We’ve just spent the most beautiful weekend in Eype, Dorset, which is near the spectacular West Bay (otherwise known as ‘Broadchurch‘ from the ITV series of the same name.)
It’s been a good 10 years since my last camping trip, and I was excited to spend the day before sorting out our tent and other equipment, but most importantly, the food!
I baked a batch of Bourke Street Bakery sausage rolls, packed some of my cocoa coconut bites, and managed to get my hands on some gorgeous Well Seasoned pesto to enjoy with my favourite Ryvita multiseed thins.
The pesto was a fabulous treat – so zingy and fresh. We tried two different varieties from the Well Seasoned range – Malvern Basil & Wild Marjoram, and Roasted Salad Onion & Worcester Parsley. Mr Q preferred the Basil variety, and I liked the Salad Onion best – the Old Winchester cheese in these recipes adds a great chunky texture and tons of taste – they were scooped up and gobbled down in only minutes. Delicious just on crackers, but I reckon they’d be even better stirred into hot pasta, as the little chunks of cheese and crunchier texture would add that little extra something that traditional pestos don’t have. Yum.
After a fabulous little picnic, we continued on to Eype House Caravan and Camping Park, pitched our tent and set off to explore the beach and surrounding clifftops.
We settled on the nearby Smuggler’s Bar at the Eype House Hotel for our (very disappointing) dinner, and I regretted not bringing more ingredients to cook something from scratch! Never mind, the stroll back to the campsite under the stars made up for it, and the meal was quickly forgotten.
After a cosy night’s sleep, Mr Q took care of our great outdoors breakfast with a really decent bacon sandwich! Slathered with plenty of my red onion marmalade, the sandwich set us up for the long drive ahead.
I really recommend heading to Eype, the campsite was lovely and so picturesque. I only wish we’d had a few days to explore the area properly!
When we return to settle in Australia in the next few months, we hope to get out into the outdoors more often. What are your picnic or camping food must-haves? Let me know in the comments!