twice a year I am asked to help my friends out as camp cook for their 'band camp' (yes, it actually is a band camp, where all my friends who are in concert bands, stage bands, orchestras, etc get together and rehearse for their big semester concerts).
I've been cooking for them for the past 5 camps, and am am always looking for ways to increase time efficiency in the kitchen, as well as the general taste of food, etc
At the moment, the typical camp menu is:
Saturday morning: Self serve breakfast (cereal, toast, etc)
Saturday morning tea: Honey joys, brownies
Saturday lunch: Rolls with salad and lunch meat. Heated canned soup.
Saturday afternoon tea: Homemade pizza
Saturday dinner: Spag bol/vegie pasta sauce, garlic bread. Peach crumble for dessert
Sunday breakfast: Bacon and eggs
Sunday lunch: BBQ (home made burgers, vegie burgers, salads)
I'm looking for recipes that are good when cooked in bulk and are space/time friendly. (E.g. I'm thinking of phasing the Honey Joys out of this semester's menu for something else because of the fiddly little paper muffin cups, while the brownies are easy cos you just whack them in a tray... space efficient too because they fill the WHOLE tray rather than leave little gaps...) Things that are cheap to make would be a bonus too!
Any suggestions would be much appreciated - especially for Sunday breakfast, as I think the vegetarians get a little shafted (they only get egg, although sometimes i fry up tomatoes for the ones i recognise
). Suggestions for variations in Saturday dinner would also be good, as it's been pasta ever since I've been there.
A few things to take into consideration:
- Space is limited - it's your typical camp cooksite (so biggish fridge, bigger than your average household stove/oven space), but bench space gets a bit crowded at times. Things that can be cooked in bulk rather than individually would be a life saver.
- As I cook for over 100 people, food can't be TOO fancy, as there are a lot of picky eaters.
- Anything that saves time is a bonus - there's nothing worse than standing around in a hot kitchen having to stir something every 2 minutes. Especially when you're doing that and the orchestra is playing the same bit. Over and over again. And again. And again...
Apologies for the long post - and any help would be much appreciated