Camp Cookin’ in Blomidon

Originally posted Aug. 4, 2010

Earlier this summer I enjoyed a beautiful camp weekend at Blomidon Provincial Park on the shores of the Minas Basin here in Nova Scotia. In between hiking Cape Split, running into town for ice, making campfires, and visiting wineries, we managed to fit in some serious camp cooking. Who says you have to compromise on taste when you’re camping? Not only did I choose to prepare delicious grilled camp food, I kept it all healthy and nutritious.

Camp breakfast consisted of grilled baguette toast, grilled vine tomatoes along with a red and yellow pepper egg scramble topped with goat’s cheese. There is nothing better than the flavour and simplicity of a rich, juicy grilled tomato – I could think of nothing better with which to top my grilled toast. As you can see we were using a Weber Baby-Q, which we were very lucky to have. Also, many of the camp kitchen essentials and cooking tools were brought along – making not too many dishes an impossibility simply because we were grilling in the great Canadian outdoors. A bowl of succulent, candy-like local Nova Scotia strawberries was also enjoyed during our morning nosh. There was of course fresh coffee from a Bodum french press. Okay, maybe I’m not the most low-maintenance camper.

Lunch was eaten on the hike (baguette, cheese, tomato, basil) and upon returning to camp our prep for dinner promptly commenced. Bright yellow local corn turned even brighter by a combination of shallow-boiling and grilling (to speed up the cooking process) accompanied by potatoes, grilled red peppers, and one of my greatest accomplishments to date: the vegetarian “double bacon cheeseburger”. A grilled garden veggie burger topped with melted Jarlsburg, grilled smoked veggie bacon, sauteed onions, and toasted bun with ketchup and lots of Dijon. I know some of you may have your doubts – but believe me – it was smoky barbecued deliciousness, even without the meat. I could have grilled some fish and perhaps next time I will camp somewhere I can catch my own and throw it on.

Also to be noted on this trip to such a beautiful region in our province – the amazing views of the Minas Basin shores, as well as a stop in our very own wine country. We detoured for a quick glass of wine in the vineyard at Blomidon Estate Winery. The Blow Me Down red is a blend that was designed for easy summer drinking, preferably chilled. It was indeed a nice cool sip on a perfect, hot and sunny summer day in the Annapolis Valley. I feel lucky to be able enjoy weekend or even day trips to such picturesque areas in my amazing province.

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