Carry on Camping

enamel plates

The age old and one time rather quaint hobby of camping has undergone something of a cultural renaissance in the last few years, to become ‘glamping.’ For anyone who hasn’t noticed the transformation, that means glamorous camping. In other words, camping but at a higher level of comfort and style and foregoing the traditional ‘socks with sandals’ garb.

However glamping is as much about attitude as it is stylish tents and colourful accessories. In the end, camping or glamping still requires a fairly standard list of basic kit, among which you could include:

  • Enamel plates
  • Enamel mugs, kettle, pans etc.
  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Miniature stove
  • A tonne of wet wipes!

Ware of Knutsford has an extensive range of enamel plates, mugs and bowls that are useful not only out in ‘the bush’ but also at home to recreate that traditional or retro kitchen look.

Blue and white enamel plates

Shiny white enamelware with a blue rim is so ubiquitous on the holiday campsite it has almost become a British cultural icon in the style of the Mini or red telephone boxes. The porcelain bonded to steel construction method makes it strong but light, smooth and resistant to chemicals and staining. It can be used in the oven, dishwasher and on gas or electric hobs, plus it doesn’t burn and it doesn’t break – although the odd chip or two just adds to its charm!

Modern enamel plates, mugs and bowls are available in a wider range of colourways, allowing happy glampers to match their tent or outfit.

Camping recipes for enamel plates and pots

Even with a glorious collection of enamelware, campsite cooking is basic at best. Stick to one pot dishes and versatile ingredients such as eggs, to minimise the amount of kit you have to carry around. Try this Glencoe Omelette for simple but delicious:

To serve two
250g salmon fillet, cut in chunks
1 leek, thinly sliced
1 red pepper, deseeded and thinly sliced
5 eggs, beaten and seasoned
Salt and pepper
Olive oil

Heat some olive oil gently in a pan and fry the leeks and pepper for a few minutes. Add the salmon and stir regularly until just cooked through. Add the eggs and draw the mixture into the centre regularly as it cooks to avoid burning.

This meal works for breakfast, lunch and dinner, just vary the quantities slightly if you need a more or less substantial meal. Best of all, there’s hardly any washing up to do!

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