… hire lots of lovely umbrellas!
Brollybucket only use high quality, elegant umbrellas of classic design, from Italy. Your umbrellas are sent to you individually sleeved in cellophane to ensure they are in an excellent condition ready for you to use. Hiring umbrellas of this quality is cheaper than buying and you only have them for the time you need.
The cost for the delivery and collection service is the same, no matter how many brollies you hire!
We know you will want to plan your festival wedding day down to the last detail. You will have agonised over colours and themes, you will have spent hours choosing the things that will make your day really special. So don’t let unpredictable, wet Scottish weather spoil your day.
Here at AH, we are lucky enough to have a Scout built fire pit, rough and ready and very basic, but just perfect for trying out this recipe.
You will need a Dutch Oven – a multi-purpose campfire cooking item that can be used as a frying pan if you’ve not got a solid steel frying pan (but it doesn’t work quite so well, for obvious reasons!). If you haven’t got a Dutch Oven, I actually use my AGA and Le Crueset pots on the campfire – so far so good! – but I can’t promise they were meant for that purpose, or yours will survive the experience, so please don’t blame me if you try. 🙂
This can be used with a tripod to hold the oven on, but you can just pop the oven straight onto your flattened down fire, or make sure you have a bit of chicken wire and 8 bricks – so that you can make a raised grid to make a flat cooking surface in the fire.
Delicious, simple curry that is totally versatile and will take just about any odds and ends of vegetables you have in the fridge to finish up as well!
This is not for the faint hearted as it has a good heat to it, but add extra coconut milk to taste, and serve with a delicious fruit raita to cool things down a bit, or a Mango Lassi.
Sometimes its good to warm up a bit when out camping in the winter.
900g diced Lamb, Beef or Pork
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 large red onion, finely sliced (reserve a few slivers for the garnish)
2 inch piece of ginger, grated
4 crushed garlic cloves
12 curry leaves
3 tbsp extra hot curry paste or 4 tbsp hot curry powder
1 tbsp chilli powder
1 tsp five spice
1 tsp ground turmeric
175ml thick coconut milk (or if you can’t get thick milk then coconut cream is ok)
1 tsp salt
This activity idea is incredibly popular with our AH guests and the great team at Strathearn Distillery create a fun and interactive Gin Tasting Experience. Perfect for Hen Do weekends and also those big birthday celebrations too!
Strathearn Distillery, near the village of Methven in Perthshire, is probably Scotland’s smallest distillery. The great team there produce a range of spirits including hand-crafted, artisan single cask, single malt whisky by using traditional methods and ideas. They also distil a range of premium gins which are now widely marketed across Scotland and beyond.
The Gin Tasting Experience starts with some background on gin and how it is made with various botanicals to give each one it’s unique flavour and aromas.
You will try various gins with different tonics and garnishes like juniper berries, cucumber, mint, lemon, lime or orange slices – to create a surprisingly different end drinks.
Which one will be your favourite?
This is the really fun bit! Then rate your gins to find your personal favourite. 🙂 Only one can be hard to choose!!
3 hours of gin knowledge, gin tasting, with what remains of the Strathearn Distillery gins are left with you to enjoy later in the day! (min 8, max 21 guests)
There is something utterly magical about cooking on an open fire, the wood smoke, the feeling of being one with nature, and of taking things back a step, to a slightly less hectic and more peaceful time. 🙂
Put away that mobile phone (except to take photos of course, of your marvelous fire, and amazing creations!), and step back into that era where things were just done a bit slower, and food was a real joy to cook… after all, it would have been a hard won commodity.
And if you haven’t got the space, or don’t want a fire pit in the garden at home, a portable fire pit is a magical invention. We use them all the time for my Scout camps. There are loads of options available to choose from like the portable La Hacienda Camping Fire Pit stocked by The Range shown below.
Or larger fire pits that can be a permanent fire pit in your garden, like this Garden Trading one…
1. Cut a rough circle out of your turf, or border, wherever you are siting the fire pit (remember, fire goes up a long way, and wind can take it a long way sideways by a fair distance too, so keep a fire pit well away from anything that you don’t want to set fire to! (I recommend at least a 5m circumference outside of the fire pit for safety).
If you want to cover over where your fire has been, set aside the turf that you have just cut out, for laying back in place once you are done, it will take again surprisingly quickly!
2. Once this is done, seek out flat edged stones, or some old reclaimed bricks to create your edging. You can concrete these in or simply leave them loose.
3. Pop a shallow layer of gravel in the pit (if you’ve got some), and you’re ready to go…..
4. Pop some logs around the outside for seating if you have any, if not bring yourselves out a couple of garden chairs to relax in!