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Published on 13.05.20 in Nature & recipes

Spring recipes

The spring gives us a fantastic opportunity to start campfire cooking. Simple soups are great, and campfire bread or pancakes, or how about fire-popped popcorn?

To help you get started check out our guides to:

It's a great time of year for wild garlic pesto and wild garlic butter - see below for recipes.

And why not give elderflower cordial a go? Don't forget to pick the flowers early in the morning if you can - they start to smell a bit like wee if you pick later in the day!

Next week we will be exploring nettles.

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Wild garlic pesto

A recipe for a wild garlic pesto, super easy to make and super strong tasting!

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Wild garlic butter

A wild garlic butter recipe - super easy to make and a perfect partner with campfire bread.

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Campfire baked potatoes

A campfire cooking classic! So simple but ohhhh so yummy, healthy and filling!

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Campfire bread on a stick

Freshly baked bread smells even better on a campfire! Here’s a quick unleavened (non yeast) recipe to try.

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Campfire orange cakes

A fun, yummy campfire cake activity. Plus, reflections on campfire cooking methods & why these cakes taste SO good!

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Campfire buns or fairy cakes

Our favourite traditional little sponge buns baked on a campfire.

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Campfire popcorn in a pan

A simple way to cook a large quantity of great tasting (and not smoky) popcorn on a campfire.

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Make a sieve popcorn cooker

Cooking popcorn in sieves is a wonderful visual experience - here's how to make your own.

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Campfire popcorn in a sieve

Cooking popcorn kernels over a campfire using sieves is a fascinating campfire cooking activity.

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Deep learning with dandelions - part 1

A four-year-old's immersive experience with dandelions.

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Deep learning with dandelions - part 2

The story of a dandelion jam adventure – from foraging to eating – and the mistakes & learning along the way.

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Dandelion jam recipe

A simple jam recipe for a tasty use of your freshly-foraged dandelions.

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