Getting Back to Nature

During a recent camping experience with friends it became apparent how important it is to get back to nature.  

During our three day stay at Bittangabee Bay  campground in Ben Boyd National Park we spent a lot of time talking, collecting seafood and for the most part preparing/cooking amazing campfire meals. With little more than single pot and pan and a lot of ingenuity/teamwork we managed to produce some of the most memorable seafood dishes we have ever sampled. Not to mention the muffin creations... But that is another story. 

It all began with a day in the water collecting mussels, oysters, crayfish,abalone and an assortment of speared reef fish. During this monumental team effort we managed to source enough seafood to support our food needs for the days to follow. 

Countless hours were spent talking around the camp fire. Mostly deliberation over how to cook the wonderful food we had on offer.

Day 1-

  • Oysters Cooked on hot coals
  • Crayfish natural served with lemon and cracked pepper
  •  Crumbed Mowrong  
  • Muffins with melted white chocolate blueberries and fried banana...  
Roughing it in the bush... 

Roughing it in the bush... 

Teamwork in progress. Fire master to the right.  

Teamwork in progress. Fire master to the right.  

 

After the success of day one our stomaches were quite content. Also there was a strong feeling of relaxation around the camp. By no means did we think we could ever top such a delightful campfire degustation on day 2. However that did not stop us from trying. 

 

Day 2  

  • Oysters Killpatrick  
  • Crayfish Thermidor 2 ways  
  • Abalone traditional (to be explained) 
  • Muffin creation no.2 Roasted marshmallow, fired banana, crumbled Forrero Rocher on a heated chocolate chip muffin

 

Creation in muffin form  

Creation in muffin form  

The most tender abalone one could ever eat.  Cooked using a special technique that will remain a secret.  

The most tender abalone one could ever eat.  Cooked using a special technique that will remain a secret.  

After eating like kings for a few days there was talk of abandoning modern society in favour of the hunter gatherer life. However the temptation of hot showers was eventually too much to bare.  

In summary, this trip was a real eye opener. Within only a few days we had all connected with each other, the food we had collected ourselves and the environment around us in a way that made everyone feel very happy, relaxed and content. So when you get the chance grab some friends a pot and a pan, tent or swag and make the time to get back to nature.  

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