“Food always tastes better in the great outdoors”. That’s what my mum always said, and you have to admit, mums are rarely wrong.
Mum was a great cook but, as with most things in life, it was only after I moved out of home that I truly appreciated her.
Home cooked Italian classics, lasagne, tiramisu, gastronomic hazelnut tortes … I never quite perfected her reporteire but she instilled in me a great love of food, of life and of the great outdoors.
This was my first Easter without her. I spent it doing what she would have loved, being with my beautiful family, enjoying time in nature with the people I love.
Last weekend I was way off the grid, camped in the beautiful High Country of Victoria, around the Buckland Valley, about four hours from home.
It was lovely to also catch up with my daughter, who’s now living away from home.
There’s no denying that camping and mealtimes brings us together. Here’s Harry and my daughter’s new Blue Heeler pup Tilly sharing a drink.
We enjoyed the simple things. Off road driving to spectacular mountain peaks, the colors of Autumn leaves, bushwalks and, at night, relaxing round the campfire.
Like an age old ritual, cooking and eating around a campfire draws us together.
Laughter, story telling, reminiscing and good wholesome food, starry skies and warmth … it’s what memories are made of.
Breakfasts are always big. Well, it is the most important meal of the day after all.
Lunches are often simpler when we’re on the road. Wraps, sandwiches, salads, fruit or just a good old fashioned picnic.
Here are my boys enjoying a picnic lunch on the shore of Lake Buffalo on Easter Saturday.
Lunch with an awesome view. Proof that joy is in the simple things.
Dinner is usually the main deal when we’re camping. After a day exploring it’s time to sit back and cook up a feast.
Easter Saturday we cooked a roast lamb on the Cobb Cooker with the full assortment of roast vegetables …
Focus on the good things in life and you’re bound to improve your mood.
Yes, this really does apply to me …
I cook with wine. Sometimes I even add it to the food.” – W.C. Fields 🍷 (Oh yes, I do love a glass or two)
Cooking is the art of adjustment.” – Jacques Pepin (Who follows a recipe to the tee. Not me.)
One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.” – Luciano Pavarotti (Nothing beats living in the moment. Cook with love, eat with friends)
With Easter behind us I hope you all had a chance to share some happy times with the special people in your life.
May we all relish the joy in the ordinary, appreciate the simple and truly savor all the blessings in our life. There’s always something to be grateful for.
Wishing you a great week ahead, filled with smiles, happiness, nourishing food and all of the good things in life.
In response to Ailsa’s Travel Theme: Cook