Last week, I spent my Spring Break in Yosemite National Park! One of the integral parts of camping is, of course, spending time around the camp fire and barbecuing. So this week, everything I cooked was over an open flame. This made it a little harder for me to predict how long it would take things to cook, but luckily, I had a lot of friends surrounding me giving me advice so I didn't totally mess up our meals.
So this week's meal is a little different than ones I have done previously where I had a process and specific cooking directions. Because I was out in the wilderness without internet access, I kind of just made up what I cooked as we went. We also didn't have a formal meal, we kind of just continually snacked for several hours as we sat around the fire. I have to say I really prefer this type of cooking. There is a lot less stress involved in getting things done at a certain time and no high expectations for how it turns out.
As a sort of appetizer, I made some veggies (asparagus, squash, bell peppers) by spreading the veggies out over aluminum foil and adding some olive oil. I flipped them a few times, waited until they were golden brown, and voila! It was very simple but easy way to get some healthy food in while camping. I then made some bacon. Again, so easy, but so delicious. It got a little hot putting my hand over the fire while flipping but the trick was to find the angle that the heat wasn't blowing towards. My only tip for those barbecuing over an open fire is to not let the fat drip in the fire. I almost burned some people when the flames started going out of control from the fat.
The third thing I made was some steaks and potatoes. With the potatoes, I sliced them up, wrapped them in aluminum foil, and put them over the fire. I then added the steaks to the makeshift BBQ. I doused the steak in some pepper spices and let them cook. It was hard to determine when the steaks were done but in the end I just cut one open and checked to make sure it wasn't too pink. Everything was delicious and got eaten in minutes!