Cooking in the Outdoors
June 7, 2023
A Deliciously Fun Day
Girl Guides from the Central Highlands Region recently enjoyed a day of outdoor cooking activities at the Lingbogol campsite.
The day kicked off with an important discussion about fire safety, where the girls were taught how to select an appropriate surface, to safely build a firepit and to get the fire started.
The Guides were divided into groups and set off on a mission to collect dry wood that they then used to build their own fires. After successfully lighting the fires, billies were used to heat up water to make individual cups of soup, accompanied by toast cooked with a toasting fork.
This was followed by wrapping potatoes in tin foil to cook at the edge of the fire among the coals. These were later cut open and butter and cheese added. While the potatoes were cooking, the girls experimented with Pizza Jaffles using jaffle irons.
Next on the menu was ‘Omelettes in a Bag’ which provided the opportunity to introduce an alternative cooking device. These were cooked in billies on butane stoves and the omelettes were cooked to perfection. Eventually.
And of course, the best part of cooking is the DESSERT. The options included:
- Frog in a Muddy Pond – which consisted of hot chocolate, sponge cake squares, and a chocolate frog.
- Apple Crumble – an apple peeled, sliced, sprinkled with cinnamon, wrapped in foil, and cooked in the coals.
- Banana Split – a banana sliced lengthwise and filled with chocolate, wrapped in tin foil, and placed in the coals.
After the delightful feast, it was time to pack up and eliminate all signs of the fireplaces. The girls carefully settled the fires to extinguish them completely, then the leaders doused them with water to eliminate any risk of spreading. The bricks were moved away from the fire’s edge, allowing them to cool before removal later in the day.
It was a day filled with laughter, learning, and delicious food. The Guides experimented with new skills and demonstrated their ability to work together while enjoying the great outdoors.
A big thank you to all the volunteer Leaders involved in this event.