We all love our food and going into the woods is not a reason to forsake good cooking, there is no need to eat charred dry meat. I did some research and devised a simple versatile stew that can be used to add some flavours to outdoor cooking, perfect for camping backpackers or buschrafters.
I didn’t use any wild edibles in this recipe, but they can easily be substituted in resulting in fewer items needing to be carried into the woods.
- Garlic- can be substituted for ramsons or wild onion
- Onions- substituted for the above
- Potatoes- could be replaced with burdock or other roots
- Stewing meat- any wild game could be used
- Beef stock cubes
- Salt, pepper and mixed herbs
The above list of ingredients is what I used, as you can see a lot of things can be foraged for if the season is right. The most important items on the list are the seasoning and the beef stock cubes, as they are what adds flavour.
Cover the meat in a little bit of oil and then coat in flour. Place the meat into the pot and begin searing and browning the outside.
While the meat is browning dice the onions, garlic into small pieces and the potatoes into chunky cubes. Once the meat has browned throw in the onion and garlic, allow this to cook until the onion has softened.
Next add about 3/4 of a pot of water, along with the potatoes cubes, the beef stock and any seasoning you need.
Let this simmer for about 40-45 minutes. Make sure the potatoes are cooked all the way through before you take the stew of the heat. Any extra flour can be combined with some water to make a dumpling, this can be dropped in about 15 minutes before the stew is done and allowed to cook.
While this recipe won’t win any culinary awards it certainly makes a nice change from spit roasted meat and doesn’t require too many complicated ingredients. Certainly, many of the items are multipurpose, for example carry a sachet of yeast and the flour can then be used to bake bread or combined with some baking powder to make a breakfast bannock the next morning. I haven’t included any measurements simply because it depends on how much you want to make.
I used ½ an onion, 1 clove of garlic, 6 pieces of meat and 2 potatoes which I cooked in roughly a 1 litre stove. I thought it was a perfect hearty portion size for one person.
Leave a comment if you give this a try and let me know if there is anything you would like to see.